Intercultural Center Staff
Interim Director of Intercultural Center Programs and Services
Reid Campus Center 217
Sonja L Aikens
Intercultural Center Admin Assistant and Wise Program Coordinator
Reid Campus Center 216
Kristine 'Kris' Barry
International Student and Scholar Advisor
Reid Campus Center 230
Kristine (Kris) Barry is the international student and scholar adviser. She serves as the campus Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) for the F-Visa students and the Responsible Officer (RO) for the J-Visa scholars and students. Each spring Kris contacts newly admitted international students then sends them Visa application documents. She supports students before and after they arrive at Whitman College. Kris plans and orchestrates a detailed off campus international student orientation located at a camp near the Blue Mountains. Invitations and support are extended to all international students and entering students that have lived abroad. Kris also works closely with international faculty and guests coming to Whitman under the J-Visa designation. She has been an active community member making contacts with Walla Walla residents regarding potential participation with the Friendship Family Program. She also assists with Intercultural Center programming and events.
Alisha E Agard
Alisha Eileen Agard is sophomore sociology major from Seattle, WA. Alisha began working for the Intercultural Center in the spring semester of 2012. She is also the president of Whitman’s Black Student Union. Her goal in life is to obtain her BA in sociology with a minor in psychology and eventually become a counselor for at-risk youth, especially those in juvenile detention centers. She is passionate about educating others on social issues that affect our nation’s young people.
Evan D Griffis
Evan Griffis is a GLBTQ student intern who also works for the Intercultural Center. Evan is majoring in Anthropology with an intended minor in Gender Studies. His academic interests are focused on the ways that gender and sexuality operate in different cultures; he hopes to one day conduct ethnographic research in urban settings that benefit queer groups. Outside of the Intercultural Center, Evan is involved in Greek life and the Whitman Events Board. When he’s not working at the GAC, you may find him picking up an extra shift as a tour guide for the Office of Admission or as a building manager at Reid Campus Center. In his cherished free time, Evan spends his time bound in yoga positions, meditating, reading, running, convincing his fraternity chef of the benefits of vegetarianism, or daydreaming about future travels abroad.
Ashley K Hansack
Los Angeles, CA
Ashley Hansack is an Intercultural Center intern and the Co-President of the First-Generation/Working Class Club. Ashley is a first-generation college student from Los Angeles, California and aspires to major in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sociology. Since her freshman year, Ashley has been passionate about promoting diversity on campus. She is very involved in numerous student clubs and organizations and even serves as an overnight host for prospective students from multicultural backgrounds. This year, Ashley hopes to use her talent, experience, and devotion to help spearhead several programs and events that seek to celebrate, educate, and advocate diversity at Whitman College.
Sean P Mulloy
Gabrielle 'Gabie' Brosas
Gabie Brosas is a sophomore at Whitman College. She works for the Academic Resource Center as a student academic adviser in Jewett Hall and for the Intercultural Center as a student intern. Gabie is also involved with Whitman Christian Fellowship and is a student leader for Coalition Against Homophobia. Gabie loves working with people of all backgrounds and ages. In her hometown of Seattle, she works as a substitute preschool teacher. Though Gabie’s major is undeclared, she hopes to continue to study Sociology, Spanish, and Race and Ethnic Studies during the rest of her college career.
Leslie Rodriguez is a student intern for the Intercultural Center. Her Whitman career began in 2011 as a first-year student from Houston, TX. She is now a sophomore majoring in Sociology with a minor in Spanish. This year, Leslie attended 15th Annual Harvard Latino Law, Policy and Business Conference at Harvard University. There she networked with distinguished speakers, developed leadership skills and experience, and learned more about “The Rising Latino.” She is also the co-president of Club Latino and has organized many programs and events that educate and celebrate Latin American culture on campus. As a member of the student organization First Generation Working Class, Leslie actively supports and advocates for students of working class backgrounds at Whitman. Outside of Whitman, Leslie enjoys volunteering with children in the Walla Walla community, baking decadent desserts, listening to music while cleaning, gleaning ideas from Pinterest, and, most importantly, spending time with friends and family. Leslie always strives to be her best and leave legacies wherever she goes.