Program Description

Started in 2011, Whitman Teaches the Movement (WTTM) trains Whitman students to visit local Walla Walla Public School's K-12 classrooms to teach age-appropriate lessons about civil rights. Since the beginning, this project partnership has evolved to include lessons about social justice, indigenous issues, and racial inequity. 

To learn more about WTTM or to ask how you can become a volunteer, email the Program Coordinators, Kaitlynne Jensen '23 and Cormac Li '23, at

You can also reach out to Susan Prudente, Assistant Director for Community Engagement, at


What is the time commitment?
Volunteers must attend a couple hours of training in January and then teach for at least one hour in a local classroom.

How does transportation work?
WTTM organizes it. Volunteers walk to closer schools and drive to schools that are farther away.

What should I do if a conflict arises on my assigned day to teach?
Contact one of the Whitman Teaches the Movement interns immediately. If possible, find someone to switch/cover for you.

WTTM News Stories

  • Fine Fellows

    May 25, 2021 • Two Whitman students have been awarded prestigious national fellowships.

  • Kaitlynne Jensen ’23 Named Newman Civic Fellow

    March 8, 2021 • Politics major Kaitlynne Jensen ’23 of Milton-Freewater, Oregon, has received the prestigious Newman Civic Fellowship from Campus Compact.

  • Andy Burnstein ’20 Wants to See More Students ‘Pop the Bubble’

    March 23, 2020 • Graduating senior Andy Burnstein ’20 has advice for Whitman College students coming behind him: Get involved in the community. Register to vote in Walla Walla. Give back through local organizations. Be part of the city and culture. “Many Whitman students feel separate from the community, which is really unfortunate,” Burnstein said.

  • Hasan Kwame Jeffries Encourages Students to Take an Honest Look at ‘Hard History’

    December 3, 2019 • It’s important to study history, the old saying goes, because history tends to repeat itself. If we study the past, we can avoid repeating our mistakes. When it comes to America’s history with slavery, Hasan Kwame Jeffries thinks we still have plenty of reflection and work to do.

  • Whitman Teaches the Movement Wins IMPACT Service Program of the Year Award

    February 28, 2019 • Whitman Teaches the Movement (WTTM) — Whitman College’s student-led program that brings civil rights lessons to Walla Walla public schools every January and February — received the Service Program of the Year award at the IMPACT Conference, held Feb. 21-24, 2019, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.