Year in Review: Top News Stories of 2021

Highlighting the exceptional scholarship, achievement and service taking place throughout the year at Oxy, here are our six most-viewed news stories.

Occidental Is Top Fulbright Producer—Again

March 18: For the sixteenth consecutive year, Occidental College is one of the country’s top producers of student Fulbright Awards, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual Fulbright rankings.


Keisha Blain Named 2021 Stafford Ellison Wright Black Alumni Scholar-in-Residence

Jan. 29: Blain—historian, author and president of the African American Intellectual History Society—has been named Occidental College’s Stafford Ellison Wright Black Alumni Scholar-in-Residence this year.


Gilman Fountain Renovation Complete

Jan. 27: Occidental’s iconic Gilman Fountain at the main entrance to campus has been redesigned and restored for future generations to admire and enjoy.


Occidental Alumna, Former Faculty Member Nominated to Ambassadorships

July 12: An Occidental College alumna and a former faculty member have been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as U.S. ambassadors to France, Monaco and India.


Senior Jordan Walker Receives Prestigious Luce Scholarship

Feb 16: The economics major is one of 18 students and young professionals chosen nationwide this year for the prestigious award, which funds a year of study and professional development in Asia.


Dean’s Award Winners 2021

May 10: Each year, the Dean of Students recognizes seniors who, through their involvement on and off campus, embody Oxy’s four pillars of Equity, Excellence, Community and Service.