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The right to our identity: Creating community among first-generation students

Kasey Moulton, Podcast Reporter May 16, 2021

If I’m being honest, I still don’t exactly know what college is supposed to look like – is it my childhood bedroom? Awkward half-Zoom, half-real classrooms? I’m pretty sure that this is a sentiment...

The need for perspective

Angel Baikakedi, Columnist May 6, 2021

When I first saw the TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie titled “The Danger of a Single Story,” it occurred to me how little I pay attention to my perspective in everyday life and simultaneously how...

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Vulnerability in the classroom

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor November 21, 2019

At Whitman, and in academic or professional spaces more broadly, we are often asked to prioritize analytical and objective modes of thinking. We cite our sources, engage with texts and read studies about...

Signalling Through Stickers

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor April 19, 2018

Sitting in a classroom, I can almost guarantee that at least one person there will have some brightly emblazoned logo on their water bottle, computer or backpack, maybe with the words ‘Patagonia,’...

Women in Leadership Symposium Honors Legacy of Student Activism

Women in Leadership Symposium Honors Legacy of Student Activism

Christy Carley, News Editor February 8, 2018

Whitman’s annual Women in Leadership Symposium will take on an expanded form this year. Centered around the theme “Identity and Leadership” the event will include a networking lunch and the opportunity...

Illustration by Claire Revere

Muslim Identity Challenges America

Zuhra Amini, Columnist February 16, 2017

Many are familiar with “Hope,” the image of Barack Obama created by Shepard Fairey for Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. In preparation for Donald Trump’s inauguration, Fairey partnered with...

Fresh perspectives yield personal growth

Benjamin Shoemake, Columnist September 17, 2015

Stories matter. This is hardly a controversial statement. Here at Whitman College, media organizations like The Pioneer and quarterlife, among others, are founded upon the idea that stories and journalism...

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Getting in Touch with my Other Heritage

Aleida Fernandez March 12, 2014

Growing up I have always been identified - and truthfully, often have identified myself - as Cuban. I am one half Cuban from my dad's side, and from that half I inherited my outward appearance: olive...

Blackness exists on a Spectrum

Gladys Gitau April 11, 2013

I fit in well on this campus. Like most Whitties, I consider myself intelligent, hardworking, socially conscious and fun to be around. More so, among my friends back home, I was that nerdy, outdoorsy,...

The Whitest African: Discomfort with diversity limits our understanding of complex identities

Joey Gottlieb September 6, 2012

I am gay. I am somewhat homophobic. I am white and was born in this nation's capital. My memories begin in Nairobi, Kenya, where I was raised. I am here to write about the unsettling question of diversity...

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