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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...

Women in Leadership Symposium Honors Legacy of Student Activism

Women in Leadership Symposium Honors Legacy of Student Activism
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...

On Bystander Intervention

Illustration by Haley King
November 9, 2017

In the end, we are all human. We will find ourselves in situations where we simply do not know what to do. However, we do bear a responsibility to help others. It is in our best interest to create a positive...

Another Opinion on Bystander Intervention

November 9, 2017

Social justice advocates have argued for decades over the extent to which bystanders are responsible for intervening in acts of injustice. Indeed, an individual’s definition of “injustice” may vary...

The Athlete Role in Social Justice

February 23, 2017

Baseball legend Jackie Robinson once said, “a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” This statement rings true not only in everyday actions, but also raises a question about...

The Symposium Chronicles

Image from The Pioneer, November, 2006.
February 22, 2017

Today  marks the fifth annual Power and Privilege Symposium, a day in which members of the Whitman community will gather to attend sessions led by students, faculty and community members on the themes...

KWCW Show of the Week: The Minority Report

Photo by Jillian Briglia
Seniors Gladys Gitau and Shireen Nori discuss issues and events relating to students of color and LGBTQ students with humor and music.
April 21, 2016

For senior politics majors Gladys Gitau and Shireen Nori, the fact that they would be graduating a mere semester after beginning "The Minority Report" was not an issue in deciding to start the show. "We...

“Chi-Raq”: An Amusing Look at a Serious Topic

Amazon's first feature film reflects on the grim world of gang violence, straddling the line between lighthearted comedy and biting satire.
February 25, 2016
For a film that begins by presenting a damning social statistic-more Americans have been killed in Chicago in the last decade than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined-Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" is curiously, but not pointlessly, lighthearted.

Supporting Critical Engagement

February 18, 2016
Conversations on the subject of power and privilege need to happen year-round, and real action needs to follow up as a result.

Greek influence not being used for meaningful action

February 26, 2015

My dearest Frat Stars and Soror Sisters of Whitman College, Greek groups have immense power on this campus. Besides having an extensive social presence on the weekends, a Greek group has the power to...

Campus Climate Members Returns From Powershift Energized

Campus Climate Members Returns From Powershift Energized
October 31, 2013

While many Whitman students spent the third weekend of October consumed in midterm studies, members of Campus Climate Challenge were off campus engaging in a weekend of activism. Eight students traveled...

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