Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Whitworth to celebrate opening of new Intercultural Student Center



Who: Whitworth International and Intercultural Student Affairs, the International Education Center and Off-Campus Studies

What: Grand opening of the Intercultural Student Center

When: Thursday, Sept. 9, at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Hendrick Hall at Whitworth University

Cost: Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call (509) 777-4572.


Whitworth will celebrate the grand opening of its new Intercultural Student Center with an open house and reception. Student leaders will be on hand to answer questions, the Associated Students of Whitworth University Multicultural Advisory Committee will share information about ethnic student clubs on campus, and the International Education Center and Off-Campus Studies will provide informational materials about Whitworth's study-abroad programs. Photos submitted to the 2010 Spring Student Photography Contest will be on display throughout the building.

The Intercultural Student Center, which is located in Hendrick Hall, just east of the Hixson Student Union Building, houses the Whitworth International and Intercultural Student Affairs Office, the International Education Center and Off-Campus Studies. The IISA office provides transition counseling and other assistance to international students and domestic underrepresented racial/ethnic student groups. The IEC handles international admissions and recruiting, exchange programs, and off-campus study programs.

Whitworth created the IEC to increase intercultural interactions on campus by providing a central place for faculty, staff and students, particularly those from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, to gather and discuss issues such as diversity at Whitworth. It also fosters collaboration among departments by bringing the university's various intercultural programs together under one roof.

"We look forward to using this new center to highlight and support more cultural activities on our Whitworth campus, and to continue participating and engaging in Spokane’s cultural and international communities," says Esther Louie, assistant dean of intercultural student affairs at Whitworth.

The Whitworth Intercultural Student Center's business hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Study hours will be overseen by student cultural-diversity advocates from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. Student clubs can reserve the seminar room in the center to hold meetings in the evenings as well. For scheduling, please send an e-mail to cstreepy@whitworth.edu.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,900 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Esther Louie, assistant dean of intercultural student affairs, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4572 or elouie@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.