Centers & Institutes

Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS)
The Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS) seeks to enrich and develop social, intellectual and personal growth in our students by providing Asian American resources as well as a welcoming, supportive environment. The Center serves as an advocate for the Asian and Pacific Islander community and promotes an educational dialogue that embraces the unique experiences of ethnic communities, the cultural fabric of our institution.

Claremont Infant Student Center (Baby Lab)
The Claremont Infant Study Center conducts ongoing research to study and explore the ways babies from birth to 9 months of age perceive and learn from the world around them.

Community Engagement Center (CEC)
The Community Engagement Center (CEC) at Pitzer College is committed to teaching students to be responsible citizens of local communities by linking a liberal arts education to concrete action. CEC supports Pitzer faculty, students, staff and community partners in forwarding social responsibility and community engagement in surrounding neighborhoods through research, service, advocacy and action.

Ferré/Marquet Vaccine Research Center at Pitzer College
The Ferré/Marquet Vaccine Research Center at Pitzer College helps develop cost-effective vaccine production and address urgent health issues in southern Africa. The Center gathers faculty, students and local community members who perform cutting edge bioscience research to improve healthcare in developing countries.

Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology (Costa Rica)
The Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology at Pitzer College is home to programs in Pitzer’s science, language, and international studies curricula, and provides opportunities for faculty research and student engagement in an intercultural context. The program features local collaborative resource management, especially of its own stand of harvestable timber bamboo, a focus on human and tropical ecology, the study of reforestation and sustainable agriculture/permaculture practices, and community-based education including intensive language and culture studies.

Institute for Global/Local Action & Study (IGLAS)
The Institute for Global/Local Action & Study (IGLAS) includes the Office of Graduate Fellowships.

Munroe Center for Social Inquiry (MCSI)
The Ruth and Lee Munroe Center for Social Inquiry at Pitzer College promotes interdisciplinary research and public discussion of important issues concerning society, cultures and public policy. Each year the Center sponsors a themed series of events, including lectures, seminars, panel discussions, exhibitions, screenings, and performances. Students can apply to be Fellows of the Center for each spring semester.

Pitzer in Ontario
Pitzer in Ontario is a comprehensive, semester-long, three-course community-based education and cultural immersion program in Ontario, California, with theoretical foundations in the social sciences and a strong emphasis on experiential education. The program integrates an extensive internship with interdisciplinary coursework that provides the analytical framework from which social and urban issues can be effectively evaluated.

Writing Center
Located in 131 Mead Hall, just across from the fountain, the Pitzer Writing Center offers Pitzer students free individual conferences with experienced writers trained to consult on assignments in any discipline at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to polishing a final draft. The Writing Center is one of Pitzer’s most popular academic resources. If you are a Pitzer student, we encourage you to schedule a session. Regular 50-minute appointments, two-hour appointments for thesis writers, and special consultations for international students are available. Please visit the Writing Center’s website for more information.