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    Poets Learning Beyond the Classroom

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Meet the Class of 2016

The Whittier College class of 2016 included leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, and future medical practitioners who are now on their way to prestigious graduate programs and are ready to take the professional world. Here's a sample of the outstanding Poets of 2016. 

The World As Your Classroom: Five Whittier Summer Study Abroad Courses

Greece, Study AbroadSummer is a peak time for vacation travel for Whittier College students and it's also a peak learning time for Poets. Study abroad opens Whittier students to world views, value systems, codes of behavior, religious systems and uses of symbolic language that challenge them to rethink their own world view and preconceptions.

Alumna Takes Part in Security Summit in Nigeria

Erin Clancy, Class of 2007Alumna and U.S. Foreign Affairs Officer Erin Clancy ’07 traveled to Nigeria earlier this month as part of the U.S. delegation that took part of the second Regional Security Summit.

Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken led the U.S. delegation at the summit and delivered the U.S. national statement and later met with senior leaders to discuss efforts to support Nigeria and the other Lake Chad Basin countries in the fight against Boko Haram.

Donnelly Awarded 2016 O. Henry Prize

Joe Donnelly, O. Henry PrizeJoe Donnelly, visiting assistant professor of journalism and new media at Whittier College, has been awarded a prestigious 2016 O. Henry Prize for his short story “Bonus Baby.” The O. Henry Prize recognizes 20 of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines in the U.S. and Canada. The award-winning stories will appear this September in an Anchor Books anthology edited by Laura Furman.

Whittier College appoints Kieron Miller as Vice President for Enrollment

Kieron Miller​Kieron Miller has been appointed to vice president for enrollment for Whittier College. Prior to his appointment, Miller served as director of admission at the College since 2003 and has worked at Whittier for nearly two decades. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing the admissions and financial aid offices and operations. Miller will assume the new role in June.

Poet Heading to Washington for Congressional Internship

Luz Castro, Congressional InternshipLuz Castro ’17, a first-generation student majoring in Spanish and political science, is headed to Washington, D.C. this summer where she will participate in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's (CHCI) Internship Program.  CHCI aims to educate, empower, and connect Latino students in order encourage them to make meaningful impact on their communities as leaders. 

Meet the Class of 2016: Xochitl Ramirez

Xochitl Ramirez, Class of 2016​While at Whittier Xochitl Ramirez, a senior majoring in Spanish and business, wrote her own screenplay, interned for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and led M.E.Ch.A. to be one of the best student organizations on campus.


Spanish and business with an emphasis in management and marketing


East Los Angeles

Meet the Class of 2016: Edwin Bennett

Edwin Bennett, Class of 2016Edwin Bennett, a senior majoring in biochemistry, has tutored children in math, presented at a biology academic conference, volunteered at local hospitals, and even found time to build homes in Mexico with Amor Ministries. Next Stop: UCLA's School of Dentistry on a full-tuition scholarship.




Yorba Linda, CA