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David H. Garcia

Assistant Dean

Garcia grew up in the agricultural fields of Eastern Washington. He attended Central Washington University and earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration. In 2006, he earned his master's degree in teaching and learning from Heritage University. He is now pursuing his doctorate at Gonzaga University in the interdisciplinary Leadership Studies Program. He writes about racism on university campuses and about creating organizational space for conversation and engagement. David has worked in public and private education for more than 10 years. In 2010, he became the youngest elected Latino public official in Yakima, Wash., serving on the Yakima School District Board of Directors.

Shawn Washington


Greetings, everyone! My name is Shawn Washington and I am excited to be the director of student diversity, equity and inclusion at Whitworth University. I've been working for five years in the higher education/multicultural affairs profession (I worked at a nearby university in Spokane before coming to Whitworth) with a sprinkle of experiences in marketing, radio, social services and sports/athletics. My life journey started in Anchorage, where I learned how important it is to live in a diverse world at an early age. That life lesson inspired me to major in sociology at Whitworth University, where I graduated in 2004. While at Whitworth, I was vice president of a cultural club, hosted a weekly campus radio show, and played football for the university's NCAA-affiliated team. I received my master's from Gonzaga University in sport & athletic administration, and currently am an Ed.D. student at Concordia University, in Portland. I have been married for 10 years to a lovely woman named Morgen (Whitworth alum; masters in teaching, '08) and we have two wonderful sons: Shawn (5) and Corey (2). My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." My favorite life quote is from Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?" My favorite parts of my job are listening, learning and finding ways to support the campus community with the awesome team in Hendrick Hall.

Lulú Gonzalez

Assistant Director

González, who hails from Guanajuato, Mexico, began her academic work at Whitworth University in 1996; she has taught Spanish for 15 years for Whitworth You can find usually find Lulú in the intercultural student center, where she enjoys supporting international students and under-represented populations so that they can have the tools to navigate college, build community and find success as well as enjoy a welcoming place in which they feel like they belong. In the IS, Lulú helps organize monthly cultural luncheons where students have the opportunity to share about their culture in a friendly environment – and where students, faculty and staff members share ideas and enjoy a taste of their country.

Lulu's favorite part of working in the ISC is the amazing opportunity it presents to interact with people from different backgrounds. In the ISC, people share life stories, experiences, and challenges that bring them together in an environment of trust. The ISC is another space where education of the mind and heart happens.

If you want to get to know Lulú better, she would love to have coffee or tea or share a workout with you!