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Scripps’ 32-acre campus is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world. Located in Southern California, the College is regularly featured as one of America’s most beautiful college campuses in national publications, including Forbes, Princeton Review, Business Insider, and Travel & Leisure magazine.
In the spirit of Scripps College’s founding commitments to education, leadership, and integrity, we believe that it is important for Scripps to acknowledge that the College is located on the homeland of Indigenous peoples who were dispossessed of their land. Moving forward, we will work to instill greater respect and recognition for the histories, cultures, and contemporary presence of Native peoples in California and especially in the Los Angeles region.
From 2019–2021, a working group of the Scripps Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity consulted with various groups, including faculty and students in the NAIS minor program and Indigenous Peer Mentoring Program, and cultural educators in order to craft the acknowledgment below:
We would like to respectfully acknowledge that Scripps College sits within the historic homeland of the Tongva people. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and colonization in our area. We acknowledge the strength and resilience of the Tongva people of the past, present, and future as the original caretakers of the land, water, and air, and we recognize our responsibility to be respectful stewards of the Scripps College campus. Today, this area and this campus are home to many Indigenous people from across the globe and we are proud that they are part of our community and institution.
We recognize that a land acknowledgment is not an end in itself and must be part of a larger landscape of individual, collective, and institutional commitments. We hope this statement will serve as a resource for Scripps departments, institutes, and organizations seeking to honor Indigenous peoples in various communications and gatherings, including events, program materials, and publications.
The City of Claremont
Only 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, and with a population of just 35,000, the quintessential college town of Claremont is known as the City of Trees and PhDs. The center of Claremont is the Village, a strollable downtown destination where café tables dot the sidewalks, and shops invite browsing on tree-lined streets. A movie theater, street festivals, and weekly farmers’ market provide entertainment.