Ortiz Programs


The Ortiz Programs, named after Martin Ortiz '48, seek to expand knowledge and awareness of Latinx culture, language, and history through 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 Latinx students. The program serves as a liaison between Latinx students, parents, alumni, community organizations, and the Whittier College community.

Annual Events

Orientation Session for Spanish-Speaking Families

Families and students attend a special orientation session in Spanish to learn about the history, mission, and values of Whittier College. Information is also provided about academic and career resources, financial aid, and other support services available to all students, with an emphasis on resources offered by the Ortiz Programs.


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/Latinx 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

Day of the Dead Celebration is an annual cultural event held in November to remember and honor those who have passed. This program is a collaboration between MEChA and the OEI.

Brindis Navideño

A Latin American tradition, celebrated during the weeks before Christmas, which brings our community together. In addition, we give back to our community by collecting donations such as clothing, toys, and toiletries for the homeless. Guests enjoy Villancicos de Navidad (Christmas carols in Spanish), traditional performances, as well as delicious treats made for the occasion. This event is a collaboration with MEChA and the OEI. 

Latino Graduate Celebration

The Latino Graduate Celebration is a bilingual and intimate celebration where family, friends, and community members come together to highlight the achievements of our graduation seniors and honor students' personal success in the spirit and traditions of the Latinx culture.