MLK Week Events Schedule

 MLK Jr. Day of Service – Jan. 19, multiple times and locations

Several community service projects are scheduled throughout Walla Walla to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. These community service projects, including descriptions, contact information, etc., are listed online at; participation is free and open to the public.

MLK Jr. March and Candlelight Vigil – Jan. 19, 4 p.m. at Reid Campus Center

Meet in the Reid Campus Center lobby (corner of Park St. and Boyer Ave.) at 4 p.m. for a peace march and candlelight vigil in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The vigil will occur at 1st Ave. and Main St. The march will return to the Reid Campus Center, downstairs in the Coffeehouse, for a reception at approximately 5 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Both events are free and open to the public.

Whitman Teaches the Movement (WTTM) – Jan. 22-23, multiple times and locations

Whitman Teaches the Movement is a partner program between Whitman College, Walla Walla Public Schools, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Created in 2011, its goal is to increase civil rights education in the Walla Walla Valley. Whitman students are trained in one of four curriculums associated with the civil rights movement before teaching in local classrooms. For training times and locations, please visit the WTTM blog at

Interfaith Service – Jan. 24, 4 p.m. at Spirituality Room (Prentiss Hall)

All are welcome to attend an interfaith service for peace and justice. For more information, please contact Adam Kirtley, Stuart Coordinator of Religious and Spiritual Life (522-4449). This event is free and open to the public.

“Race, Law and Justice in America” – A Conversation with The Honorable Mary Yu and President George Bridges – Jan. 27, 7 p.m., Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center

Justice Mary Yu will address campus as the 2015 MLK keynote speaker. Justice Yu performed the first same-sex marriage in the State of Washington and is the first member of the LGBT and Asian communities to serve on the Supreme Court. Her list of recent awards includes “Judge of the Year” from the Washington State Association for Justice; “Public Official of the Year” from the Municipal League Foundation; and the 2012 “Difference Makers Award” from the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division.

George Bridges is the 13th president of Whitman College. After earning his undergraduate degree in 1972 from the University of Washington, Bridges pursued his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. There he earned his M.A. in criminology and Ph.D. in sociology. Prior to pursuing an academic career full time, Bridges worked as a social scientist in the staff office of the Attorney General of the United States.

Holiday connections can help you find your next step to the future

Winter Break – a time to unwind from a stressful semester, a time to relax with friends and family, a time to binge-watch your favorite shows guilt-free,  AND… a time to connect with Whitman alumni and parents working in and around the cities you’re in now or want to be in this summer!

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Whitties Helping Whitties is a series of events that the SEC and the Alumni Relations Office co-host to help Whitman students and young alumni talk with and connect to individuals and opportunities that can impact future careers.  We hope you’ll join us for this series of events starting next Monday, January 5th.  Below are details for each of four events and links to RSVP.

The deadline to respond has been extended to midnight tomorrow night!  So follow the links now so you are registered before you toast in the new year.

Monday, January 5th @ 5:30 – Whitties Helping Whitties in Seattle | Seattle Art Museum | RSVP here

Tuesday, January 6th @ 5:30 – Whitties Helping Whitties in Portland | The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel | RSVP here

Wednesday, January 7th @ 7:00 – Whitties Helping Whitties in San Francisco | Hyatt Regency Embarcadero | RSVP here

Thursday, January 8th @ 5:30 – Whitties Helping  Whitties in Bellevue | Bellevue Art Museum | RSVP here

Join us for a great evening and open new doors to your future!  Any questions?  E-mail

The Buddy Program Winter Ball: A Night to Remember


Devin Reese ’18 takes Rachel Kutcher for a spin on the dance floor!

The Buddy Program held its annual “Winter Ball” on the evening of December 5 in the Reid Campus Ballroom, and what an evening it was! The energy in the room was high as Whitman and community buddies alike took to the dance floor to dance and show off their best moves.

As the program intern, I could not have been happier with how the Winter Ball went.  Seeing the smile on Rachel’s face as Devin spun her around to the tune of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” was absolutely wonderful, as was watching my previous buddy Jacob jamming with his buddy Michael as they chose music to play. Other highlights of the evening included the formation of an enormous conga-line, great food, and classy pictures.

The Fall 2014 Buddy Program crew!

The Fall 2014 Buddy Program crew!

When I came to Whitman, I never knew that I would have the opportunity to develop such a unique set of friendships with the local members of the community. My work with all of our community members continues to teach me so much about the unique talents and capabilities that individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities have to offer us, as well as how much we can learn from their outlooks on life. As I reflect back on IMG_5410[1]my first semester running the program, I can see just how much I have grown from my experience, and am certain that I will continue to grow as we enter a new semester in January. 

Winter Break Whitties Helping Whitties

We have a series of Whitties helping Whitties events coming up in January and we want you to attend!These events will be a great opportunity to meet fellow Whitman students, alumni, parents, and even job recruiters!

If interested please click on the links below for more information and to RSVP for your event. Feel free to email us at with any questions!

Jan. 5 – Seattle
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Jan. 6 – Portland
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Jan. 7 – San Francisco
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Jan. 8 – Bellevue
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A Night of Memories

Something that first started as an idea soon became a reality. On November 12th, the Whitman Mentor Program hosted its first annual Family Dinner at Greenpark Elementary School.

Families and Mentors enjoy  a nice dinner

Families and Mentors enjoy a nice dinner

This event helped bridge both mentors and their mentee’s family to connect with one another through a delicious meal and a fun activity. Mentors had the chance to talk and know more about their mentee’s family. As a fun activity, mentees and mentors decorated leaves and turkey cookies.

Kids Decorate Leaves and Turkeys

Kids Decorate Leaves and Turkey Cookies

One mentor reflected on her experience and said “Not only did it make me appreciate what I have a lot more, it helped me understand my mentee’s background and her struggles and it made me want to be an even better mentor for her.”

This event would not have been a great success without the help and support of a few amazing women. I would like to give a huge shout out to Barbara Thatcher, Intervention Specialist at Greenpark Elementary School, for all her work and dedication to this event. Big thanks to Susan Prudente, our supervisor, for believing in this idea and to Rina Wulfing, Mentor Program Intern, for all the support in making this a successful event.

On a last note, I am grateful to say that prior to Thanksgiving Break, we were granted with our request of $495 from the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) the Service Learning Organization (SOL) Fund in order to continue with this event in the other five elementary schools.


Jessy Cherry '16 along with her mentee Mireya and her family take a family picture

Jessy Cherry ’16 along with her mentee Mireya and her family take a family picture