In 1994 the Minority Mentor Program (MMP) was developed to assist graduate students from underrepresented communities develop academically, professionally, and personally. The MMP provides mentors and mentees with mutually beneficial relationships by offering opportunities to discuss research, professional development, and graduate life. The overarching goal of the MMP is to support the successful transition of our first-year students by providing them with an understanding of CGU’s community, its challenges, and the services and resources that are in place to support them and allow for a successful graduate experience.
Through this program students will have the opportunity to attend various workshops throughout the year that will focus on the following areas:
Campus resources, and the importance of involvement
Networking and professional development
MMP Workshops for the 2014 Fall Semester
October 2 - Welcome Event, The Importance of Mentorship
Claudia Gutierrez is Deputy County Counsel, representing the County of Los Angeles in real estate and land use matters. Prior to joining the County, Claudia was a senior associate in the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin, and before that with Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis. Claudia's legal practice spans over multiple areas of real estate including purchase and sale, land use and development. Claudia has extensive experience advising clients on complex, cutting-edge real estate transactions. She received her J.D. from Loyola Law School, where she was a member of the Scott Moot Court Honors Board. Claudia received her B.A.in sociology with a correlate sequence in Hispanic studies (Spanish literature) from Vassar College. Claudia was born in Guadalajara and immigrated to this country with her family at the age of 10. Claudia is the proud mother of two amazing girls, Metz and Maya.
November 6 - Demystifying Graduate School
Dr. Jon Gary
Jon brings 14 years of experience in higher education which currently includes Acting Assistant Dean, at the Organization of Black Student Affairs (OBSA) for seven top 20 private universities which includes Harvey Mudd, Pomona College, Pitzer College and Claremont McKenna College. His role at the Claremont Colleges is to design academic programming that scaffolds student’s academic and behavioral choices as it pertains to campus African diasporic challenges (micro aggression, unconscious biasness), time management, study dynamics, career and leadership development. Jon also works as a Core Certified Faculty at National University for the College of Letters and Science, the graduate schools of Business (MBA), Public Administration (MPA), and Education (MA) in areas such as technology credentialing, Organizational Development courses and thesis writing coaching.
December 4 - End of Semester Event, Wellness
Dr. Denise Hayes
Dr. Denise Hayes joined Claremont University Consortium (CUC) July 2009 as Director of Student Health and Counseling Services. She was promoted to Vice President for Student Affairs January 2011. Her leadership responsibilities include providing leadership and facilitating collaboration for Student Affairs services provided to students attending the seven Claremont Colleges. CUC’s student services include: Chicano/Latino Affairs, the Chaplain’s Office, Health Education Outreach, the Office of Black Student Affairs, and Student Health and Counseling Services (SHACS). Vice President Hayes is a member of the Executive Office of CUC and reports to the CUC CEO. Dr. Hayes has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University and has been a Student Affairs Professional since 1992. In addition to serving as Director of Student Health and Counseling at DePauw University in Greencastle IN for 11 years, she has held leadership roles professionally. She has served as President of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD). An advocate for college mental health she has published in the Leadership Exchange, the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy and the Journal of Counseling and Development. She has presented at various conferences including NASPA’s College Mental Health Conference, NASPA’s Annual Conference, Active Minds Conference, and AUCCCD’s Annual Conference. She is has been interviewed on topics related to mental health and has been cited in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Ebony Magazine, the Indianapolis Star, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the San Antonio Express News. In addition to writing and presentations, Dr. Hayes has taught in the areas of Communication and Interviewing Skills and Multicultural Counseling. Committed to service, Denise has served for nearly 10 years as a board member for non profit organizations and she currently is a member of Claremont’s Sunrise Rotary Club. She maintains balance by being connected to family and friends, exercising and maintaining a strong spiritual foundation.