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Global Studies Initiative Revamp Receives Faculty Approval

Nick Maahs, News Reporter

March 6, 2018

The Global Studies Initiative has been revamped and approved by the faculty to resume operation after parts were placed on hold for external review during the 2016-2017 academic year. Starting in the fall, students who fulfill the program’s requirements will be able to have a “concentration” in Global S...

Professor Menjívar Visits Whitman

Professor Menjívar Visits Whitman

Ben Kunz, News Reporter

March 1, 2018

Cecilia Menjívar is the co-director of the Center for Migration Research and professor in the sociology department at the University of Kansas. She studies immigration, migration and how immigration laws affect the lives of immigrants and non-immigrants alike. The Wire: In your research, what are s...

BAM Raises Money in Support of Northwest Detention Center Resistance

BAM Raises Money in Support of Northwest Detention Center Resistance

Adam Rooney, Staff Reporter

January 29, 2018

In late December 2017, the Washington-based community activist and mother, Maru Mora-Villalpando was served a “Notice to Appear,” which marks the beginning of deportation proceedings by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Mora-Villalpando is a 47-year-old Mexican native who has lived in the US ...

Global Studies Initiative Revamped

Lindsey Brodeck, News Reporter

December 5, 2017

After the completion of a yearlong external review, the Global Studies Steering Committee is ready to submit a series of proposals outlining the revamped Global Studies Initiative. GSI Director and Politics Professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain uses the tagline “Whitman to the World” to describe the program. H...

GSI Year-in Review

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter

May 4, 2017

On October 21, 2015, then Provost and Dean of Faculty Pat Spencer announced that faculty would not be receiving course releases for their participation in the Global Studies Initiative. The decision effectively suspended the program while placing it under external review. Over the past year a panel c...

Community Calls on Whitman to Become “Sanctuary Campus”

Christy Carley, News Editor

November 21, 2016

Whitman students, staff and faculty gathered at the steps of Penrose Library last Wednesday in support of a petition to designate Whitman College as a “sanctuary campus.” The gathering was part of a national day of action in which students across the country called on their schools to offer protection for undocumented students in the wake of the election of Donald Trump. Organized by th...

Visiting journalist Dawn Paley co-teaches course on media writing

Sara Platnick

November 17, 2015

Journalist Dawn Paley visited campus from Nov. 10-15 for a talk and a five day workshop on media writing.

Life, Death at U.S.-Mexico Border

Life, Death at U.S.-Mexico Border

Julia Stone

August 29, 2013

We met Manuel at the Juan Bosque Migrant Shelter, the only shelter open at night on either side of the border. Earlier that day, he had been dropped off by old school buses that had been converted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to transport deportees from federal detention center...

Whitman to cover application fee for undocumented students

Rachel Alexander

October 18, 2012

Last fall, Whitman became the first liberal arts school in the nation to issue a statement in support of undocumented students. This fall, the college is putting action behind its words by providing funding for undocumented Whitman students applying for deferral of deportation under the Department of...

White Bread: Aaron Bobrow-Strain talks food politics

White Bread: Aaron Bobrow-Strain talks food politics

Rachel Alexander

April 12, 2012

After five years of work, Associate Professor of Politics Aaron Bobrow-Strain has published a book entitled "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf." Published on March 6, 2012, the book has been selected as one of Amazon.com's "Best Books" for March 2012, and was featured on NPR. It's...

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