New Faculty Director for the Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration

Posted: March 21, 2018

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tessa Hicks Peterson as director of the Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration effective July 1st 2018, succeeding founding director Deb Mashek.


The Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration (OCAC) works to develop and maintain effective, efficient, sustainable, and enduring cross-campus academic collaborations among the Claremont Colleges. Each year, responding to the interests of faculties, staffs, and administrations, the 7C deans identify a small number of priority themes to focus this office’s attention.  The two emphases for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years are data science and justice education.


Tessa Hicks Peterson is Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Pitzer College, and also the author of the newly released book, Student Development and Social Justice: Critical Learning, Radical Healing, and Community Engagement. Tessa was hired by Pitzer College, first as a visiting professor (in 2006) and has been the faculty director of the Community Engagement Center since 2008. Her work over the years developing, managing, and facilitating intercollegiate and cross-community networks, programs and policies, as well as her experiences straddling both academic and administrative appointments, has afforded her critical experience to perform well the role that the OCAC director serves.


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