New, Welcoming Space for Students

Glover Alston Center The historic home on Boyer Avenue before renovations began in summer 2009.

 
Kari Glover ’72: It’s for and about “all kinds of people working together, learning to be together”

 
Michael Flannery ’76: Promoting diversity, promoting education

Planning
Students and staff members on the Glover Alston Center Advisory Committee meet with the architect to discuss plans for the center.

About the Glover Alston Center

  • Located in a renovated historic home at 26 Boyer Ave. (the former senior art studios), the center is expected to open in early 2010.
  • Key objectives for the house include educational programming, leadership development, student support, cultural exchange, academic support and personal counseling.
  • Trustees see the new center as an affirmation of the college’s statement on diversity and a powerful message to current students, prospective students and their families that Whitman is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all students.
  • The space includes a large living room; a large central kitchen for student groups to cook together and share food from various cultures; a TV lounge with access to international news and sports; library, study and office space; and meeting, project and activity rooms.
  • Ben Wu ’07, program adviser and a former resident director, will oversee the largely student-run center.

“I hope it will be a place where people can come together comfortably and well.”
— Kari Glover ’72

— Stories by Lana Brown