Diverse Identities Program

The goal of Diverse Identities (DI) is to promote appreciation of and education about differences and how our experiences influence our world lens. Every spring "Diverse Identities Month" offers programs planned by various Minority Caucus and Interfaith student groups.  Each program connects to a theme, and serves as a venue for the Whittier College community to engage in learning related to diversity, social justice, and advocacy.

"Unity in Community"
Diverse Identities 2015

Race Exhibit: All of Us are Related, Each of Us is Unique
Displayed the entire month of March, Ettinger (The Spot) Student Lounge

Stop by the Lounge to view a set of 18 panels documenting similarities and variations in our genetic makeup. Genetically there is only one race with variations reflecting geography.

The Counseling Center and TOBGLAD present: LGBTQA Support and Education Group
Every Tuesday, March 3rd to May 5th, 4:30 PM, Dezember Alumni House

Topics covered: Stages of LGBTQA identity development, coming out process, community resources, coping with discrimination, being a sexual minority as a college student, and other topics of interest to members.

Amigos Unidos and the Spanish Department Present: "Roble de Olor"
Tuesday, March 3rd, 7:15 PM, Club 88

Please join us for a screening of “Roble de Olor,” a Cuban film in Spanish with English subtitles.  The story takes place during the first half of the 19th century, when Cuba was a Spanish colony and a slave society. A German entrepreneur arrives to the island and falls in love with a beautiful and distinguished black woman from Haiti. Learn what takes place in that community when emancipatory ideas of the Enlightenment and the French and American Revolutions come to the Caribbean.

Christian Poets, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Jewish Student Union, and Newman Club Present: Speed Faithing
Wednesday, March 4th from 4:30 – 6:00 PM, Club 88

This event aims to educate and encourage interfaith dialogue and cooperation among various religious and non-religious traditions. Facilitators will rotate participants through 5 minute conversations about their beliefs with an opportunity to ask questions.  We will have light refreshments and an opportunity drawing for your chance to win some Whittier gear!

The Religious Studies Department Presents the Film: “City of Life” as part of the Middle Eastern Film Series
Wednesday, March 4th, 6:30 PM, Garrett House

Hosted by Anne Cong-Huyen, "City of Life" is an urban drama that tracks the various intersections of a multi-ethnic cast, examining how random interactions and their consequences can irrevocably impact another's life.

Program Board and the Diversity Council Present: SpringFest Carnival 2015 - Poets Around the World (Hawaiian Islanders Club, Asian Student Association, MEChA & Mid East Connection)
Saturday, March 7th, 12:00-4:00 PM, North Lawn

Diversity Council organizations, The Office of International Program’s Global Ambassadors, and students from Kaplan International English will share their culture through interactive activities, food and dance. The carnival is focused on providing the student body an opportunity to explore different cultures and countries through activities, food and interaction with one another. The event will feature a baby giraffe, mechanical surf board, rock climbing wall, and more!

Halo Halo Presents: Tinikling Dance!
Monday, March 9th from 11:30-1:30 PM, Campus Center Courtyard

Join us! Tinikling is the most popular cultural dance in the Philippines. It is a traditional dance that imitates the Tikling bird's skill to move swiftly and gracefully. Participants of the dance will step over the poles and must be precise and quick with their footwork!

TOBGLAD and Hartley House Present: LGBTQ Mixer
Thursday, March 12th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Hartley House
LGBTQ students, staff and faculty of Whittier College: You’re invited! Come for heavy hors d’oeuvres and light conversation.

Religious Studies and Interfaith Programs Present: An Evening on the Sufi Path
Tuesday, March 24th, 7:00 PM, Villalobos Hall

The M.T.O. Sufi Association from UCLA will demonstrate zikr with musical accompaniment, including the Persian frame drum (daf) and an Indian/Iranian plucked string instrument (sitar).  

The Sociology and Philosophy Departments and the Ortiz Programs Present: Transforming Latino Citizenship
Wednesday, March 25th from 1:30 - 2:50 PM, Deihl; 7:00pm, Villalobos Hall

Political Scientist Raymond Rocco of the UCLA Latin American Institute will discuss his new book, Transforming Citizenship: Democracy, Membership, and Belonging in Latino Communities.

English Department and Cultural Center Present: Poetry Reading by Vandana Khanna and Yuyutsu Sharma
Thursday, March 26th, 7:00 PM, Wardman Library
Vandana Khanna was born in New Delhi, India and is the author of two award-winning books of poetry.  Yuyutsu Sharma was born in Punjab and raised in Nepal.  He has published 14 books of poetry, a book of nonfiction, five books of translation, and nine edited books, and has won many distinguished literature awards.

MEChA and the Spanish Department Present: Latinos in the Media
Thursday, March 31st, 7:00 PM, Shannon Center 
Panelists from important Latino radio, journalism, and television in the U.S. will discuss, in English, issues related to Latino media and diversity. Some of the topics of discussion will include:  The development of Latino media in the U.S., and their influence on culture and politics in America; the representation of Latinos and non-Latinos, the use of the Spanish language and the issues of gender, race, religion, and political discrimination in Latino media.