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Ayaka DohiAyaka Dohi


Hello! My name is Ayaka Dohi, and I have the privilege to serve as director of student diversity, equity & inclusion. I have worked at Whitworth since 2015 and love this great community.

I am a first-generation immigrant from Japan and the Philippines. I grew up in California and moved to Spokane to become the first member in my family to attend college. I studied sociology and women’s & gender studies in my undergraduate career. I am passionate about education, activism, the outdoors and animals. I live with four cats and a dog! I am inspired by my mother, who sacrificed so much to provide her children with a better life in the U.S., and by the students I have the honor of working with. The best part about my job is having the privilege to help students achieve their academic and professional goals and help them discover their potential and their most authentic selves.

My favorite Bible quote is Micah 6:8: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Marina DavisMarina Davis

Coordinator, Building Unity & Cultivating Success (BUCS) Bridge Program 

Hello, my name is Marina Davis. I am honored to be the BUCS Bridge Coordinator and thrilled for the opportunity to serve the Whitworth community by helping students achieve success.

I was born and raised in Eastern Europe, where I was a first-generation student. Later I moved to the United States and got my B.A. in human services with a major in counseling from Whitworth University and I am currently in the master's program for school counseling.


Kendra GuttridgeKendra Guttridge

Coordinator, Multicultural Leadership Program

Hi! My name is Kendra Guttridge, and I am the coordinator of the multicultural leadership program. I graduated from Whitworth, so I am grateful to get to remain an active part of the community in this role. I studied sociology because I care deeply about how we relate to one another in this world; a significant part of that is understanding how we are shaped by where we come from. I have a mixed racial background and I never felt like I could really claim either side of myself, but my time at college helped me place my identity and know that I do belong. It is an honor to be able to walk alongside students as they navigate the complexities of the higher education context in light of their own stories. 

Brett Mackenzie

Coordinator, International Student Programs

Hi, my name is Brett Mackenzie, and I am blessed to work as the coordinator for international student programs. I started working at Whitworth in 2023. I am from Spokane and attended Northwest Christian High School. I graduated high school in 2018 and moved down to Phoenix, Ariz., to continue my studies at Grand Canyon University (GCU) where I also had the privilege to play baseball for the school. I graduated from GCU with a degree in elementary education in 2022 and taught fourth grade after graduating. After the school year, I decided to come back to Spokane and continue working with students but in a different capacity – at Whitworth University! My goal is to help each student feel cared for and feel like they can achieve the goals and aspirations that they have. I am blessed to work with some amazing students and staff. 

My favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9, and it says, “Have I not commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”