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We need better COVID-19 communication from the administration

November 19, 2020

By now, you’ve probably heard about the four staff members and one student who recently tested positive for COVID-19. Perhaps you first found out through The Wire. Maybe you found out through last Thursday’s...

Whitman College announces plans for in-person spring semester

October 30, 2020

In an email to the Whitman community on Friday, Oct. 30, President Kathy Murray announced that Whitman College plans to bring all students back to campus this spring. Classes will be a combination of in-person,...

Whitman adopts official land acknowledgment statement

October 29, 2020

On Oct. 12, President Kathy Murray released Whitman College’s official acknowledgment to honor Native peoples. It recognizes that the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla peoples are the traditional stewards...

Inclusion Task Force publishes final report: 31 action items on the docket

Infographic by Michelle Shin.
September 24, 2020

The Inclusion Task Force created this summer by Whitman President Kathy Murray published its final report on Aug. 27. Student, faculty and staff involvement in the task force culminated in a list of specific...

Board of Trustees delay budget approval

April 4, 2020

In February 2020, the Board of Trustees gathered on campus for the Winter Board Meetings. Traditionally, it is at these meetings that the board approves the budget for the coming fiscal year — but not...

Breaking: First confirmed coronavirus case in Walla Walla

Breaking: First confirmed coronavirus case in Walla Walla
March 22, 2020

Walla Walla’s first case of novel coronavirus was confirmed on Saturday, March 21, by the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health.  “We are surprised it has taken this long for a local...

Whitman College grapples with coronavirus threat

March 10, 2020

Following last week’s hospitalization of a man from Umatilla County with coronavirus, Whitman College has been taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus.  “The events around the world regarding...

Whitman College joins amicus brief in support of DACA

October 24, 2019

On Friday, Oct. 11, Whitman College President Kathleen Murray notified the community via email that Whitman College had joined an amicus brief in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...

Remember the Manifesta? Reparations are Due

May 16, 2019

On April 25th, the Whitman Wire received “We Need to Thrive: a Manifesta,” collectively written by nine women of color faculty members. In a revolutionary spirit, they voiced their grievances about...

To Thrive and Flourish

Kazi Joshua is excited to take on a new set if responsibilities this year as the new Interim  Dean of Students, succeeding Daren Mooko who left at the end of the academic year.
Interim Dean Kazi Joshua takes on new role
September 23, 2018

He wears purple socks with bright red polka dots and matching bow tie as he sits over the arm of a chair and drinks coffee out of a Mason jar. Posters cover the walls of his office. One photograph is of...

Strategic Priorities Discussed at Feedback Forums

April 5, 2018

This past week, the Strategic Planning Committee released an update on the planning process over the past months and hosted three feedback sessions with the greater Whitman community. The document emailed...

Breaking: Swastika Discovered in Penrose Study Room

February 26, 2018

On Monday February 26, 2018 at 6:07 p.m. President Kathy Murray sent an email alerting the Whitman Community that a swastika had been discovered on dry-erase board in a Penrose Library study room Monday...

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