Whittier College News Release
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608-0634
July 16, 2003
Reference: 2003-04: 2
Contact: Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 907-4974
Whittier College Receives $350,000 Diversity Grant
Whittier College has been
awarded $350,000 by the James Irvine Foundation as part of that organization’s
Campus Diversity Initiative, according to Katherine Haley Will, Whittier’s
president. Over the next three years, the funds will be used to increase faculty
diversity, transform curricular and co-curricular programs and improve academic
success among underrepresented students.
Will said the grant will
be used for “incentive grants to faculty and staff to infuse multicultural
learning outcomes into new and revised curricular and student life
strategic-planning initiatives; recruit and hire Irvine Fellows in Residence to
diversify the faculty; and create and implement residential ‘communities of
engagement’ to bridge curricular and co-curricular education, improve retention
and emphasize diversity.”
associate dean of students and director of the Cultural Center, will serve as
project director as the grant is implemented. According to Tambascia, Whittier
will create “residential communities of engagement in its residence halls for
first-year students,” with curriculum addressing social justice, diversity and
urban issues. “The program will involve some type of shared-living environment
and programming such as service projects or field trips,” Tambascia said. Each
residential community will be directed by one faculty member and one staff
member or administrator.
The Irvine Fellows in
Residence will bring visiting scholars from historically under-represented
backgrounds to campus to teach at Whittier.
Located 18 miles east of
Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering
traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in
the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the
American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law
Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.