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Community Engagement hosts first Alternative Spring Break Trip

May 28, 2014

Post created by Jennifer Sharma: Let me begin by indulging in one of my favorite activities – quoting the Harvey Mudd College Mission Statement. “Harvey Mudd College seeks to educate engineers, mathematicians, and scientists well versed in all of those areas as well as the humanities and social sciences so that they may assume leadership […]

Non-Normative Sexualities Make Their Voices Heard

April 25, 2014

On Wednesday, April 16, a crowd of students and faculty gathered in the Platt Green Room to discuss the topic of gender and sexual identities. OID’s Associate Dean Sumi Pendakur introduced a panel of students after outlining some of the issues of discovering one’s identity, self acceptance, stereotypes, and the reception of non-normative sexualities. A specific […]

Society of Women Engineers- West Conference held at Mudd

April 25, 2014

This year’s SWE WEST conference was held on April 5, which an overwhelming number of female high school students attended. The conference was aimed to expose the participants to STEM and give them an opportunity to meet like-minded students as well as professionals. Another one of the goals of the conference was to inform young women and […]

Appreciation vs Appropriation

April 25, 2014

When we borrow cultural items in an uneven system, are we honoring and respecting the culture of origin, or are we misusing the items and offending those that understand their real meaning? This was the subject of discussion on Tuesday, April 8th. Students met over lunch to discuss the difference between cultural appreciation and appropriation, […]

Asian Americans: Not Your Model Minority!

April 25, 2014

Wednesday, April 2nd, students and faculty gathered in the Hoch-Shanahan Aviation Room to learn about Asian American identity, from the history of Asian immigrants to the U.S. and exclusionary laws to present day stereotypes and misconceptions. OID’s Associate Dean Sumi Pendakur led a discussion on racial stereotypes such as “forever forever” and “model minority”; many of […]

Roots to Branches: The History and Reality of the Farmworkers Movement

April 25, 2014

During lunch on Wednesday, March 26th, the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) hosted a seminar and discussion on the U.S. farm worker’s movement in honor of the upcoming Cesar Chavez Day, March 31st. OID’s own Sumun Pendakur gave a brief seminar of the movement, discussing previous working conditions, union formation, worker civil rights, strikes (huelga) […]

OID Identity Intersections: Professor Erika Dyson

April 7, 2014

Monday, March 24th, a large group of students and faculty gathered over lunch to hear from Religious Studies Professor Erika Dyson about her life and journey. She discussed how everyone around us have ideas about who we are and who we should be, although these ideas rarely match up with the way we understand ourselves. […]

Financial Seminar for HMC Seniors

April 7, 2014

On Thursday, March 13th, Harvey Mudd College seniors gathered in a classroom to prepare for their financial future. The Office of Career Services invited Bruce Barton ’86 (who now works in personal finance) back to HMC to give a seminar on some of the economic considerations to make when graduating from college and entering the […]

The Other “F” Word: Feminism

March 10, 2014

Tuesday, March 4th, students and faculty came together over lunch to discuss the topic of feminism. Sumun Pendakur, Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity, presented information on the subject, as both a civil rights movement and a philosophy owned by men and women alike. She revealed some of the issues behind the stigma associated with the word […]

Atheists Talk Religion At Panel Discussion

March 10, 2014

During a busy lunch on Tuesday, February 25th, interested students and faculty members crowded into the Aviation Room of the Hoch-Shanahan dining hall to discuss atheism in modern culture. Four atheist panelists, Assistant Dean of Residential Life Michael Edwards, Computer Science Professor Robert Keller, and students Neftali Dominguez and Arthur Chi, addressed questions about what it […]

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