Interim Director of Intercultural Center Programs and Services
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Matthew Lee Ozuna is the Interim Director of Intercultural Programs and Services. His Whitman College career began in 2005 as a first-year student from Zillah, WA. He majored in Race and Ethnic Studies after a substantial leave of absence from Whitman to study, travel, and work abroad. Matt lived with a Maori host family in New Zealand and attended classes at Heritage University on the Yakama Nation upon his return to the United States. Indigenous politics and race relations are of much interest to Matt; he examined both in his senior thesis, “Race, Rights, and Work on the Yakama Nation: An Argument Against a Proposed Guest Worker Program.” As Interim Director of Intercultural Programs and Services, Matt thoroughly enjoys working with the same people, issues, and activities he benefited from as a student. In his spare time, Matt enjoys Indian cuisine, slow jazz, sports, and anything outdoors. His involvement with local nonprofit organizations includes the Walla Walla Diversity Coalition, Frenchtown Historical Foundation, Walla Walla Leaders’ Network and the Deutsche Tänzer of Walla Walla.
Sonja L Aikens
WISE Program Coordinator, Intercultural Center Administrative Assistant
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Sonja Aikens provides administrative support to the Intercultural Center and coordinates the WISE (Whitman Institute for Scholastic Enrichment) program. WISE has the goal of bringing local middle school students to campus to introduce them to college life and to encourage them to make plans to attend college in the future. WISE participants come to campus for a three-day residential summer program as rising 9th graders and then continue to recieve support throughout their high school careers in the form of reunions, workshops and other educational activities. Sonja is the staff adviser for Namasté, a student club for those itnerested in meditation, and is active in the Whitman College Prison Research Group.
Kristine 'Kris' Barry
International Student and Scholar Adviser
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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.
Stuart Coordinator of Religious & Spiritual Life
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Adam joined the Student Services staff in September 2006. He received his BA in religion from Wabash College, and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University. In addition to addressing the spiritual needs of students, Adam works to facilitate religious life and promote religious diversity on campus. Adam is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) tradition.
Intercultural Center Program Adviser
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Kyle Martz works as the Program Adviser for the Center. Kyle graduated from Whitman in '07 as a double major in German Studies and Gender Studies. He received a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship upon graduation, which was the beginning of several years teaching pre-kindergarten through high school and also adult education in Germany. Kyle manages the Glover Alston Center, assists the Interim Director with Intercultural Center programs, events, club advising and community outreach, and provides support for the international student and scholar programs. If you would like to make a reservation in the Glover Alston Center, you can send Kyle a request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angela Tang is the co-president for the GLBTQ club as well as an intern for the Intercultural Center. Her college career began in 2013 as a first-year student from Seattle, WA. Angela strives to work closely with the LGBTQ community at Whitman College to help the campus move toward a more inclusive and understanding environment. Besides collaborating with other student clubs on programs and events, Angela facilitates meetings as co-president of the GLBTQ affinity group. She plans to major in either sociology or politics and minor in Chinese or Spanish. In the future, she hopes to involve herself in social justice causes and improve the sociopolitical conditions of disadvantaged minority groups. In her spare time, Angela enjoys playing the guitar, exploring different restaurants, working out at the gym and cooking.
Nadir Ovcina is a sophomore at Whitman College. Originally from Croatia, Nadir now calls Portland, OR his home. He intends to major in History, as he loves analyzing and discussing humanity’s past mistakes and achievements through multiple lenses. In his free time, Nadir plays bass guitar and he enjoys binging on television shows. In high school, Nadir earned an International Baccalaureate diploma in addition to the Change-Maker Award bestowed upon him by his local Rotary chapter. He looks forward to organizing programs and events that will broaden insights of diversity on campus.