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Virtual events, emergency funding and academic communities: ASWC leaders reflect on semester goals

November 25, 2020

As our atypical semester draws to a close, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) team reflected on the goals they laid out for themselves at the beginning of the semester to support the student...

Inclusion Task Force update: 21 of 31 action items listed with Fall 2020 start date

November 25, 2020

Of the 31 action items published by the Inclusion Task Force created this summer by Whitman President Kathy Murray, 21 are listed with a Fall 2020 start date. As the Whitman community reaches the end of...

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...

Breaking: Walla Walla hospital treats Oregon’s third case of coronavirus

March 2, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has reached Walla Walla County.  An adult who tested positive for the virus is currently being hospitalized at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, according...

Reorienting the first year experience

Illustration by Elie Flanagan
December 9, 2019

On Thursday, Dec. 5, Dean of Students Kazi Joshua sent out an email to the student body addressing a potential removal of the first-year pre-orientation "Immersion" programs, which includes Scrambles,...

More Hate Speech Flyers in Penrose

October 8, 2018

The recent discovery of hundreds of hate speech flyers found in Penrose Library was met promptly by Whitman staff. President Kathy Murray sent an email to the campus community on the issue, and library...

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...

Murray joins Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

Murray joins Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration
March 29, 2018

Whitman College President, Kathy Murray, recently joined the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. The Presidents’ Alliance is an alliance of leaders of American colleges and universities...

Dialogue and Difference: Race and Ethnic Studies Class Leans Into Discomfort

Lisa Perfetti and Kazi Joshua
February 8, 2018

Each Monday night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., 19 students take part in a class offered for the first time at Whitman called “Dialogue, Difference, and Social Justice.” This class explores how different...

All Four Years: Diversity Work at Whitman

Photo by Haley King
January 25, 2018
Despite the fact that the meaning of the word “diversity” has become murky from years of imprecision and tired overuse, it remains firmly planted in the limelight.

Global Studies Initiative Revamped

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...

Students Assemble for Change

Photo by Caroline Ashford Arya
October 30, 2017

This past Saturday, October 28, Whitman hosted the first ever Change Now conference for students of color and underrepresented student groups in the Pacific Northwest. The conference lasted from 8:00...

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