October 13, 2021: Learning Journeys

For Whitman's faculty and staff, continuous professional development and learning around diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism (DEIA) is a necessary element for inclusive excellence. The Division of Diversity and Inclusion is working to seek out, develop and provide the Whitman community with a broad array of resources that can contribute to the growth of our collective DEIA capacity. 

October 6, 2021: Beyond Recognition, Into Action for Indigenous Peoples' Day

This week is a short one with Thursday and Friday included in October Break, two days without classes when students have the opportunity to pause, reflect, perhaps catch up on some school work or even return home for a quick visit. Classes will resume on Monday, October 11, 2021, which is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. As noted by Dennis W. Zotigh and Renee Gokey in their essay published in Smithsonian Magazine, “Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes that Native people are the first inhabitants of the Americas, including the lands that later became the United States of America. And it urges Americans to rethink history.”

September 28, 2021: Division of Diversity and Inclusion Updates

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion has been actively contributing to institutional efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at the College. This brief update highlights some activities, staffing changes and events held by International Student and Scholar Services, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Intercultural Center and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion over the last few months.

September 22, 2021: The Whitman Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (WIDE) Committee

The WIDE committee has evolved considerably since its development some seven years ago, but endeavors to remain true to its charge of articulating and supporting the campus-wide work of inclusion, diversity and equity.

September 15, 2021: Yom Kippur

This evening marks the beginning of the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement. Members of Whitman's Jewish community will join others around the world in a day-long fast that symbolizes a shift in focus from the physical world to matters of the spirit. While Yom Kippur is a holiday, the day isn’t generally marked by celebration or festivities.

September 15, 2021: Hispanic Heritage Month

Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage Month is similar to other heritage month celebrations (Black History Month, Women’s History Month, PRIDE Month, etc.), as an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the valuable contributions made by one of the many communities that comprise our nation, but also provides us with an opportunity to interrogate and expand our understanding of pan-ethnic supercategory classifications like “Hispanic”.

September 8, 2021: Speaking Up to Stop Anti-Asian Hate

A reflection on the role of the media in perpetuating stereotypes that feed anti-Asian hate from Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion John Johnson, along with resources to respond to, intervene in and heal from harassment.

September 1, 2021: Meet John Johnson, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

A note of introduction from John Johnson, who joined Whitman as Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion in the summer of 2021.