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Whitman College Advisory Council for CTUIR Collaboration (WCACCC)

Collaboration between Whitman College and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has taken many forms over the past decades, including experiential learning opportunities for Whitman students, trips to the Tamástslikt Cultural Center, art workshops for youth of the CTUIR, and lectures and other educational programming provided by tribal members to the Whitman community. In 2015, the CTUIR requested that a memorandum of agreement be created to serve as a long-term guide for a partnership between Whitman College and the CTUIR.  The memorandum was signed in May 2017, and an advisory group was created to oversee Whitman's responsibilities in accordance with the memorandum.

The purpose of the Whitman College Advisory Council for CTUIR Collaboration (WCACCC) is to enable Whitman College to function as an effective long-term partner to the CTUIR in areas of common educational concern. All members of the Whitman College community collaborating or desiring to collaborate with the CTUIR are asked to communicate with the WCACCC. Faculty, staff or students without prior relationships with members of the CTUIR should contact the WCACCC if they are interested in developing a project. The WCACCC will then ensure that the proper contact at CTUIR is made and facilitate an introduction. Faculty or staff with ongoing relationships with individuals or offices of the CTUIR should inform WCACCC about continuing or new projects. The purpose of this communication is to ensure a more unified and coherent effort by Whitman College to serve as a productive long-term educational partner with the CTUIR.

The WCACCC shall be composed of administrators, staff, and faculty with knowledge of past collaborative initiatives with the CTUIR and with the capacity to communicate with a broad range of members of the campus community. At least one member of the President's Cabinet, one faculty member and one student will be included in the advisory council.

Students and Honorary Council Members 
Owen Jakel ’25, Treasurer, Indigenous People's Education and Culture Club (IPECC)
Lindsey Pasena-Littlesky '26, President, Indigenous People's Education and Culture Club (IPECC)
Aiden Wolf '25

Faculty and Staff Council Members
Jeanine Gordon, Special Assistant to the President for Native American Outreach
Alzada Tipton, Provost and Dean of Faculty
Casey Brown, Managing Editor, Office of Communications
River Freemont, Associate Archivist Whitman College Northwest Archives
Kurt Hoffman, Professor of Physics
Noah Leavitt, Co-Director of Career and Community Engagement Center for External Affairs and College Liaison for Community Affairs
Libby Miller, Maxey Museum Exhibitions and Collections Manager 
Mary Raschko, Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Makaya Kekoa Resner, Assistant Director of Admission (DEIA Focus)
Albert Schueller, Professor of Mathematics
Rachna Sinnott, Director of Grants & Foundation Relations
Stan Thayne, Professor of Anthropology, Environmental Studies and Religion
Lisa Udinn, Associate Professor of Art History

The WCACCC is charged with the following activities:

  • Respond to requests by the CTUIR to initiate projects involving Whitman College.
  • Contact Whitman faculty and staff who might wish to contribute to collaborative projects.
  • Assist Whitman faculty, staff and students desiring to undertake collaborative projects with the CTUIR.
  • Update the Memorandum of Agreement regularly or as needed and oversee Whitman’s efforts to fulfill its responsibilities. 
  • Assist the Whitman Office of Communications in any communications about CTUIR or its collaborative work with the college.

Provost and Dean of the Faculty
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