Assist. Campus Life Editor
Every year, Diversity Council and Social Justice Coalition plan events surrounding the diverse identities of Whittier College. The goal for this year’s week of events, titled Sites of Solidarity, is to create opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to celebrate, learn, and discuss diverse identities and intersectional topics while promoting action items beyond these spaces.
Originally, these events would occur under “Diverse Identities Week,” hosted by Diversity Council organizations, but, this year, Sites of Solidarity hopes to have student-led workshops and events that are not limited to Diversity Council Clubs. Organizers for Sites of Solidarity are looking to expand the week of events beyond students to include staff and faculty in helping create the space needed to have these conversations. With a focus on intersectionality, the events will be centered around how we can bring our identities and personal perspectives to the classroom and beyond.
Sites of Solidarity, a series of events held from Monday, May 3 to Friday, May 7, is planned in collaboration with Diversity Council members second-year Ashley Duenas and fourth-year Caitlyn Yamawaki, as well as Community Organizer Anica Falcone-Juengert. Various organizations across campus are coming together to host online events that are open to anybody.
The organizers for Sites of Solidarity strongly felt that the most important part of having this week-long event is to begin to create that space for the Whittier College community. The goal is to go beyond the students because we have the ability and resources to have these discussions already, and, instead, focus on how we can translate that to academia and our personal lives. The priority of Sites of Solidarity is to create a space of learning, healing, and refueling.
To kick off the week of events, the Office of Equity and Inclusion and Student Disability Services will be hosting a Spilling the Tea on Disability Identity at 12:30 p.m. PST. The Palmer Society will be hosting a Self-Defense Workshop on Monday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. PST as well. The Jewish Student Union has put together a Religious Affiliations Panel on Tuesday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m. PST. Wednesday has three different events to join in on! TOBGLAD has their Wellness in the LGBTQ+ Community at Whittier Panel at 5:00 p.m. PST. For a moment to unwind, join First Gen and Allies for Relax and Reflect at 7:00 p.m. PST. Afterward, at 8:00 p.m. PST, you can join the Social Work Council in Post Pandemic Transition. On Thursday, May 5, join CRU for Lectio Divina at 5:00 p.m. PST. Black Student Association and Afro-Fusion Dance Team have collaborated for a Game Night at 6:00 p.m. PST on Thursday as well. Later that night, you can join MEChA for Music Therapy Night at 7:00 p.m. PST. The last day of events, Friday, May 6, starts with Asian Student Association and their event Heightened Asian American Racism During COVID-19 and Social Media Activism at 3:30 p.m. PST. Food Recovery Network will be hosting a game of Jeopardy at 4:30 p.m. PST. At 5:30 p.m. PST, WLA put together It’s a Bloody Problem. Use this time and space to learn more about intersectionality and re-energize, right in time for finals!
Make sure to mark your calendars and join the diverse groups of Whittier College for Sites of Solidarity! For questions, concerns, or more information contact Diversity Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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