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2009 | 2020

Roberta Romero

Roberta Romero (MBA, 2009; MSIST, 2020), Jashaina Thomas (MSFE, 2021), and Harvey Mudd College student Amber Hughes teamed up for “Hack for Black Lives” in February. The not-so-traditional hackathon challenged students at the Claremont Colleges to practice active anti-racism by leveraging their interests and skills to develop solutions that support Black communities. Their group worked together to conceptualize a government entity that would oversee and regulate the use of AI software in large, influential organizations and proposed a solution to expose and mitigate algorithmic bias and impart a culture of responsibility for those involved in tech developments of the future.

2009 | 2016

Jason Rivera

Jason Rivera (MA, Psychology, PhD, Education) has been named Director of Strategic Research at the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, DC. Jason is a higher education researcher focused on issues of access and equity in student experience and success.

2009 | 2012

Fadi Al-Buhairan

Arab News recently highlighted the work of Fadi Al-Buhairan (MS, PhD, Information Systems & Technology) who serves as deputy CEO at SPL (formerly known as Saudi Post).

2008 | 2016

Yvonne Mills

Yvonne Mills (MA, Literature and Film; PhD, English) received tenure at Cerro Coso Community College. Find the story online at Sierra Wave Media.

2008 | 2010

Janice Adelman

Janice Adelman (MA, PhD, Psychology) received the 2021 Distinguished Service to the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) Award. Adelman is one of Professor Michael Hogg’s former students and a member of his Social Identity Lab. SPSSI has always been Janice’s passion and she has always been centrally involved in SPSSI and other scientific psychology organizations.


Clint Lorimore

Clint Lorimore (MA, International Studies) was re-elected as a council member in the city of Eastvale, CA. Lorimore has a consulting firm.

2007 | 2011

Sue Feldman

Sue Feldman (MA, Education; PhD, Education, Information Systems & Technology) has been recognized for her work on healthcare in the technology-education space. Read more about Feldman on


Quinton Bemiller

Quinton Bemiller (MFA) was appointed Dean for School of Arts & Humanities and School of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Norco College, part of the Riverside Community College District, in July.


Julie A. Vitale 

Julie A. Vitale (PhD, Education) has been named a 2021 Equity Champion by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE).

2005 | 2015

Naomi Fraga

California Botanic Garden Director of Conservation and Research Assistant Professor of Botany Naomi Fraga’s (MA, PhD, Botany) project to save the Amargosa niterwort (Nitrophila mohavensis) was featured on the front page and the entire back page of section A of the LA Times in August. Reporter Louis Sahagun joined Fraga and recent grad student Maria Jesus on a seed-collecting trip to the salt flat of the Amargosa River Basin in the Mojave Desert. The report tells of the efforts of conservationists and biologists in the fight against worsening climate change.

1998 | 2003

Charmaine Jackson Mercer

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has named Charmaine Jackson Mercer (MA, Politics; PhD, Education) as its first Chief of Equity and Culture, a newly created senior role.  A leader in education, government, philanthropy, and nonprofit arenas, Mercer will oversee external grant-making related to racial equity, including a new 10-year, $150-million racial justice initiative. Read the full announcement about Mercer in the Chronicle of Higher Education.


James Shaw

James Shaw (PhD, Education) designed a document containing over 100 questions for law enforcement officers titled “Survey of Police Service” or S.O.P.S. It is designed to help officers put themselves in the minds of the community members they serve.