Melvin Oliver, the new president of Pitzer College, is the first African American to take the helm of a college in the Claremont Consortium, a cluster of elite private colleges and universities just east of Los Angeles. He assumed the position at a time of increased scrutiny of college campuses nationwide about how they manage safe spaces, freedom of speech, and identity politics. In this photo, he waits in a classroom for a guest speaker to arrive on Oct. 6, 2016.
The late afternoon sun catches a splash during the frantic final moments of a Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's water polo game against Iona College on Oct. 8, 2016.
The Caltech men's soccer team faces the flag during a playing of the national anthem on Sept. 14 at Pomona College.
Gabe Perry-Freer, a member of the Pitzer Outdoor Adventure (POA) organization, which funds and supports students wishing to backpack, camp, or otherwise explore the outdoors. POA is facing scrutiny for a lack of diversity in the types of students who access its resources.
Pitzer College, home to about 1,000 students, has made on-campus living a priority in its strategic plan in an attempt to catalyze an inclusive and welcoming campus climate. In the next few years, the college will break ground on a new residence hall to replace Mead, the oldest residence hall on campus. In this photo, Ben Cowan and Kat Harhai, both juniors, sit in their suite's common room in Mead on Sept. 9.
Claremont McKenna College Dean of Students Mary Spellman, far left, reacts to calls for her resignation at a protest organized on Nov. 11, 2015 in retaliation to a pattern of indifference from school administration towards campus racism. She submitted her letter of resignation the next day.