Vice President for Diversity & InclusionMemorial Building 301(509) 526-3018
Kazi (he/him/his) currently serves as the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Whitman College and also teaches in the Encounters program. He is originally from Malawi, southeast Africa. He studied Political Philosophy (at Trinity College of Vermont ) and holds graduate degrees in Theology and Philosophy. He has served at other institutions as a faculty member and dean before joining Whitman in 2015. His service is animated by the pursuit of justice and the creation of a truly equitable and inclusive community.
Sonja L. Aikens
WISE Program Coordinator, Intercultural Center Administrative AssistantReid Campus Center 216(509) 527-5596
Sonja (she/her/hers) 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. Sonja is also the staff adviser for Namasté, a student club for those interested in meditation, and is active in the Whitman College Prison Research Group.
Assistant Director of the Intercultural Center
Maggi (she/her/hers) is the Assistant Director of the Intercultural Center. She first came to Whitman College as an international student from Ecuador, and she earned her degree in Art History and Visual Culture Studies in 2005. Maggi has worked in different areas at Whitman, and, after earning her Masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education, joined the Intercultural Center where she works to support multicultural and international students through different advising and programming opportunities.
Assistant Director of the Intercultural Center, Stuart Coordinator of Religious & Spiritual LifeReid Campus Center 218(509) 522-4449
Adam (he/him/his) joined the student affairs 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 AdviserGlover Alston Center(509) 522-4410
Jen (she/her/hers) works as the Program Adviser for the Center. A local Walla Wallan and a graduate from Whitman in 2013, Jennifer joined Teach for America and taught in New Orleans. She then went on to teach English in Chile, and upon her return, she worked in the local public high school. Jennifer manages the Glover Alston Center, supports IC programs and events, provides club advising, and acts as a support for students. If you would like to make a reservation in the Glover Alston Center, you can email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Student and Scholar Adviser
Kyle (he/him/his)serves as the International Student & Scholar Adviser in the Intercultural Center. He graduated from Whitman in 2007 as a double major in German Studies and Gender Studies. Before returning to Whitman to join the student services division, he spent several years teaching and studying in Germany. Kyle is the primary staff contact for international students within student services. Aside from ISSS, Kyle provides support to his colleagues for other IC-sponsored programs.
LGBTQI Program CoordinatorGlover Alston Center(509) 526-3021
Vari (they/them/theirs)works as the LGBTQI Program Coordinator. You'll also find them working as an Administrative Assistant in the Academic Resource Center. After growing up in Colorado, Vari went to college at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, graduating with degrees in International Studies and Anthropology. Vari is brand new to Whitman and is looking forward to supporting LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and faculty, as well as advising PRISM and further developing inclusive policies and programs.