Welcome to our free 6-week Comedic Storytelling Program™! Have you ever wanted to turn your real-life experiences into captivating stories that leave audiences in stitches? Join us as Professor Aragon, with years of experience in stand-up comedy, storytelling, and the science of positive engagement, guides you through a transformative journey.

In this course, you'll learn the art of crafting compelling narratives that resonate with any audience. Our polished curriculum is designed to make learning fun and collaborative. Whether you're eager to master storytelling for various applications, dip your toes into stand-up comedy, or enhance your public speaking skills, this program is tailor-made for you.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to attend our classes—early birds catch the laughter! Come along and discover the magic of storytelling. Who knows, this could be the start of something wonderful. Either way, you're guaranteed to have a blast!
Cider and Chill with comedians Charlotte, Aragon and friends! Join us for a laid-back evening filled with laughter, cider, and comedy.

Announcing the 2024 Summer Course Redesign Institute and BLAIS Tandem Program 

July 9-12th, Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

“I highly recommend for professors to be a part of the BLAIS Tandem Program. I got paired with a CGU graduate student who contributed greatly to how I developed a course as well as reconsider many policies in my classes. An excellent experience.” 

Welcome, 5C Faculty and CGU Scholars! The Center for Academic & Faculty Excellence (CAFE) invites you to participate in the 2024 BLAIS Tandem Program.

Hurry! Only 9 faculty and 9 student spots are available! 

BLAIS Tandem Program: Explore our innovative approach to embedding excellence in inclusive teaching and learning at the Claremont Colleges. Through cross-campus collaborations, the program pairs CGU scholars with 5C faculty to redesign and facilitate courses using equity-minded design and inclusive practices. Blais funding will be used to provide stipends to support participants. The Tandem program includes participation in the Summer Course Redesign Institute. 

CGU Tandem scholars are CGU students who have completed the Inclusive Excellence in College Teaching Certificate, or are working towards it and have completed their first course in the program.  The Tandem work with the faculty will allow them to apply their training to support the design or redesign of a course and to complete the practical part of the Excellence in College Teaching Certificate.  

Click here to read more about the experiences and benefits of the Tandem Program! 

Eligibility 5C Faculty 

  • 5C Faculty with a course they are willing to redesign 

Eligibility CGU Scholars  

  • CGU scholars who have completed at least the first course in the CAFE Inclusive Excellence in College Teaching Certificate (TNDY 430 or PFF 530)  
  • If enrolled in CAFE 530, Inclusive Excellence: Pathways to the College Teaching Certificate, the work during the Tandem Program can be used as part of the teaching practicum & portfolio. 


All participants must be able to:

  1. Attend the entire intensive Summer Course Redesign Institute (July 9-12, 2024, in-person at the Claremont Colleges)
  2. Work with their tandem partner over the summer to redesign a course together. 


  • Certificate of completion of 2024 Summer Course Redesign Institute 
  • Certificate of completion of 2024 BLAIS Tandem Program 
  • Opportunities to network with faculty of the broader Claremont Colleges Consortium. 
  • Financial support through Blais Fundin

Hurry! Limited funded spots are available! 

5C Faculty Application

CGU Student Application

Still have questions? Please join us for an information session on Monday, March 4th at 12:00 pm on Zoom (Register Here) or email jonathan.aragon@cgu.edu and maria-gloria.gonzalez-morales@cgu.edu for more information.

The Claremont Colleges Comedic Storytelling Fall 2023 Showcase

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Comedic Storytelling Fall 2023


September 26th, 6:30-8:30 PM @ The Hive

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Back by popular demand, this unique opportunity allows participants to learn the basics of joke writing, storytelling techniques, and hone their skills in delivering captivating performances. Facilitated by stand-up comedian and professor Jonathan Aragon; professor and storyteller Shamini Dias; and feature film actor Bryan Truong. No matter your background or experience level, this collaborative workshop promises to be an inclusive and enriching experience for all.

~ Video from the Spring 2023 Showcase

Workshop on Managing Imposter Syndrome in Graduate School

Fall 2023 – Monday, September 25th, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Monday, September 25th, 12:00pm-2:00pm 
Host: Jonathan Aragon, Faculty Excellence Specialist
Co-Host: Patrick Martin, The Mental Health Toolbox
Location: Hybrid, online via Zoom and in-person in the Yuhaviatam Center Conference Room
Zoom Registration Link

Past Events

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Show Directions – 1030 N. Columba Ave, Claremont, CA 91711


Comedic Storytelling at the Claremont Colleges

6:30pm to 9pm at the Yuhaviatam Center (old Huntley) Room 100 between 8th and Dartmouth across from the Library

Showcase at the Motley Coffee shop at Scripps College April 5th looking for a new date in April because this is a religious holiday — show TBA

Past Events

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Free to all 7C students and their guests

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