Join admissions representatives to familiarize yourself with graduate school and Claremont Graduate University! Through our programming, you will have an opportunity to learn how you can thrive in graduate school starting with looking at potential schools, meet your admissions representative to ask any questions you have about your program of interest, and attend a statement of purpose writing workshop and hear what faculty look at when submitting this supplemental material!
12:00 – 1:00 PM PT | Virtual Session
How to Thrive in Graduate School Webinar
Hosted by Rachel Camacho and David Estudiante
3:00 – 4:00 PM PT | Virtual Session
Meet Your Personal Admissions Representative
5:00 – 6:00 PM PT | Virtual Session
Statement of Purpose Writing Workshop
Hosted by Marcus Weakley and Sean Buchanan
Rachel Camacho (she/her/hers) is the inaugural director of student engagement at Claremont Graduate University. As director, she manages the student engagement team in the Office of Enrollment Services. In addition, she focuses on providing an exceptional student experience across the graduate student life cycle, with a particular emphasis on enrollment, retention, and persistence toward graduation. Prior to this position, Ms. Camacho served as the associate director of admissions at CGU.
David Estudiante (he/him/his) is the Associate Director of Retention & Engagement at Claremont Graduate University. Formerly as the Assistant Director of Student Engagement, he served as a Student Support Specialist for the School of Arts and Humanities. Prior to his time at CGU, David served in a management capacity in the business industry. David has experience leading diverse teams with a strong commitment to customer service. David is also a trio scholar, successfully completing the Upward Bound program. Being a first-generation college graduate, David is committed to serving marginalized and underrepresented communities and creating equity in education. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his dog, Lulu, and continuing to explore California. Growing up in Northwest Arkansas, he enjoys hiking and each September David does an annual camping trip in Washington state with a group of friends.
Marcus Weakley is the director of the Center for Writing & Rhetoric at Claremont Graduate University, and has worked in writing centers at the graduate and undergraduate levels since 2013. He is committed to ensuring that the Center provides equity-driven programs and acts as a learning community for all CGU students. In addition to his role as director of the Center for Writing & Rhetoric, Weakley organizes the Big Pitch, CGU’s version of the Three Minute Thesis competition, which occurs every November. He is also the co-lead of the Student Grant & Award Initiative and has been the interim director of the International Scholars Program on two occasions.
Sean Buchanan serves as an assistant director of admissions for Claremont Graduate University (CGU), overseeing admissions and recruitment for the School of Arts & Humanities.
Prior to joining CGU, Buchanan worked as a curatorial assistant at The Wende Museum of the Cold War in Culver City, CA. He also worked in a variety of capacities for the Claremont Colleges Library Department of Special Collections as a project archivist before turning his attention toward graduate admissions and recruitment.
He holds an MA in History & Archival Studies from CGU and a BA in history from Cal State Fullerton.