The Ortiz Legacy Lives on Today

October 9, 2018

Martin OrtizThe life of the late Martin Ortiz ’48 was commemorated in a recent news segment for NBC news in Wichita, Kan. The news segment reflected on Ortiz’s many contributions to his hometown, Whittier College, and the Latino community, giving viewers an overview of his life and his legacy. 

Ortiz earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Whittier. After earning his M.A. from George Williams College (now Aurora University), he returned to Whittier to answer his calling in teaching. He later founded and directed the Center for Mexican American Affairs, a precursor to the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI). Named in his honor, the Ortiz Programs, housed within the OEI, seek to expand knowledge and awareness of the Latino culture, language, and history through a variety of events and activities.

In Wichita, his many contributions to education are memorialized at Ortiz Elementary School, located near Ortiz’s childhood home.

View the news segment here.