Amazon and Others Recruiting at Whitman this Semester

HubSpot… Amazon… PitchBook… Porch

These are just a few of the many new organizations that are recruiting at Whitman this semester via the new Virtual Recruiting program sponsored by the SEC.  From East Coast to West Coast, organizations are recruiting at Whitman for roles in marketing, finance, consulting, business analytics, content generation, human resources, editorial staff, creative staff and more.  Paid internship programs are available at most; post-grad, full-time positions are on the table for all.

Here is a list of companies and dates that are confirmed right now:

February 2nd – College Pro

February 4th – Northwestern Mutual

February 5th – Amazon

February 18th – MedBridge

February 20th – The Spur Group

And yet to come… PitchBook, Porch, Brighton Jones, Zulily and more!

Stay tuned to the SEC Events page for times, locations and more recruiters.

A Civil Rights Education – Expanded

January 27, 2015
Jenny Lewis
Republished with permission

Whitman Teaches the Movement

In a darkened classroom, a soft voice fills the air with a call to action. It is 1965 in Delano, California; the man speaking to the hearts of hundreds of farm workers, shown onscreen pressed together worriedly in a church, is civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. The workers have gathered to decide whether to strike against the grape growers in whose fields they struggle under appalling conditions—whether to risk their livelihoods to fight for equality, justice, an end to exploitation.

Over the next 40 minutes, Chavez—once a field worker himself—co-founds what will become the United Farm Workers union, leads thousands of workers through a five-year strike on grape growers, marches 300 miles to the capital on a sprained ankle, finds a public supporter for the movement in Bobby Kennedy and then loses him to assassination, undertakes hunger fasts to promote the principle of nonviolence, inspires Americans across the country to stop buying grapes completely and, applying united pressure to the very powerful, paves the way to fairer, safer conditions in the fields.

The lights go up at the end of Viva La Causa to a silent roomful of Whitman students and visitors. Kate Shuster of the Southern Poverty Law Center looks out over the class.

“Okay. What didn’t you know, before the movie?” she asks.

This could be something of an uncomfortable question. American students who haven’t worked to learn about civil rights movements on their own, outside of school, might have to answer: all of it. Or, Cesar Chavez is maybe a name I’ve heard before, or I knew there was a fight that had something to do with unions but that’s really all.

Whitman Teaches the Movement

Civil rights education in American classrooms is, according to comprehensive research from the SPLC, woefully inadequate, which is why Shuster is here. The students gathered to watch Viva La Causa mean to learn from her—not just about the farm workers’ struggle itself, but about how to teach it, in this case to high school kids who might not otherwise learn about the movement at all.

Four years ago, Whitman College took offense to the low bar set for civil rights education in Washington state schools, then took action. Led by Associate Dean of Students Noah Leavitt, the Student Engagement Center collaborated with the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance Program and Walla Walla’s public school system to create Whitman Teaches the Movement, a program in which Whitman students go into classrooms to deliver targeted lessons on civil rights to primary and secondary school students.

Shuster has been involved since the beginning, helping to train the college students on the content—and how to deliver it to students, some of whom are just a few years younger than they are. Tonight’s movieis followed by a discussion on how to get teenagers to engage with what they’ve just seen.

“Get to the good stuff, the ‘how does this apply to our lives,’ with at least 20 minutes left,” Shuster advises. She fills the rest of the training sessions with pedagogical quick-tips, logistical concerns and example language for facilitating conversation.

The Cesar Chavez training represents an expansion of WTTM, as this is the first year the volunteers will cover the farm worker movement in classrooms. Other already tried-and-true lessons, penned by the SPLC, are taught to students in grades 2, 5, 7 and 9 and cover the Greensboro sit-ins, Jackie Robinson, feminism in the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham City Jail, respectively. (A modified version of the farm worker movement lesson was taught last year, but this year is the first for the full version.)

Whitman Teaches the Movement “We’ve stuck with the same curricula because they’ve been successful,” said program organizer and WTTM Community Service Intern Sophie Schouboe ’15, but “the student volunteers kept saying we should do something related to the farm workers.”

Schouboe, a psychology major who has been a part of WTTM since her first year and run it twice, listened to the feedback and worked with Shuster and SEC Outreach Coordinator Susan Prudente to incorporate the new training into the program.

It’s been a lot of work. Schouboe started recruiting volunteers in the fall, co-hosting an event called Social Justice Yesterday and Today with Students for Education Reform, and has spent many hours arranging the schedules of the volunteers and the public school teachers whose classes they will visit—42 volunteers going into 34 classrooms this year. She attends all four training events and is able to teach any of the curricula if a spot opens up.

“The program this year is coming at a really interesting time,” Schouboe said. In surveys, the volunteers explain why they are volunteering, and this year, she said, “a lot of students mentioned Ferguson.” For students wanting to further their own knowledge about civil rights in the U.S., “it’s good timing.”

Schouboe herself had a vivid experience in high school that inspired her to get started with WTTM: over the course of a 10-day trip around the American South with other high school students her junior year, she had the chance to talk with Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the famous Little Rock Nine, and to meet the daughter of assassinated civil rights pioneer Medgar Evans.

“That stuck with me,” she said. “When I started with WTTM, I learned a lot more, but [that trip] helped make the civil rights movement feel more real.” Her motivation for WTTM work comes partly from a desire to share her perspective with the community.

Allie Donahue ’16 echoed the sentiment. After taking a class called The Rhetoric of Civil Rights, which tied the 1960s’ civil rights movement to more recent LGBTQ movements, “I wanted to pay it forward in some way. I’m looking forward to getting to talk to the kids and share emotional, personal connections.”

Volunteers make the movement more tangible for young people, learn more about American history, strengthen ties with the local community and even get some teaching experience—WTTM is the kind of win-win that quickly becomes contagious.

At a roundtable discussion about a year ago, representatives from 13 other Washington campuses brainstormed the possibility of instituting similar programs in their own communities based on the Whitman model. Since then, Shuster said, at least four have taken up the mantle: Eastern Washington University, Seattle University and the University of Washington have plans developing, and Whitworth College in Spokane is so ready to go that it sent representatives to sit in on Whitman’s training sessions before their own version launches in fall of 2015.

Sophie Schouboe’s counterpart at Whitworth is a junior communications major, Elizabeth Porter, who is overseeing implementation of Teach the Movement at that school. Whitworth’s program has attracted interest from several public schools in Spokane—not to mention homeschool groups—and there are plans in the works to train students in the college’s education department to facilitate Teach the Movement as part of their coursework.

Porter, whose program’s goals include reaching lower-income students in the area, said she was glad she made the trip over to Walla Walla for the training.

“I’ve loved it. It’s been really great to see it finally—[the training] gives us a really good idea what the classroom setting will be like,” she said.

Community Fellow Arika writes About Her Internship at The Health Center

My name is Arika Wieneke and I am one of this year’s Community Fellows. I work at The Health Center (THC), which is a school-based health center located at both Lincoln High and Blue Ridge Elementary in Walla Walla. The work I do for THC draws upon multiple aspects of my education here at Whitman, but as a pre-med sociology major, I feel well prepared to tackle this multi-disciplinary job.

THC was established in 2008 in response to the need for physical and mental health support for the many at-risk students at Lincoln. Since then, THC has expanded to Blue Ridge and grown in the number of services offered. However, they have been struggling to effectively prove that they are having a strong impact on the students they serve. This is not due to a lack of actual impact, but a lack of data to prove it. That’s where I come in. I am attempting to develop a more thorough monitoring and evaluation system that will enable THC to show supporters and other people the great work they’re doing. This is crucial for grant applications and to maintain donor support, which are in turn very necessary to keep THC’s doors open.

Arika Wieneke - LinkedIn HeadshotWorking with data doesn’t thrill and excite most people, but it is a very necessary and important part of non-profit work (and other work as well). Data also helps put things in perspective, which I learned very quickly upon beginning work at THC. I’d heard that there were homeless kids in Walla Walla, but looking at the stats for how many Lincoln students were currently, or had been previously, living on the streets was an eye-opening experience. THC and the data that I have been working with have been the tools to help me break free of the Whitman bubble that I had been living inside here in Walla Walla.

My work with THC has greatly helped me to connect with both the on- and off-campus community in ways that I did not imagine. I have made new connections with the SEC as well as with the diverse group of Community Fellows—most of whom I rarely or never interacted with previously but have come to know and greatly respect this year. I also have new relationships with community members, teachers, counselors, and more within this community that have all helped me to shape an entirely new perspective on Walla Walla. Instead of feeling like a researcher holding a clipboard and peering at the subjects behind a mirrored window, as my previous interactions sometimes felt, I now feel like I am integrated into the Walla Walla community and am proud to say that I am a contributing member.

If you are interested in learning more about THC:

January – February 2015 Newsletter

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Event Highlights for January and February:

Recruiters are coming to campus! Watch our Facebook page and Blog for the latest.

Summer Internship Grant Workshop | Maxey 207 | Noon – 1pm | Jan 27

Eat, Greet and Be Neat – Learn to Network While You Snack! | Reid Ballroom | 4:30-6pm | January 29

Why Mentors and Families Matter to Kids – Professor Keith Farrington Keynote | Kimbal Auditorium | 7-8pm | January 29

International Summer Internship Grant Workshop | Reid G02 | Noon – 1pm | February 4th

Alive Inside – Film Screening | Kimball Auditorium | 7-9pm | February 5th

Etiquette Workshop for Seniors | Reid Ballroom | 5:30-7pm | February 5th

Summer Internship Grant Workshop | Reid G02 | Noon – 1pm | February 9th

Community Service Internship Interest Night | Glover Alston Center | 5-6pm | February 12th

Whitties Helping Whitties @ Whitman | Reid Ballroom B | 4:30-5:30 | February 24th

Workshop Series:

What is My Path and How Do I Find It? – A First-Year Workshop Exploration Series

  • Who Am I? Exploring My Personality’s Relationship to Careers and Majors | Reid 240 | Noon-1pm | February 10th
  • What is Important to Me? Exploring Your Values | Reid 240 | Noon-1pm | February 17th
  • What Do I Love to Do? – Exploring Your Skills and Interests | Reid 240 | Noon-1pm | February 24th

What Do Employers Really Want? – A Career Development and Soft Skills Workshop Series

  • Emotional IQ | Reid G02 | Noon – 1pm | February 11th
  • Communication and Teamwork Skills | Reid G02 | Noon – 1pm | February 18th
  • Diversity IQ | Reid G02 | Noon – 1pm | February 25th

Visit our page on the Whitman Calendar to see all of our upcoming events.


Spring Break Job Shadowing – A great way to learn about your career interests!


The Student Engagement Center is pleased to announce the debut of our Spring Break Job shadow program! So far, Whitman alumni at over 45 organizations have offered to host a Whitman student over spring break. Sign up to shadow at Teach for America, Johns Hopkins University, and more! If you would like to find someone to shadow, contact

What Are Walla Walla Supervisors Saying about Whitties?

“Haley is just amazing! She tackles any project well, always with a positive attitude, and is willing to put herself out there, in terms of stretching her own comfort zone when it is new material to her. She has been the most enjoyable student I have ever worked with!”

“Evan is quick to learn and understand new information, responsible about fulfilling assignments on time, and most of all enthusiastic about his work. . . he is on the cusp of being ready to take over and run the $mart Business Partner Program himself this coming semester”

Summer Internship Grants Due March 4th for First Round Selection!


Interested in a funded summer internship in the US or abroad? The Student Engagement Center’s Internship Coordinator, Victoria Wolff is holding special drop in hours this semester from 2-4pm on Tuesdays just to answer your questions! Victoria will also be hosting several information sessions throughout the next few weeks so check out our calendar to find one that works for you. Other questions? Or want to make a longer appointment? Email

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