Dear Whittier College Community:
As the Executive Leadership of Whittier College, we recognize that we must transform our culture and create new opportunities for Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni to find a true sense of belonging at the College. Over the last two years, there has been a concerted effort to bring issues of equity and inclusion to the forefront at Whittier, but we acknowledge that more must be done.
This is a time for action. In order to achieve real transformation, we will embark on a strategic imperative for racial equity. As a community, we will address the institutional culture that permits incidents of bias, harassment, and microaggressions to go unchecked. Moreover, we will examine the impact of white privilege on our campus and begin to dismantle the assumptions and practices that maintain this system at Whittier College.
This plan for racial equity and justice will include actions and commitments at the institutional level, within all divisions on campus—academics, student life, athletics, finance, and advancement, and among all of our students, faculty, and staff.
As a College committed to racial justice and equity, we also serve those beyond our campus. We are a role model for the communities we serve. Our work reaches into communities in Los Angeles and the greater Southern California region that surrounds Whittier, and we should strive to set the example.
Addressing issues of racial justice and equity often elicits strong feelings and responses. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, please give us your feedback.
The Whittier College ethos promotes the building of a strong community of scholars, dedicated to pursuing knowledge that will be used to strengthen that community and to improve our global society. This starts at home, on our campus. The College will actively participate in challenging any forms of anti-Blackness that impacts our students. Institutional changes will be made. We will better educate and support our Black students. We will communicate regularly, via the College website, email, social media, and community meetings, on the progress of our work. We commit ourselves to fulfilling the anti-racist values within the Whittier College ethos.
Linda Oubré, Ed.D., MBA
President and Professor of Business Administration
Vice President for Advancement & Strategic Partnerships
Ana Lilia Barraza
Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Rock Carter '89
Executive Director of Athletics
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Executive Assistant to the President
sal johnston, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty
Associate Vice President, Human Resources & Organizational Development
Associate Vice President of Business Services & Controller
dAve iAn pAddy, Ph.D.
Chair, Faculty Executive Council Professor of English
Vice President for Enrollment
Bruce Smith, Ph.D.
Vice President and Dean of Students
Eva Sevcikova '03
Associate Vice President, Development