Clubs & Organizations

The Department of Education & Child Development offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs and organizations that promote academic and professional growth, and, more importantly, connect students to peers who want to have fun and build upon their passions.

Recognized student clubs and organizations affiliated with Education & Child Development are listed below:

Fifth Dimension

Fifth Dimension is a group of program run by a team of 16 Whittier College students. Those selected for the team lead and work with children, age 6-12, in the following programs:

  • Fifth Dimension computer-based after-school learning program
  • Homework Help program
  • The Wizard’s Reading Program

​Programs are carried out at the local Boys & Girls Club of Whittier each week. In addition, the Fifth Dimension team plans and manage educational field trips for Boys & Girls Club members as well as a Day on Campus event to encourage college attendance for low-income children from communities of color.

For more information about Fifth Dimension, contact Program Director Alexandra Guevara at 562.686.6761 or aguevara@whittier.edu.

Jumpstart

Jumpstart at Whittier College is a part of a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students to serve preschool children in local, low-income schools. Jumpstart participants are required to work 6-12 hours a week in local Head Start preschools during Fall and Springs terms and are trained to read stories, sing songs, and play games that support school readiness.

Internship opportunities with Jumpstart are open to all students of any major. Benefits include an AmeriCorps Education Award and work-study wages (optional). Students who enroll in Jumpstart in the fall can also earn 2-4 units in CHDV 277: Working with Children in Diverse Communities.

Apply to Jumpstart by visiting https://application.jstart.org, or learn more by contacting Program Director Holly Lopez at 562.907.4200 x4428 or hollyalopez@whittier.edu.

Organization Mondiale pour L’Education Presolaire (OMEP)

Members of OMEP Whittier College are activists who promote the health, rights, wellbeing, and education of the world’s children, especially those enduring poverty, war, abandonment, or natural disaster locally, nationally, and internationally.

For more information, visit OMEP's website at whittier.edu/OMEP or contact omep@poets.whittier.edu.

Students for Education Reform (SFER)

Students for Education Reform is a club that meets to discuss current state and national education policies, explore possible solutions, and further understand the many issues facing the education reform movement.

To learn more about SFER, contact sfer@poets.whittier.edu.