Guiding Principles

Diversity Statement

“Diversity is fundamentally important to the character and mission of Whitman College. Diversity enriches our community and enhances intellectual and personal growth. We seek to provide a challenging liberal arts experience for our students that prepares them for citizenship in the global community. By sustaining a diverse community, we strive to ensure that all individuals are valued and respected and that intellectual and personal growth are enriched because of our differences.”

Statement Endorsed November 4, 2005
The Trustees of Whitman College

Nondiscrimination

Whitman College has a strong commitment to the principle of nondiscrimination. In its admission and employment practices, administration of educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs, Whitman College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Environment

Recognizing the impact Whitman College has on the environment and the leadership role Whitman College plays as an institution of higher learning, the college affirms the following environmental principles and standards, which shall be consulted to explore the practical ways Whitman College can promote an environmentally conscious campus.

  • To reduce the amount of nonrecyclable materials, to reuse materials when possible, and utilize recycled materials.
  • To consider the eco-friendliest science and technology available to decrease our environmental impact.
  • To continue to build an energy-efficient campus in the 21st century.
  • To patronize companies active in their defense of the environment from further degradation.
  • To encourage individuals’ environmental accountability through programs of environmental education.
  • To consider environmentally friendly options, when practical, in decisions regarding developmental projects.
  • To further the use of reused materials, recyclable materials, and the Internet for campus communications.
  • To encourage and request food service to make environmentally friendly decisions in purchasing food and supplies, reducing waste, and reusing materials.
  • To maintain campus grounds through the employment of bio-friendly substances and services.
  • To strive to improve upon current practices so we may harmonize the trends of the industrial world with the natural environment.