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Whitman alumni speak on racism in the workplace

Photo contributed by Kimberly Rolfe.
October 8, 2020

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Student Engagement Center (SEC), The Intercultural Center (IC) and the Race, Violence and Health committee welcomed three Whitman alumni over Zoom to discuss their experiences...

Shame in the anti-racist movement

Illustration by Hayden Cooper.
September 24, 2020

Shame, Shame, Shame: we all got it, and we all feel it from time to time. Shame is not a bad emotion to feel; in fact, it can be helpful and productive under the right circumstances. We should feel a little...

Coronavirus prompts discussions on racism

February 13, 2020

The outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus has prompted Whitman students to discuss infectious diseases and xenophobia. The new strain, called novel coronavirus, originated in China and was first observed...

Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries lectures on ‘hard history’

Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries speaks to students, faculty, staff and community members about
December 12, 2019

Last Thursday, Dec. 5, Ohio State Associate Professor of History Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries gave a lecture titled “1619 An American Journey - 400 years of tragedy and triumph.” Olin Auditorium was filled...

Why race and ethnicity courses should be required

November 14, 2019

All first-years at Whitman are required to take Encounters and meet distribution requirements, but considering the current society we are part of, I believe that all students should also be required to...

Responding to Trudeau’s brownface scandal

Illustration by Lanh Tran
October 3, 2019

Trump was elected when I was applying to colleges in America. Everyone around me was complaining about how much they regretted not applying to a school in Canada instead. This was just an angry, spontaneous...

Op-Ed: ‘Culture of Silence:’ What the WWU Administration Will Not Address

April 12, 2018

These past few weeks at Walla Walla University have been rocky, to say the least. Therefore, in this week’s Swap Issue, I hope to address some of the questions many Whitties have asked me about the blackface...

The “White Moderate” Problem: Diversity and Inclusion in Greek Life at Whitman

April 10, 2018

Throughout this year, members of the Whitman Greek community have begun to grapple with racism in Greek Life’s past – and present. Sophomore Kylin Brown, the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion...

Digital Blackface and Power Dynamics in Memes

April 8, 2018

Memes need to be used responsibly and need to adhere to rules people would normally use if it was spoken or written in text. Memes in recent years have become so popular they are even used in class notes...

Just a Face Mask?

Illustration by Nathaly Pérez
April 5, 2018

Admittedly, I had reservations that the new Marvel movie, “Black Panther,” would be met with much discontent. However, what I saw on my Facebook page this weekend completely blew me out of the water....

WWU Grapples with Blackface Incident

The photo of Walla Walla University stu- dents that circulated social media.
April 5, 2018

Just before the student body of Walla Walla University departed for Spring Break two weeks ago, a racist photograph with the school’s logo circulated through social media. The photo is a publicly...

Affirming White Women

Illustration by Peggy Li
November 16, 2017

There are certain myths and misconceptions surrounding the question of affirmative action and who benefits from it, and many narratives have been built based on how the beneficiaries supposedly do...

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