Whittier College Receives $350,000 Diversity Grant

Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608-0634

July 16, 2003

Reference: 2003-04: 2
Contact: Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 907-4974

Whittier College Receives $350,000 Diversity Grant

          Whittier College has been awarded $350,000 by the James Irvine Foundation as part of that organization’s Campus Diversity Initiative, according to Katherine Haley Will, Whittier’s president. Over the next three years, the funds will be used to increase faculty diversity, transform curricular and co-curricular programs and improve academic success among underrepresented students.

          Will said the grant will be used for “incentive grants to faculty and staff to infuse multicultural learning outcomes into new and revised curricular and student life strategic-planning initiatives; recruit and hire Irvine Fellows in Residence to diversify the faculty; and create and implement residential ‘communities of engagement’ to bridge curricular and co-curricular education, improve retention and emphasize diversity.”

          Tracy Tambascia, associate dean of students and director of the Cultural Center, will serve as project director as the grant is implemented. According to Tambascia, Whittier will create “residential communities of engagement in its residence halls for first-year students,” with curriculum addressing social justice, diversity and urban issues. “The program will involve some type of shared-living environment and programming such as service projects or field trips,” Tambascia said. Each residential community will be directed by one faculty member and one staff member or administrator.

          The Irvine Fellows in Residence will bring visiting scholars from historically under-represented backgrounds to campus to teach at Whittier.

          Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.
 

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