Our Mission


Since its establishment in 2001, the Berger Institute has performed dynamic research of contemporary and relevant social issues.  By using a multi-level and interdisciplinary approach in its research, the institute is able to effectively research individual, social, and contextual predictors of development and well-being.

The institute’s current research, driven by the institute’s directors, is focused on the theme of How We Thrive.  Additional information on this focus can be found here.  To learn more about the institute’s directors, click here.

The Berger Institute supports student involved research which is led by the talented professors at Claremont McKenna College.  This interdisciplinary research will provide them with challenging and stimulating educational experiences.  Since these opportunities are available throughout their entire academic career at CMC, students will have ample opportunity to produce high-quality work and be published.  Participation will open a number of doors for students, allowing them to make use of what they learned as they begin their careers.


In addition to providing research opportunities, the Berger Institute develops and implements co-curricular programs designed to connect the wider CMC community.  While many programs are developed solely by the Berger Institute, it also collaborates efforts with other institutes and organizations on campus.  These programs include talks from renowned speakers, workshops on practical life-skills such as negotiating and networking, and panels on contemporary interests such as mental health, gender and the work place, and parenting.  The programs will provide students with plenty of valuable opportunities to grow and prepare for their post-college life.  Additional information about our programming can be found here.