Campus Life Editor
Various offices around the Whittier College campus provide resources, support, and aid to students. If you are new to our College community, it might be confusing to figure out who to go to when you need help. This guide will help you figure out what is best for your needs, and showcase the resources our community has to offer!
The Center for Advising and Academic Success
The Center for Advising and Academic Success (CAAS) supports students academically and empowers them to become successful learners. CAAS offers guidance for students in exploring majors and academic interests, navigating academic policies, and developing a learning plan to improve academic performance. Throughout the school year, CAAS offers workshops and events to offer assistance in education and career pathing. First-year students should definitely take advantage of the workshops offered, as it sets a good foundation for your next few years here at Whittier.
CAAS also has programs to help student athletes balance their academics with their athletics. Student athletes can participate in peer mentoring programs that meet weekly to discuss best practices and ways to be successful in balancing academics. Tutoring is available to all students and taught in most subjects. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome if a tutor is available. Every year, CAAS releases a tutoring schedule in which you can see what subjects have tutors that can most benefit you.
The Center for Advising and Academic Success is located on the ground floor of Wardman Library, and anyone can contact them at email@example.com.
The Office of Equity and Inclusion
The Office of Equity and Inclusion manages many events and resources dedicated to our diverse population. They also oversee two student organizations: Diversity Council (DC) and the Social Justice Coalition (SJC). Through events, programs, and activities, DC promotes diversity, learning, culture, human rights, and social justice in our community. Some clubs that fall under Diversity Council’s umbrella include Asian Student Association, Black Student Association, United Indigenous Peoples and Nations, TOBGLAD, and more! Social Justice Coalition is an alliance of student groups that are dedicated to servicing and advocating for equity and empowerment. The Social Justice Coalition clubs include American Red Cross, Rotaract Club, and Food Recovery Network. SJC also hosts Social Justice Week, an annual event hosted by the clubs and organizations that brings awareness and promotes social, economic, and environmental justice within the College community.
The Office of Equity and Inclusion also hosts events in collaboration with other offices on campus, such as the Intersectional Poetry Slam. If you are a new student, make sure to look into the Cultural Graduate Celebrations that happen at the end of Spring. The OEI hosts these celebrations to bring folks together to celebrate and be inspired by the achievements, perseverance, and success of the underrepresented student groups on campus. You can also find resources for undocumented students. Whittier College and the Board of Trustees are dedicated to assisting undocumented students and have pledged to provide assistance.
The OEI is located at Campus Center, Building B – First Floor, Office 163. If you have any questions about the Office of Equity and Inclusion, you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Disability Services
Student Disability Services is an office that is committed to ensuring equal treatment, educational opportunity, academic freedom, and human dignity for students with disabilities. SDS is committed to providing accommodations, assisting students in self-advocacy, assisting in transitions out of Whittier, providing academic support and counseling, educating the community about disabilities, and ensuring legal compliance with state and federal law.
Student Disability Services helps students approve and arrange accommodations for an equitable college experience. The list of accommodations provided to students includes testing, classroom, and more. Testing accommodations could look like extended time for exams, use of a computer or assistive technology, or a reduced-distraction testing environment. Classroom accommodations can be provided with notetakers, printed material in an electronic or alternate format, permission to record lectures, use of a computer during class sessions, or attendance modifications. Other accommodations include on-campus housing requests, early registration, and structural access to facilities. If you need a specific accommodation that is not listed, you can contact SDS at email@example.com or visit the office located in Wardman Library – Room G003.
Student support can be found all over campus.
This is not an exhaustive list of all Whittier College has to offer. For any other assistance, you can contact the interim Dean of Students, Deanna Merino-Contino, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Image: Courtesy of the OEI