The Ortiz Programs, named after Martin Ortiz (Whittier Class of 1948), seek to expand knowledge and awareness of Latino culture, language, and history though a variety of events and activities. The Ortiz Programs provide academic and career resources, as well as financial aid guidance and overall emotional support, primarily to first-generation Latino students. The program serves as a liaison between Latino students, parents, alumni, community organizations and the Whittier College community.
Orientation Session for Spanish Speaking Parents: Parents and students are invited to attend a special session to learn about the history, mission and values of Whittier College. Information will be provided on academic and career resources, financial aid and other support serivices available to all students, with an emphasis on resources offered by the Ortiz Programs.
Tardeada: A yearly warm welcome to our new and returning students, their families, alumni, faculty, and friends of the College and a celebration of our Hispanic culture with traditional food, music, and dances from Latin America.
Hispanic Heritage Month: A yearly celebration of the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Día de los Muertos: Celebrate and honor our ancestors by participating in the "Sugar Skulls" workshop and "Day of the Dead" altar.
Brindis Navideño: This Latin American tradition, celebrated during the weeks before Christmas, brings our community together to recognize the hard work of the Hispanic Student Association. In addition, we give back to our community by collecting blankets and toiletries for the homeless. Our guests enjoy singing Villancicos de Navidad (Christmas Carols in Spanish) and traditional performances as well as delicious treats made especially for this occasion.
Latino Graduate Celebration: An intimate event hosted by the Hispanic Student Association to highlight the achievements of our graduating seniors. This event, celebrated at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, brings together students, families, faculty, alumni, and friends to recognize all those who contributed to our students' success.