Here you will find a repository of important communications from President Elam to the Occidental community.


Promoting Safety and Community

President Elam has commissioned a Task Force on Promoting Community and Safety at Occidental College to lead a cross-divisional response to the current climate.

Rights, Responsibilities, and the Fabric of Community

President Elam reflects further on the violence in Israel and Gaza and the implications for our campus community.

Drawing on the Culture of Care in Difficult Times

President Elam reminds us of Occidental's culture of care, which foregrounds compassion and acknowledges the fact that we rely on each other for mutual comfort in difficult times.

Decrying Violence in Israel and Gaza

A message from President Elam in response to the recent outbreak of violence.

My Health and the Year Ahead

A message from President Elam about his future at Occidental College.

Formally Ending Legacy Admission & Next Steps

In the next few weeks, Occidental College will welcome an exceptional class consisting of 535 first-year students and 40 transfers as we celebrate the start of a new academic year.

Today’s Supreme Court rulings on race-conscious admissions

Today, the United States Supreme Court issued rulings in two major cases that will impact the ability of colleges and universities, including Occidental College, to consider race as a factor in the admissions process for first-year and transfer students. 

Preparing for the Supreme Court decision on race-conscious admissions

As many of you are aware, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue rulings sometime next month regarding race-conscious admissions practices at public and private colleges and universities.

Today’s Supreme Court Decision

A response to the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate federal protections of abortion rights.

Civil Rights & Title IX Office

An announcement about the expansion of the Title IX Office to aid in the prevention of discrimination, harassment and retaliation at Occidental College.

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