Diversity Statement

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Whitman College. The college strives to have and support a student body, staff and faculty that represent the diversity of our world: gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, ideological perspective, spirituality and age cohort. We aspire to become a place where all community members experience difference every day, where diversity is supported and woven throughout our cultural fabric: our values, our behavior, our culture. Our mission focuses on educating engaged students from diverse backgrounds and experiences in a college community where everyone can participate fully in the life of the college and experience a genuine sense of belonging.

Education is a common good that ultimately serves the entire society; therefore, access is a moral imperative. Diverse learning contexts are known to provide transformative educational experiences. An inclusive environment at Whitman that nurtures the development of the ability to work effectively across difference will prepare our students for life after Whitman. We believe that through an innovative rigorous liberal arts curriculum, we can educate all students and prepare them to serve in various fields and sectors and to contribute to a rapidly changing, multicultural and globalized world. Our graduates will be ready to work with others for the common good.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Whitman College has a strong commitment to the principle of nondiscrimination in all its forms. In its admission, educational, and employment practices, programs, and activities, Whitman College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), gender, gender identity or manifestation, genetic information, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran's status, or any other basis prohibited by the Civil Rights Act or Title IX and applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Inquiries regarding sex, gender and disability discrimination may be directed to the Title IX/Title II and 504 Administrator, Julia Dunn (Dean of Students Office, 325 Memorial, 345 Boyer Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-524-2049; titleix@whitman.edu) or, to the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (951 Second Avenue Room 3310, Seattle, WA 98174; 206-607- 1600).

All other inquiries can be directed to the Director of Human Resources, Dennis Hopwood (509-527-5172; hopwoodt@whitman.edu).

Statement on Undocumented Students

Whitman College seeks to establish a vibrant community of individuals who are intellectually talented, have the potential to be leaders in and out of the classroom and are from diverse backgrounds both nationally and internationally. Recognizing that undocumented students make important contributions to the intellectual and social life of the campus, Whitman College admits and enrolls students regardless of citizenship. Whitman College uses non-governmental resources to support the academic efforts of such students who qualify for financial aid.

Immigration Statement

President Murray's statement in response to President Trump's January 2017 order banning entry to the U.S. by immigrants from seven countries.