Events & Programs

Students at football gameThrough its different programming branches, LEAP is responsible for many of the student-centered activities at Whittier, from outdoor movie nights and traditional special events to off-campus volunteer experiences and excursions throughout Southern California.

Campus events and experiences are open to ALL students but some events are planned with commuter students in mind.

For a full list of campus events, connect to Whittier College’s Event Management System.



Through its Excursions Program, LEAP partners with offices across campus to provide opportunities for Whittier College students to experience amusement parks, professional sporting events, theater and the performing arts, as well as other landmarks Southern California has to offer. Excursions are usually provided at minimal to no cost to students, but often require a refundable deposit to hold a reservation.

2015 - 2016 Excursions Include

Outdoor Adventure Overnight Trip - Thursday September 3 - 5, 2015

  • Dodgers Game - Sunday, September 20 (tickets on sale Tues. September 15)
  • Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights - Thursday October 29, 2015 (Includes a talk from Halloween Horror Nights Creative Director, John Murdy '89)
  • Professional Performing Arts Production - Spring 2016
  • Explore LA - Spring 2016

Past Excursions Have Included

  • Explore LA: (Travel to LA Live via Metro, Visit Santa Monica Beach / 3rd Street Promenade, & Splash! Water Park in La Mirada)
  • Professional Athletic Games (Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, & Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Amusement Parks (Disneyland Park, Downtown Disney, Knott's Scary Farm, & Universal City Walk)
  • Performing Arts (Wicked, Book of Mormon, Lion King, Shakespeare's Hamlet, & Shakespeare's The Tempest)

Community Building

Be part of something bigger than yourself! Each semester, LEAP provides opportunities for students to take part in blood and bone marrow drives, donate food and toys goods to a local families in need, or make a difference in the community at service initiatives like Helping Hands Day.

2015-2016 Blood Drives with American Red Cross

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (includes bone marrow registration)

Get to know your fellow poets at SportsFest Competition, Whittier College's annual two-day competition full of fun and rivalry. Bring your skills, as serious bragging rights are always up for grabs. Note: Competition includes more than just sports. There is something for everyone.

Volunteer Opportunities
Visit the Center for Engagement with Communities for more information about reoccurring volunteer opportunities.

ASWC Program Board Events

Program Board hosts annual events that keep traditions alive and strong at Whittier such as Welcome Week, the DubSync Lip sync competition, and the crowning of Mr. & Ms. Whittier. Thanks to ASWC, there is always something to do at Whittier.

2015-2016 Program Board Events

  • Fall 2015 Welcome Week: Wednesday, September 9 - Wednesday, September 16
  • Homecoming Court Competition/Spirit Week: Wednesday, October 21 - Saturday, October 24
  • Spring 2016 Welcome BACK Week: Thursday, January 28 - Thursday, February 4
  • SpringFest Carnival: Sunday, March 6 on North Lawn
  • Luminarias (Lumies) Semi-formal Dance: Saturday, April 2
  • Movie Premiere: Thursday, April 28

Leadership Development Opportunities

LEAP can help you explore your leadership identity or enhance your leadership skills.

If you are an outside vendor who would like to participate in a Whittier College student event, please contact LEAP at 562.907.4986 or