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New, Welcoming Space for Students

Students and staff members on the Glover Alston Center Advisory Committee meet with the architect to discuss plans for the center.

About the Glover Alston Center

  • Located in a renovated historic home at 26 Boyer Ave. (the former senior art studios), the center is expected to open in early 2010.
  • Key objectives for the house include educational programming, leadership development, student support, cultural exchange, academic support and personal counseling.
  • Trustees see the new center as an affirmation of the college’s statement on diversity and a powerful message to current students, prospective students and their families that Whitman is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all students.
  • The space includes a large living room; a large central kitchen for student groups to cook together and share food from various cultures; a TV lounge with access to international news and sports; library, study and office space; and meeting, project and activity rooms.
  • Ben Wu ’07, program adviser and a former resident director, will oversee the largely student-run center.

“I hope it will be a place where people can come together comfortably and well.”
— Kari Glover ’72

— Stories by Lana Brown

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