Interim Director of Intercultural Center Programs and Services
Reid Campus Center 217
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
Intercultural Center Admin Assistant and WISE Program Coordinator
Reid Campus Center 216
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
Reid Campus Center 233
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.
Sean P Mulloy
Sean Mulloy is an Intercultural Center intern and co-president of GLBTQ. He is a senior Politics major and Gender Studies minor from Phoenix, AZ. His academic interests are interdisciplinary and reflect the social complexities and intersections of race, gender and class. Sean is very active on campus, participating in many student clubs and community organizations which include GLBTQ, Whitman Debate, Feminists Advocating for Change and Empowerment (FACE), Whitman College Young Democrats and College Coaches. He was recently elected as an ASWC senator for the class of 2014. In his spare time, Sean enjoys reading philosophy, traveling, watching Netflix and playing poker.
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 towards 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.
Gladys Gitau is a second-year from Lawrence, Massachusetts. Born in Kenya and moving between several Massachusetts neighborhoods, Gladys recognized the intersections of race, gender and class early on in her own life. Her love for learning and strong sense of determination from her hard working, immigrant parents propelled her to do well in school. There she found that education was the only way to change the systems of oppression she saw around her. As a sophomore in high school, Gladys won a grant to start a publication about the good she saw in her often ill portrayed city of Lawrence. The social venture, called “What’s Good in the Hood,” not only required Gladys to be familiar with both the editorial and business side of running a publication, but it put her in a position of leadership over her peers as well as making her a positive force in her community. Through the venture, she was also able to educate herself and collaborate with local groups to tackle other issues going on in her community.
Today, Gladys is very engaged in social justice causes. Her main interests concern immigration, race politics and the success of underprivileged youth. She is president of the Black Student Union on campus as well as an Intercultural Center intern. In her free time, Gladys performs with the slam poetry team and watches a lot of TV in hopes of writing her own show one day that will add to a more diverse narrative in mainstream media. Gladys is a Politics major.
Nadir Ovcina is a first-year 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.
Nina Pascucci joined the Intercultural Center as an intern in 2013. She is a first generation college student who is passionate about learning. Now in her senior year, Nina is majoring in Art History with minors in Race and Ethnic Studies, Studio Art and Chemistry. Elsewhere on campus, she serves as a curator and conservator at the Maxey Museum as well as a mentor for the affinity group First Generation/Working Class. In the future, Nina hopes to work in communications and advocacy.
San Diego, CA
Sami Carrillo is a first-year student at Whitman College. Before attending Whitman, he lived in San Diego, California. One of his goals in life is to pursue a career in social justice causes. Having traveled throughout Latin America, Sami enjoys learning from different peoples and cultures. When not busy at Whitman, Sami prefers traveling the world and engaging in social activism.
Petra Carlos Arzate
Petra Carlos Arzate is a first-year student originally from Hayward, California. She is interested in variety of subjects including Race and Ethnics Studies, Spanish Literature and Biology. As a sophomore in high school, Petra attended the People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference. These conferences provided Petra with the knowledge and skills to value and promote diversity. At Whitman, she looks forward to working with the campus community on programs and events that foster learning and empowerment from multiple viewpoints. Petra is also an active member of First Generation/Working Class.