Asst. Campus Life Editor
Although this past semester significantly differed from any we have experienced, the community at Whittier College remains strong. This week, the Student Life Division is offering events to provide support for students. Various offices and groups across campus are partnering for a week’s worth of events to aid members of the Whittier College family. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being observed with the campus office closing for the day. “The Division of Student Life wanted to create events, spaces, and opportunities for students to feel supported, have opportunities for community, and participate in the Inauguration events next week.” said Associate Dean for Student Life Deanna Merino-Contino.
Tuesday, January 19
The events kick off on Tuesday, Jan. 19 for an Inauguration Preview. The preview is being held at 5:00 p.m. PST by the Office of Student Engagement, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Whittier College Votes, and Associated Students of Whittier College Senate. This event will provide information on what to expect at the Presidential Inauguration, teach more about its history, and provide resources on how to be an active member of your community. The link to RSVP to the event is here on Engage.
Wednesday, January 20
The Counseling Center dedicates itself to helping students navigate their college experience while tending to their mental health. Let’s Talk is a reoccurring Counseling Center event that provides virtual mental health consultations for Whittier College students. They will be having consultations from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST. The consultations last 10 – 25 minutes and will provide you with further information, help, and resources. To connect with the Counseling Center, check in virtually by calling 562.907.4239.
The Office of Student Engagement and Whittier College Votes will be hosting a Presidential Inauguration Watch Party. On Jan. 20, the country will come together and watch as President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn into office. The watch party will take place virtually while many of us tune in from our homes.
Student Life will be conducting Open Student Hours where you can drop in and chat with Student Life staff. This event will be from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PST and will continue until Jan. 22. You can set up a meeting time with the staff between now and then.
Thursday, January 21
Open Student Hours with Student Life will continue into today, so make sure to set up your appointments to speak with members of the staff!
The Counseling Center is continuing to aid students with stress management by hosting a Navigating Stress Group event from 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. PST; if you’re interested in attending, click here.
The Office of Equity and Inclusion, Office of Student Engagement, and Community, Affirmation, Resilience, Empowerment (C.A.R.E) Team are putting together an event to break down the previous day’s events with their Post-Inauguration Day Program. The program will be from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. PST. Join the Zoom meeting here., or use the meeting ID — 927 2289 4753 — to attend.
For some fun destressing, come join WCTheRock and the CARE team in BYOP: Bring Your Own Pet! In this event, you can log in to Zoom from the comfort of your home and bring your animal companion (or a photo of them). BYOP will be from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. PST. Join the Zoom meeting here, or use the following information to log in:
Meeting ID: 884 2720 8186
The Counseling Center is continuing to host its brief consultations with Let’s Talk on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST. Check in virtually with the Counseling Center by calling 562.907.4239.
Friday, January 22
Open Student Hours are continuing into Friday. Make your voices heard and set up a meeting with Student Life staff today.
Missing the friendly faces on campus? We are too! Luckily, WCTheRock and the CARE Team are hosting a Poet Hangout and Community Time from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. PST. Join the Zoom meeting here!
Let’s Talk short virtual consultations with the Counseling Center will be hosted from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. PST. Call the Counseling Center at 562.907.4239 to check in.
Student staff and faculty are working hard to keep morale on campus high. “We partnered with WCTheRock on two programs, Bring Your Own Pet and the POET community hangout to provide a space for students to be in community with each and connect,” Merino-Contino said. If you are feeling overwhelmed by current events, check in with your fellow community members and be an active participant.
Featured Photo Courtesy of Emerson Little / Quaker Campus