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.

Programming for Diverse Identities Month 2017 is in the planning stages. A full schedule will be announced in spring 2017.

Express Yourself: Diverse Identities 2016

M.E.C.h.A presents: Express Yourself at “Paraiso (Paradise)” by Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal​
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Hartley House

This story touches the issues of body image, self-confidence, and happiness with candor and humor by following the everyday life of Carmen and Alfredo.

Halo Halo presents: Express Yourself at Teach Me How to Tinkling
Monday, March 7, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Campus Courtyard

Come join Halo Halo and learn how to Tinkling. Tinkling is a dance involving two people beating, tapping, and sliding bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance.

Hawaiian Islanders Club (HIC) presents: Express Yourself at It’s Shave Ice Not Shaved
Monday, March 7, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Campus Courtyard

Cool down with a traditional Hawaiian treat brought to you by the Hawaiian Islanders

Newman Club presents: Express Yourself at Spread the Luck in the Spirit of St. Patrick’s Day
Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of Campus Inn

Spread the luck with the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and learn about St. Patrick’s. Newman Club will be outside the Campus Inn where students will be able to write a message on shamrocks that will be delivered to a local convalescent home.

Asian Student Association (ASA) presents: Express Yourself at Asian Night Market
Friday, March 11, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Chapel

ASA is hosting Asian Night Market which will be a cultural and insightful experience! The evening will consist of 4 performances, including WC’s very own Halo Halo, an array of cuisine, and various activities throughout the night.

The Cultural Center and Counseling Center present: Between Worlds: Bicultural & Cross Cultural Identity
Wednesday, March 23 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm in the Memorial Chapel                                               

The purpose of this workshop is to address cross cultural identity through developing an understanding about some of the experiences common among people who spend time in a cultural environment that is different from their parents’ culture including cultural identity confusion, adjustment difficulties and loneliness. There is so much value that can be found in understanding one’s culture(s) and how this impacts identity and relationships.Lunch will be provided!

Black Student Union presents: Super Bowl 50 guest Speaker Teddy Williams
Thursday, March 24 from 7:00pm-9:00pm in Club 88

Come out to hear Teddy Williams, a cornerback for the Carolina Panthers, talk about his journey of never stepping foot onto a collegiate football field, turning down a six figure professional track contract and then making history in the NFL. He will be available for autographs and pictures after the event as well! This speech is not only for athletes but open to all students.

The Department of Modern Languages & Literature and the Cultural Center present: A Bus Trip to Mountains May Depart, a New Chinese Film at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena
Tuesday, March 29 meet at 5:30pm in the Campus Center Parking Lot

Reserve your spot by contacting Nadine Barragan ’09 at nbarragan@whittier.edu by Friday March 25

CRU and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes present: Text for a Cookie
Wednesday, March 30th 7:00pm-10:00pm in Stauffer Main Lounge

Students can have cookies delivered to them for free if they text in their answers to a 3 question survey regarding interest in the faith of Christianity.

Amigos Unidos and the Ortiz programs present: Empowerment Comedy Show with Ernie G.
Wednesday, March 30th 6:00pm Villalobos Hall

“Transforming the world one laugh at a time,” Ernie G is one of the hottest, multi-talented, Latino entertainers in the country today. He will be on campus for the first time to spread his message of empowerment through comedy. You might have seen him on Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh,” B.E.T.’s “Comic View,” or you might even remember him as the “Angry Angelino” from the Channel 13 News in L.A.

Transgender, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Allies for Diversity and Faculty Master Paul Kjellberg present: LGBTQ+ Mixer
Thursday March 31st from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in Hartley Faculty Master House

LGBTQ students, allies, staff, and faculty are invited for heavy hors d’oeuvres and light conversation.

Religious Studies Department and the Ortiz Programs present: Faith-Based Leadership and Social Justice: César Chávez and Fr. Luis Olivares
Thursday March 31st from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Memorial Chapel

Mario T. García will speak about his book, The Gospel of César Chávez: My Faith in Action, which includes many of Chávez's reflections on his faith, such as non-violence, self-sacrifice, pilgrimage, human dignity, poverty and social justice. García is currently completing Presente! A Biography of Fr. Luis Olivares (under contract with University of North Carolina Press) which will serve as the basis for this talk. Olivares, a member of the Claretian order, is best known as the heart and soul of the sanctuary movement in Los Angeles in the 1980s with respect to Central American refugees and undocumented Mexican immigrants. A proponent of liberation theology, Olivares centered his community-based social justice work around his faith claims regarding the preferential option for the poor.

Race Exhibit: “We are all Related”
Campus Center Student Lounge March 1-31