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Budget Turmoil Risks Cutting Aid Partnership in Guatemala

Budget Turmoil Risks Cutting Aid Partnership in Guatemala

Lachlan Johnson

October 31, 2013

Every summer Whitman Direct Action (WDA) travels to Guatemala to research economic development and humanitarian aid, but this tradition may soon come to an end. Ambivalence from members of the ASWC Finance Committee left WDA questioning whether they can count on any support and wondering how to f...

GlobeMed Thailand trip raises international unaccompanied student travel questions

Rachel Alexander

April 19, 2012

This summer, three Whitman students will travel to Thailand to work on a women's health project. As members of GlobeMed, they have partnered with a group called the Burmese Women's Union, which strives to empower Burmese refugees living in Thailand. For club members, the trip will be an exciting opportunity...

WDA’s funding reminds Whitman students of available resources

April 5, 2012

This column was authored by junior Anna Murveit with sophomore Sean McNulty contributing. Last Sunday, the ASWC senate approved a nearly $8,000 funding request for Whitman Direct Action's annual two-month summer trip to a rural village, Willywood, Guatemala. It wasn't an easy sell––these funds a...

Curt Bowen ’08 speaks about Semilla Nueva, non-profit work

Dylan Tull

December 8, 2011

Whitman alumni Curt Bowen '08 and Joseph Bornstein '08 work with farmers in rural communities in Guatemala, one of the most malnourished countries in Central America, and in three short years built from the ground up a successful non-profit organization called Semilla Nueva. Bowen and Bornstein, executive di...

Luz Rivera captivates, inspires during lecture about social change in Mexico

Luz Rivera captivates, inspires during lecture about social change in Mexico

Dylan Tull

November 17, 2011

Not since the Vietnam era have social grassroots movements been featured as prominently in the world media as right now, as evidenced by the coverage of Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring. Activist Luz Rivera spoke to the same goal of common people leading social change on Friday, Nov. 11, using...

WDA summer trip to Guatemala builds trust, gathers info

WDA summer trip to Guatemala builds trust, gathers info

Rose Woodbury

September 15, 2011

The term "sustainable development" is associated with words such as volunteerism, service and internationalism.   This summer, five Whitman students worked to understand the difference between these abstract words and their real-life application. Whitman Direct Action (WDA) sent sophomores S...

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