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Budget Turmoil Risks Cutting Aid Partnership in Guatemala

Budget Turmoil Risks Cutting Aid Partnership in Guatemala
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...

College Lifts Ban on Unaccompanied International Travel

Kayvon at the ASWC Senate meeting on March 31.  Photos by cade beck.
March 31, 2013

After a three-year ban, students next year will be able to travel internationally with the support of the college. The unaccompanied international travel ban for Whitman students and clubs will be lifted...

Development Work Must Focus on Community Needs

Anna Murveit and Sean McNulty examine a map showing contamination of household wells in Willywood.  Contributed by the WDA team.
August 23, 2012

This article was co-written by Sean McNulty '14 and Daniel Swain '13. Descending to Guatemala's Pacific coast feels like stepping slowly into a sauna. As the air heats up and becomes heavy with...

Students question timing of club budget request forms

Illustration: Julie Peterson
April 26, 2012

For the first time this year the ASWC budget request forms required club leaders to itemize lists of their expenses for each event they put on. Senior Finance Chair Fritz Siegert worked on restructuring...

GlobeMed Thailand trip raises international unaccompanied student travel questions

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...

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...

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

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...

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

Credit: Marin Axtell
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...

Students consider ethics of international work with Peace Corps

Credit: Cade Beck
October 13, 2011

At Whitman's Graduate School Fair on Thursday, Oct. 6, one table stood apart from all the rest.   The experience it offered was significantly different from the rest of the room: the mother of all community...

WDA summer trip to Guatemala builds trust, gathers info

Contributed by: Monica Simmons
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...

More students to present at Undergraduate Conference

Credit: Carrie Sloane
April 7, 2011

At Whitman College's annual Undergraduate Conference this year, 218 Whitman students will be presenting their scholarship to the community. The presentation topics range from the impact of climate...

Ecostove project aims to improve health, environment in Guatemalan village

February 17, 2011

Most college students don't contemplate the role of a stove outside of its ability to bake or broil a decent meal.  But the members of Whitman Direct Action (WDA) will spend the next few months learning...

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