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Fall Open House

Thinking about graduate school? Join us on Saturday, November 2 at Claremont Graduate University’s Fall Open House to learn how to find the right fit for your graduate studies. At our Fall Open House, you will have the opportunity to:

Experience first-hand the research from our renowned faculty
Learn how to submit a successful graduate application
Join us for lunch and network with faculty, students and staff
Take a personalized campus tour

Open House attendees will receive an application fee waiver code to apply to CGU. We hope you will join us! If you have any questions, please contact us at admissions@cgu.edu.


Open House Faculty Speakers

Saeideh (Saida) Heshmati
“New Research on Well-Being & Love Across the Lifespan”

Saeideh (Saida) Heshmati is an assistant professor of psychology in the Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. She is a positive developmental psychologist interested in how optimal development unfolds over time in diverse samples, especially in at-risk adults. Using her expertise in positive relationships and love, positive education, human development, and state-of-the-art analytical methods, Heshmati examines authentic or embedded assessments of large data sets related to individual and group characteristics that influence everyday well-being and positive development. Her work has brought together a suite of measurement tools such as experience sampling methods, observational analysis, cognitive psychometric modeling, and wearable physiology monitors in the service of understanding how individuals’ sense of well-being unfolds moment-to-moment in their everyday lives.

Torie Weiston-Serdan
“When They See Us: How Community Engaged Education Can Transform Institutional Concepts of Diversity”
Weiston-Serdan is a scholar and practitioner with over 13 years of teaching and youth programming experience. An emerging leader in the youth mentoring field, she wrote 
Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guide, which has become the handbook for culturally sustaining youth work in the discipline. Outside of teaching and research, Weiston-Serdan runs the Youth Mentoring Action Network, a non-profit dedicated to leveraging justice and equity mentoring. Through her community-based work, she mentors Inland Empire youth through high school into college and careers. She also works extensively with other community-based organizations in support of their youth advocacy efforts, specializing in training mentors to work with diverse youth populations: i.e. Black, Latinx, LGBTQQ, first-generation college students and low-income youth. 

As a scholar, she examines how marginalized and minoritized youth are served by mentoring and youth development programs. Weiston-Serdan currently serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters LGBTQ National Advisory Council and the Research Board of the National Mentoring Resource Center. 

Gregory DeAngelo
“Using Data to Enhance Public Safety and Assist Vulnerable Populations”
Gregory DeAngelo is an associate professor in the Department of Economic Sciences and director of the Computational Justice Lab. He works closely with public sector agencies to address pressing questions of criminal justice policy, identifying the causal effects of actions by both legal and extra‐legal actors on public safety. His research ranges from the identification of the effect of judicial and prosecutorial incentives on the outcomes of criminal cases to the impact of law enforcement strategies on human trafficking. At the core of his work is a desire to advance criminal justice reform by identifying the causal impacts of policies, incentives, and actions by legal and extra‐legal actors on public safety, and then generating technologies with the potential to counteract any negative externalities of these actions.

Lori Anne Ferrell
“Humanities as a Hub: Narration, Information, Context”
Lori Anne Ferrell is Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and the John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Faculty in Humanities at Claremont Graduate University.  She is also the Director of the Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards at CGU.  She is a specialist in Renaissance and Reformation Literature and History, winning grants and awards from, among others, the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Whiting Foundation, and The Mellon Foundation.  She has been a fellow of All Soul’s College and Linacre College, Oxford, and of Wolfson College and Pembroke College Cambridge.  Her books, essays, articles, and curated exhibitions explore the turbulent years spanning England’s Protestant Reformation and its Civil Wars.