Student Engagement and Community Support

Engaging CMC

Expect new ways of experiencing clubs and organizations, competitive events, service experiences, creative ventures, and more. We’re thinking outside the box (or sometimes inside the box!) for some different kinds of fun.


We are committed to individualized, full community support for shared experience, student growth, and expanded opportunity. These are some of the ways that CMC will come together as a close-knit community.

  • Robust student-led programming with CPB, ASCMC, DOS, the CARE Center, campus clubs, organizations, and affinity groups to build community, purpose, and play.
  • Comprehensive, FYG student-led orientation experience to welcome our Class of 2024.
  • Off-campus room and board support for students on financial aid, including necessary technology and books.
  • Peer success consultants with a focus on virtual learning skills.
  • Individualized support and family training in mental health.
  • One-on-one dedicated career coaching through the Soll Center for Student Opportunity.
  • Reimagined virtual Athenaeum program with world class faculty, speakers, and moderated discussions.
  • Full engagement of the Presidential Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience in America and the Open Academy.
  • Health and fitness programming through our great coaches and experts in Roberts Pavilion.

Student Engagement

This year will be different, but you won’t miss out on the fun CMC experiences you love. We’ll bring them to you!

Leadership development opportunities, including those through CMC’s many research institutes, faculty research program, and employment will continue through virtual means.

CMC students are also working with the Dean of Students Office and other departments across the campus to plan a broad array of student engagement opportunities. Expect new ways of experiencing clubs and organizations, competitive events, service experiences, creative ventures, and more. Students from the Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College (ASCMC) and the College Programming Board (CPB) are collaborating to create a vibrant schedule of virtual programs throughout the semester, so you can engage and socialize outside class. ASCMC has also been working closely with clubs and organizations to virtualize their programming and will work to coordinate a calendar so you’ll know what’s happening 24/7.

Your RAs will still be here for you, reaching out individually, creating group touch points, hosting study sessions, movie nights, and more. We’ll provide Zoom virtual backgrounds of your favorite residential spaces, so you can rep your dorm wherever you are.

Not all programming will require a computer or Zoom account. We’re thinking outside the box (or sometimes inside the box!) for some different kinds of fun such as gardening kits, fantasy leagues, cooking nights and mystery box exchanges. Look for a virtual Club and Institute Fair soon after classes begin to help all students learn about student organizations and opportunities at CMC.

Soll Center for Student Opportunity

The Soll Center for Student Opportunity is reimagining all of its programming and services by proactively working with employers, alumni, and parents to create more virtual internship, micro-internship, and full-time opportunities for students, including:

  • New coaching program designed to fit the needs of specific class years, with a dedicated career coach who will individually connect with every student
  • Emphasis on first-year career exploration through focused interest clusters, workshops on crafting one’s story, and individualized meetings about CMC resources
  • New series that will connect students and alumni to paid part-time project work through the Parker Dewey micro-internship platform. This will allow students to complete remote skills-based projects for 10-40 hours across various industries and departments
  • Individual placement services and targeted workshops for graduating seniors
  • Virtualized networking trips, job shadowing, Peers + Careers series, industry meet-ups, and coffee chats free of geographic and travel constraints. Events will be customized and targeted to specific areas of career exploration

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is already underway in virtual format this summer and we hope you have logged into the New Student Orientation Portal to view the many offerings. We’ve brought on board more First Year Guides (FYGs) this year to make sure that first-year groups are smaller to help build connections. First years will be introduced to the many resources available to support them as they navigate their first year as a CMCer, including:

  • Live sessions with departments
  • Informative videos and multimedia
  • Individual meetings with their new academic advisors
  • Information sessions with academic departments
  • Social media engagement through the new @cmcfyp Instagram

Mental Health Support/Case Management

While it is always normal and okay to have some challenges with your mental health, you may find yourself having an even more difficult time in this current landscape. The uncertainty of what comes next can bring about feelings of anxiety, isolation, lack of motivation, hopelessness, and more. We are committed to supporting you and your friends as we navigate this time together, regardless of where you might be located this semester, through Case Management.

Some ways we are virtualizing our support include:

  • Expanded mental health training in the QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) method to recognize, intervene, and appropriately refer people who are struggling
  • Creating local resource lists for different areas around the world
  • Providing drop-in and group therapy options with our locally contracted therapists
  • New and creative mental health programming and support through the use of videos, social media, podcasts, apps, and more
  • 24/7 on-demand free teletherapy available to all students through Timely.MD will continue through the fall semester
  • Assistant dean Jess Neilson will be available for individual meetings with students, and her open-door policy will remain intact through Zoom drop-in office hours

Support for Student-Led Healthy Culture Initiatives

Consistent with our well-being framework, the Dean of Students Office will partner with students, and campus and consortium resources, to develop and implement upstream well-being initiatives that will impact students regardless of where they are living in the fall.

CARE Center

The CARE Center will remain a space for expression, study, dialogue, and exploration of our intersecting social identities and how they inform the ways in which we live within, learn from, and engage with the world. CARE Center programs will help students identify structural forces that have separated, fragmented, and polarized our society. On the heels of an election year, a nationwide rise in Black Lives Matter protests, and increased attention on social equity issues, the CARE Center will help students explore and practice the many strategies and skills through which we can overcome divisive challenges to build stronger, flourishing communities.

Holistic Student & Academic Success

The Student Success team in the Dean of Students Office will continue open-door practices through virtual meetings to help each student meet their well-being and academic and personal success goals.  In addition, our Success Consultants have developed robust programming and support across global time zones. These peer mentors help students meet coursework, sleep management, stress tolerance, nutrition, and other essential goals.

The CMC planners return for another year! All first-year students will automatically receive their planner in the mail. Returning students should use this form to request a planner and provide a mailing address. The Academic Success website offers many resources to download (including the ever-popular Semester-At-A-Glance calendar!). We are student-centered and would be glad to hear from students with any requests or ideas related to student success. Please email, or any member of the Student Success team, to start the conversation.

We know that as students with accommodations prepare for the fall semester, they may find the need to adjust some aspects of their support for this virtual setting, and Accessibility Services is available for consultation and adjustments. All new students with a need for accommodations are encouraged to register for accommodations prior to the start of the academic year to support their success. Please reach out to Kari Rood at

These are preliminary updates and additional information will be provided as plans are finalized.


This year will be different, but you won’t miss out on the fun CMC experiences you love. We’ll bring them to you!


CMC Zoom Forums

Select from the links below to access the Zoom recordings of our CMC Returns Forums.

All Student Forum Video >

Recorded July 27, 2020

Financial Aid Forum Video >

Recorded July 28, 2020

Work-Study Information Session >

Recorded August 24, 2020


The College received funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn more about how those funds were distributed to CMC students.

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