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Whitworth University Presents the Diversity Monologues

March 7, 2019
The Whitworth University Office of Student Diversity, Equity & Inclusion presents the fourth annual Diversity Monologues on March 12 at 7 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The Diversity Monologues is a program that showcases the stories of Whitworth students. Students, staff and faculty involved in the program have a common passion for fostering a community that nurtures and appreciates diverse identities. Staff and faculty offer support and mentorship to students in the program as the students create narratives to celebrate their identities and present opportunities for improving equity and inclusion.

This year, nine students will present short monologues addressing this question: How do you come to know freedom?

The Diversity Monologues scholar-in-residence and emcee will be Jamaica Osorio, Ph.D. Osorio is a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa political science faculty member with a focus on indigenous and Native Hawaiian politics.

Osorio earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She received a master's degree in arts politics at New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, where she graduated with honors from the comparative studies in race & ethnicity program.

Diversity Monologues collaborators include the Whitworth Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Speakers & Artists, the Composition Commons and the Whitworth Theatre Department.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Shawn Washington, acting executive director for student diversity, equity & inclusion, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4330 or

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or