The Intercultural Center seeks to foster intercultural awareness, inclusiveness and respect for all in the Whitman community. We are committed to the enhancement of a positive Whitman experience for students, staff and faculty, especially those from culturally and ethnically diverse communities. The Center seeks to enhance partnerships with academic and administrative offices to infuse multiculturalism throughout all aspects of campus life. We facilitate and encourage ongoing dialogue regarding issues of diversity in order to move towards a more inclusive campus climate.
Purpose and Goals
Fostering diversity, inclusion, and respect for all in the Whitman Community is one of the goals of the Intercultural Center. The Center works to strengthen Whitman’s intercultural community and ensure a positive Whitman experience for those from historically under-represented backgrounds. The Center also seeks to enrich the experience of the entire student body and community by providing opportunities to engage and educate the campus as a whole on issues related to diversity. Working together with a variety of campus constituencies, the Intercultural Center facilitates and encourages ongoing dialogue on issues of diversity between students, staff, and faculty.
The Intercultural Center Team provides academic and social support for multicultural and international students. The Center also helps bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the campus by sponsoring various speakers and events; housing a collection of books and videos related to diversity and multicultural issues; and providing information about internship and scholarship opportunities. Additionally, translation services for more than thirty languages can be accessed through the Center’s Language Bank. Whitman has a small, but vibrant multicultural and international community (19.5%). Whitman is home to students from over 45 U.S. states and over 31 foreign countries including Australia, Croatia, Ecuador, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Honduras, and Swaziland. This webpage is designed to give visitors a better feel for the various operations of the office. Please feel free to explore the various links and to email the office with any questions you may have.
Keep up to date on Intercultural Center and Diversity Club programs and events by visiting the Whitman College Intercultural Center Facebook page.