Claremont McKenna College invites you to join us in the month of October for eight dynamic programs geared specifically to engage, educate, and inspire our most dedicated community members. While we cannot meet in person for our traditional ImpactCMC Weekend, we have deconstructed the experience into eight dynamic and immersive sessions, allowing you to connect with staff, faculty, and most importantly, students.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 7, 3:30 p.m. PT
How Volunteer Engagement is Vital to CMC’s Future: A Town Hall with President Hiram E. Chodosh
We all know that formidable challenges expose our vulnerabilities and call on our sustaining values and strength. As we encounter COVID-19, racism, climate change, polarizing threats to our democracy, and greater stress on higher education, how should CMC respond? During this Town Hall, President Chodosh invites your insights and commitment to three educational imperatives:

The development of responsible leadership throughout our society
The integration of scientific discovery with a strong understanding of policy, economics, ethics, and culture; and

The expansion of access and opportunity by removing the barriers that stand between us and our ability to learn, lead, and succeed.

Please join us as we capture the significance of this historic moment for CMC and explore what we each can do in ways both big and small to contribute to the College’s singular response to the world’s challenges. By invitation only.

Thursday, October 8, 4:00 p.m. PT
A Timely Investment: Integrated Sciences & Computation at CMC
Engage in a focused discussion on how CMC is building a world-class, next-generation liberal arts and leadership program in integrated sciences and computation. Join President Hiram Chodosh, Co-Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Biology, Emily Wiley, Ph.D., and Vice President for Advancement and Student Opportunities, Dean of the Robert Day Scholars Program, Michelle Chamberlain to learn about this timely investment to raise the technical fluency of all CMC students, as well as its impact on our campus.

Tuesday, October 13, 4:00 p.m. PT
An Inside Look at the CMC Business Model
Curious about the CMC budget? Always wanted to know more about the financial position of the College? Join Vice President of Business and Chief Operating Officer, Coreen Rodgers and Associate Vice President for Finance and Acting Treasurer, Erin Watkins as we learn what it takes to create the CMC business model and how volunteers play a key role.

Thursday, October 15, 4:00 p.m. PT
Project 20/20 and Beyond: The Collective Power of CMC’s Research Institutes
CMC’s research institutes are a unique feature, producing hundreds of faculty-student collaborations every year. Join Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics, William Ascher, Ph.D. and Co-Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Crown Professor of Psychology, George R. Roberts Fellow, Shana Levin, Ph.D. Burnet C. Wohlford Professor of American Political Institutions, George Thomas, Ph.D , Associate Professor of Religious Studies Esther Chung-Kim Ph.D and Podlich Family Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow, Hilary Appel Ph.D to discover more about the great work conducted by CMC’s 11 institutes, their joint efforts in this academic year, and how CMC alumni, parents, and friends are integral to their success. Students will join this session to highlight cross-institute projects.

Wednesday, October 21, 4:00 p.m. PT
Confronting Challenges Together – How Volunteers are the ‘Secret Sauce’ of Successful Student Outcomes
In these uncertain times, internships, full-time roles, and graduate school admission are top of mind for our students. Join Director of the Robert Day Scholars Program & Scholar Communities, Beth (Saliba) Milev '05 and Director for Student Opportunity, Ursula Diamond, along with current students, to learn how the Center supports career exploration and the vital role that volunteers play in this important work.

Thursday, October 22, 3:00 p.m. PT
CMC’s Response: The Presidential Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience in America
Join Associate Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion and Chief Civil Rights Officer, Nyree Gray, J.D. to discuss the newly announced Presidential Initiative and how we will work to develop a long-term, structural, integrated educational response to racism, inequality, and inequity. CMC is taking on the challenge to not just study racism, but to find effective ways to end it. 

Monday, October 26, 4:00 p.m. PT
Coronavirus and College Admission
Learn how COVID-19 is impacting recruiting for the Class of 2025 with Associate Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid, Jennifer Sandoval-Dancs, from virtual recruiting and campus visits to how CMC reads files in a test-optional environment. The session will also focus on the importance of volunteers in this remote environment and how alumni and parents can help in the selection process and representing CMC in all corners of the globe.

Wednesday, October 28, 4:00 p.m. PT
The Future of Engagement: A Focus Group on Expanding Volunteer Contributions Across the Campus
In this final session of ImpactCMC, we will explore how coming together and giving back benefits both the institution and the individual. Join Assistant Vice President for Alumni and Parent Engagement, Evan Rutter '06 to explore these benefits and discuss the many opportunities that exist, and will exist, to engage with CMC. During this program, we will unveil the new Engage CMC platform and discuss how it will enhance our ability to connect.

Thursday, November 19, 5:30 p.m. PT
Gratitude for Your CMC Spirit: A Virtual Wine Tasting from the Comfort of Your Home
CMC could not attract the best students, provide a world-class education, support their career goals, or look forward to a bright future without you! Register and attend four or more ImpactCMC programs, and as a token of our gratitude, CMC will send you a special invitation, including wine, for a virtual tasting event with certified sommelier Sal Medina, Proprietor of Packing House Wines in Claremont. If you prefer, we can send a non-alcoholic version to join in the tasting or a gift certificate to the CMC Supply Shop. Regardless, join us for some CMC revelry and conversation. By invitation only.

We look forward to connecting with you during the month of October. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at,, or by phone 909.621.8097.