Programs and Events
Athlete Ally Founder Brings His Message to Whitman
Monday, April 1 - 7:30 pm in Maxey Hall Auditorium
Hudson Taylor, founder of Athlete Ally, will deliver his message of respect and acceptance in the athletic environment to Whitman College on Monday, April 1. Taylor founded his non-profit organization, Athlete Ally, in 2009 to promote respect and exceptance for LGBT individuals in athletics. Taylor will meet with student athletes and coaches during his visit on campus, as well as giving a public presentation about Athlete Ally Monday evening.
More information about Taylor's visit can be found here.
March 27 - 29, 2013: Associated Students of Whitman College present
Power & Privilege Symposium: Why Race Matters
Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) passed a resolution to host an annual symposium on issues of diversity. The ASWC organizing committee chose to dedicate this year's symposium to issues of race. Students, faculty and staff will participate in student- and faculty-led workshops, panels and lectures over a three-day period to engage in, learn about and discuss issues concerning racial diversity.
Wednesday, March 27
After a reception for the Symposium's keynote speaker, Rigoberta Menchu, students and faculty will convene in Reid Campus Center for workshops explaining the basics of racial identity politics, as well as how race plays a role in the workplace.
Student organizers, faculty and staff members have been working since the resolution for the Symposium was passed in the fall of 2012 to develop engaging workshops and panels to explore these issues, offering Whitman community members opportunities to learn about racial diversity and share their own experiences.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú Tum will deliver the Symposium's keynote speech, sharing her experiences as an indigenous rights activist in Guatemala. Menchú has authored many works and received national and international recognition for her efforts. In 2007, Menchú accepted the invitation to be honored as an Ambassador of Good Will.
Menchú continues to fight for indigenous rights all over the world and still encounters resistance, especially in Guatemala, based on her race and ethnicity. Menchú will speak at 7 pm in Cordiner Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 28
The second day of the Symposium will focus on a broad array of topics, from the role that race plays in fields like criminology, to the construction of racial identities and attitudes, to the issues involved in interracial relationships.
Friday, March 29
Closing the Symposium's activities, an international team of staff members will offer a three-hour training course on intercultural competency for students, staff and faculty at the Glover Alston Center. This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to reflect on the nature of social power, privilege and discrimination, conduct self-analyses in regards to these issues, and acquire tools to combat discrimination in their own lives, as well as the lives of others.