Whittier College Names New Gender Equity Coordinator

September 9, 2020

Ann KakaliourasWhittier College has appointed a new leadership position to address gender equity on campus.

Ann Kakaliouras, associate professor of anthropology, was recently selected to be the College’s first gender equity coordinator. The appointment begins January 2021, and she will use her first months to build a set of goals and objectives that will meet the needs of the College community.

“Ann brings 15 years of experience at the College as well as a wealth of knowledge and skills regarding gender equity on college campuses to this new and exciting position,” said Bruce Smith, vice president and dean of students. “Ann and I are very excited about what we are building with regard to gender equity at Whittier.”

In 2019, the College committed to addressing gender inequity concerns within the community, with the guidance of the Associated Students of Whittier College. Last academic year, the Gender Equity Task Force convened to create a set of recommendations, as well as to discuss what role a Gender Equity Center could play on campus. The creation of the gender equity coordinator position was part of those recommendations.

The College will also appoint an assistant coordinator from among Whittier’s staff. They and Kakaliouras will then choose a student to serve as student coordinator.

Kakaliouras received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to Whittier, she served as an assistant professor of anthropology at Appalachian State University. At the College, she teaches courses in biological anthropology, archaeology, Native American studies, gender studies, science and technology studies, and theory in anthropology.