Community Service Coordinator
Abby enjoys helping students create meaningful connections through community engagement experiences that provide students opportunities to address community needs, explore interests, learn outside of the classroom, and serve as active citizens. Abby oversees the service trips program and the service initiatives that partner with our local non-profits. In addition to her work in the SEC, Abby serves as the adviser to the Community Service House on campus, volunteers with several non-profit organizations, and serves as the Co-Vice President of the Sharpstein Elementary School PTA. Abby enjoys spending time with her family (Mark, Lexa, and Samuel), hiking, camping, traveling, and reading. Abby earned a BA in Education and an MA in Educational Psychology.
- Helping students make community connections through service
- Mentoring students and helping them develop leadership and professional skills
- Fostering and supporting relationships with our local community partners
Erin has over 15 years of experience in education management and counseling. While earning her bachelor's degree in Economics at Western Washington University, Erin worked as a student Academic Adviser, which sparked her interest in education. Shortly after graduation Erin went to work for the University of Washington and most recently she served as Director of MBA Admissions for the UW's Foster School of Business. She is especially passionate about helping students discover their potential and plan their futures, and she loves meeting people from a wide variety of backgrounds. A Seattle native, Erin enjoys being in the outdoors with her husband and young son, and as a new resident of Walla Walla she is looking forward to experiencing these activities without always having to pack a raincoat!
- Resume and cover letter revision
- Assisting students & young alumni with interview preparation
- Serving as a resource or reviewer for students interested in or applying to graduate school
Director of Career Development
Kimberly has 20 years of experience working in a diverse range of environments in the for-profit sector. Her goal is to build partnerships with the business community that ultimately connect Whitman students to career opportunities. She is excited by the occasion to combine her practical experience in business and her passion for assisting future generations with entry into that world.
- Coaching students and young alumni in their first professional steps
- Developing collaborative relationships with internal and external partners to drive student learning
- Creating new ways to help students understand and access professional experiences
- Building programs to connect students, alumni and parents in networking and mentoring relationships
- Career advising in consulting, finance, marketing & business operations
Marisol grew up in the Walla Walla Valley as a migrant worker, later moving to Portland, Or. to pursue a career. She has a degree in Apparel Design and Business. Currently she owns a business called Memories @ Martinez Farm. Since joining the office in February of 2012, she has found she especially enjoys being the first point of contact for students and connecting them to the right SEC staff person. Marisol also oversees efforts to centralize on-campus employment for work-study students.
- Providing administrative and clerical support to the center
- Overseeing the JPMC documentation, student employees, and time sheets
- Assisting with implementation of all programs and maintains program records
- Supervising the SEC office assistants
- Coordinating all travel for staff, students and alumni who are connected to SEC programs and initiatives
Director of the Student Engagement Center and Sociology Department Research Associate
Noah loves helping students move in directions that are meaningful and energizing to them. In addition to his work leading the SEC, he also serves as one of Whitman's pre-law advisors and is a Research Associate in the Sociology Department. Noah and his wife, Dr. Helen Kim, have a son, Ari, and a daughter, Talia. Their book, JewAsian: Race, Religion and Identity for America's Newest Jews, was published in July 2016 by the University of Nebraska Press.
- Asking open-ended questions
- Being curious about how people are the same and how they are different
- Helping students figure out ways to bring their ideas for a more just and sustainable world to fruition
- Creating and nurturing relationships with our amazing community partners
- Finding common ground
- Volunteering on several local non-profit boards and task forces
Assistant Director for Community Engagement
Susan, a Walla Walla native, finds her greatest purpose in her role as mom to three children. Her BA in Speech Communication from the University of Washington confirmed her desire to dedicate her life's work to holistically supporting children as well as access and equity in public education. Susan oversees school-based initiatives that offer Whitman students practical, valuable experience working with students in our local schools ranging from serving as weekly mentors to bilingual tutors. Working as an emergency substitute teacher for Walla Walla Public Schools has informed her work at the College, where she also serves as the Program Manager for America Reads/America Counts.
- Encouraging both personal and professional development in student life
- Believing learning happens in formative ways outside the classroom
- Challenging students to get off campus to meet people very different from themselves
- Celebrating the best each one of us can bring to each day
Assistant Director for Internship Programs
Victoria, a native of Berlin, Germany, is passionate about teaching, learning, and advising students on their academic and professional paths. She enjoys creating meaningful, educational internship and fellowship opportunities and connecting students to local community partners. Victoria joined the Student Engagement Center in July 2014 with a background in education, teaching, literature, and history. After receiving her B.A. in English and history from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, she worked at Whitman as the German Language Assistant (2010-11). She then returned to Berlin to complete her M.Ed. also in English and history. Victoria oversees the Whitman Internship Grant program as well as the Community Fellow Program, an initiative that connects community partners from local non-profits and Whitman students to address some of the area's social, economic, and cultural challenges.
- Providing career and internship advising for students covering the non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors
- Helping students reflect on their co-curricular experiences (internships, research opportunities, fellowships) and build a cohesive narrative
- Fostering collaborative relationships with community partners, faculty, staff, and alumni to support student learning and open up internship opportunities
- Developing programs that provide professional, personal, and leadership opportunities for students
- Collaborating with student groups, departments, and faculty to provide pre- and post-internship workshops
Meet the students that work in the Student Engagement Center on a wide variety of projects:
Civic Engagement Special Projects Intern
Ameliz grew up thirty minutes outside of Phoenix, Arizona in Chandler, Arizona. Here at Whitman she participates in The Mentor Program, Storytime, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, am a member of several affinity clubs, and am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. In her free time she enjoys Pilates and yoga because they help her to unwind at the end of the day. In her position this year, she is most excited about meeting with community leaders and strengthening Whitman's relationship with the Walla Walla community. A fun fact about her is that she has been through the Junior Achievement Program twice and was an AVID student back in grade school.
Student Employment AssistantReid 219
April is a junior English major from Zhengzhou, China.
Executive Office AssistantReid 219
Grant, a senior from Hermiston, WA, is an enthusiastic learner and a quiet comic. He enjoys connecting people and ideas.
Special Projects Assistant
Henry, a junior English major from Lake Oswego, OR, helps the SEC with data projects such as the Whitman Internship Database, Whitman Wayfinder, and other such exciting projects. Besides assisting with a wide variety of special projects in the SEC, he is also able to eat an apple in three bites if he tries really hard. This year he is looking forward to helping out on new and exciting projects around the office, mostly reorganizing and restructuring the SEC website to actually make sense.
Social Media Intern
Jackie is a senior Film & Media Studies and Sociology double major from Seattle, WA. In her position this year, she is very excited to have the opportunity to keep Whitman students, faculty, potential students, and anyone else who might be interested updated on the goings on of the SEC! She loves social media and is excited about creating a presence for the SEC online that will represent the office, the people who work here, and the students who are involved as well. A fun fact about Jackie is that she likes to workout to musical theater!
Peer Career Adviser
Katie is a senior Psychology major and a Music minor. She is very fond of her hometown Eugene, Oregon where she developed a love for the rain, symphonic music, and homemade soup. Her favorite activities on campus are singing in Chamber choir, being in the Zumba community, and cooking with her housemates. She is passionate about helping others and is excited to support her peers and learn about their aspirations through this position.
Katy is a sophomore physics and astronomy double major from San Diego, CA and is the head photographer/videographer for the SEC; you can view her online portfolio here. On campus, she is also a member of Alpha Phi and sings in the a capella group, Sirens of Swank. This year, she is most excited to see the cool service events the new program leaders come up with.
Student Employment InternReid 219
Lukas is a senior Film & Media Studies major from New Brighton, Minnesota.
Peer Career Adviser
Malia grew up in Honolulu, Hawai'i so she loves playing in the ocean, going hiking, creative writing, jamming on ukulele, dancing, and playing volleyball. As a Peer Career Adviser this year, she is excited to help my peers feel confident not only in their professional skills, but more importantly, in themselves, so they can go out into the world and feel like they have the skill set to chase after their dream career. A fun fact about Malia is that she likes to believe she has pioneered a new type of Quiet Room Challenge tradition. To celebrate her humble first victory (which was sadly the last few hours of her 20th birthday), she blasted music and danced around the Quiet Room at 2 in the morning. She recorded herself doing this and turned it into a music video that she later shared on my Instagram. She has made 4 more since then. Check out her Instagram for some great content that probably makes you feel WAY better about your study habits!!
Executive Office AssistantReid 219
Tasi is a first-year from Austin, Texas.