Diverse Identities Program

The goal of Diverse Identities (DI) is to promote appreciation of and education about differences and how our experiences influence our world lens. Every spring "Diverse Identities Month" offers programs planned by various Minority Caucus and Interfaith student groups.  Each program connects to a theme, and serves as a venue for the Whittier College community to engage in learning related to diversity, social justice, and advocacy.

Diverse Identities 2014

Who Cares Presents: PRIDE in Marching Forth for Sexual Violence Education
Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 p.m.
 in Campus Center Courtyard
Join the WC community as we complete a march across lower campus collecting strips of paper with the lines of the WHO CARES? pledge on them. After collecting each line, students will end in Club 88 where there will be a candlelight vigil for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Students can then recite the pledge they have collected. Inside Club 88, there will be multiple resources with music and food. 

Newman Club Presents: PRIDE in our Faith Tradition
Wednesday, March 5, 
3:00 p.m. in Memorial Chapel
Come join Newman Club as we celebrate the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday service. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of believers as a celebration and reminder of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance. 

Asian Student Association presents: PRIDE of Asia
Thursday, March 6, 
2:00-4:00 pm in the Campus Courtyard
ASIA is comprised of a vast number of countries and cultures. Each has their own distinctive flag that symbolizes their pride as a nation. The Asian Student Association will seek to share facts about these different countries and their flags with the Whittier College community in hopes to promote a deeper understanding of the diversity and uniqueness of Asian culture.

Transgender, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Allies for Diversity Presents:
PRIDE in Creating Safe Zones for Our LGBTQ Community – Ally Training
Thursday, March 6, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Dezember House (LGBTQ 101) &
Thursday, March
6, 7:00-9:30 p.m. in Dezember
House (Safe Zone Training)
TOBGLAD offered various LGBTQ 101 sessions in February to create “LGBTQ Familiar” people on campus. They will offer one more LGBTQ 101 session on March 6. In addition, Safe Zone Training offers the opportunity to apply knowledge from LGBTQ 101 to practice as trained LGBTQ Allies. Spaces are filling up so please register by contacting Joy Hoffman at jhoffman@whittier.edu. LGBTQ 101 is a pre-requisite for Safe Zone Training unless you are already familiar with the curriculum.

Halo Halo Club presents: PRIDE in Spreading Knowledge
Tuesday, March 11,
 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in front of the CI
We often take $20 for granted in the United States. Halo Halo is going to demonstrate the power of $20 in the Philippines.

Hawaiian Islanders Club presents: PRIDE in the Spirit of Aloha
Wednesday, March 12, 
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in front of the Campus Inn
The pride of Hawai'i comes from our 'ono ("delicious" in Hawaiian) food and music. Gatherings of all sorts exhibit these staples, such as the melt-in-your-mouth "shave" ice as a way to bring people together, all in the spirit of Aloha. 

Students for Education Reform and Amigos Unidos present: PRIDE in our Heritage
Thursday, March 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Deihl
Precious Knowledge is a 2011 political documentary centered on the banning of the Mexican American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District of Arizona. It was directed by Ari Palos and produced by Eren Isabel McGinnis; both are founders of Dos Vatos Productions. The film follows the lives of four students and several teachers in the Mexican American Studies program at Tucson High School. It follows the progression of local legislature put into place by the Arizona Department of Education Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne in order to ban the Mexican American Studies programs in the Tucson Unified School District. The film was awarded the Premio Mesquite for Best Documentary at the Cine Festival at the Guadalupe Cultural Art Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Black Student Union presents: PRIDE in Who We Are
Wednesday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. in Hoover 101
Why does stereotyping occur so often? The Black Student Union is screening Fruitvale Station, based on a true story and a Sundance Film Festival award winner. This film highlights the stereotypes society places on African American men. After the screening, we will host a discussion about stereotypes in general and how different types of people are put into boxes. We will also discuss how to address stereotyping and behaviors that marginalize. We want participants to walk away knowing they can be proud of who they are, no matter what society thinks.

Mid-East Connections presents: PRIDE in Our Shimmy
Thursday, March 27, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
 in Club 88
Want to learn how to shake it? Then come to our belly-dancing workshop in the dance room, and get ready for an INTENSE workout! The Mid-East Connections club will teach the essentials of belly dancing. This includes moves such as a shimmy, a box, and an omi. We will be dancing from hip hop to traditional dancing music to table. The art of belly dancing can help the inner you come out.

Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán Presents: PRIDE in Being a Donor
Thursday, March 27, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Villalobos
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. More than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day. The Red Cross provides blood for patients in nearly 3,000 hospitals across the U.S. One donation can help save the lives of up to three people. Present estimates indicate that less than 4% of Hispanics are blood donors, but the need for Hispanic blood donors has been increasing. Latinos are more likely than the average American to have Type O blood, the type blood banks value most because so many patients can use it.

Jewish Student Union presents: PRIDE in Purim
Sunday, March 30, 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Courtyard
Come celebrate Purim with JSU! We will have a reading of the Megillah. This story exemplifies Jewish pride because of how one single man (Mordechai) worked to save the Jews. We are proud that the Jews were stronger than the force against them. We will serve Purim food and host Purim games, and people can come in costumes as is traditional for Purim (costumes are optional - any costume is fine, just nothing too revealing).

Christian Poets presents: PRIDE in The Word
Thursday, April 3,
 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. in Club 88
Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Christian Poets present The First Verse: Whittier College's inaugural Christian spoken word event. Bringing you poetry from a passionate sub-culture within the Christian community. "In the beginning was the Word."