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Shawn Washington

Acting Executive Director

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! 

Chelsea Annis

BUCS Bridge Coordinator

Hola! My name is Chelsea Annis, and I am thrilled to be the BUCS Bridge Coordinator at Whitworth University. My work is focused on helping first generation college students and underrepresented racial and ethnic people (UREP) succeed in their university programs at Whitworth. I work toward these goals through coordinating the BUCS Bridge pre-orientation program and overseeing the BUCS mentoring program. The pillars of focus in these programs are community building, college navigation and identity building.

I was born and raised in Spokane and obtained my B.A. from the University of Washington. I have four years of work experience in educational settings and a lifetime of travel experience! I love exploring new parts of the world and learning about different cultures. Being of mixed background (Honduran and American), I am bilingual in Spanish and English.

Favorite Bible verse: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

My favorite part of my job is spending quality time with students, having fun and getting to know them personally.

Purnima Karki

Program Assistant

Hello everyone! My name is Purnima Karki and I am the program assistant for the office of Student Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. I immigrated to the U.S. from Nepal in 2009 and have been living in Spokane ever since. I recently graduated from Whitworth with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in psychology. My job in the office is to assist my team with different programs and events. My favorite part of my job has been the opportunities to meet individuals from all backgrounds and assist them in whatever way necessary for them to succeed at Whitworth.