Atavia Whitfield

Atavia Whitfield

Class Year: 2006
Current City/State: Tulsa, OK
Major: Psychology
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Why I Wanted to Serve on the Alumni Council:

Grinnell College is a special place. For me, the learning environment encouraged a new way of thinking, engaging, and being which has guided my professional growth. As a member of the Alumni Council, I want to help expand access to transformative opportunities for students through mentorship with the alumni community. I am excited to make meaningful contributions to an institution that is shown an unwavering commitment to service. 

A Quote I Like:

“The practice of love is the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination.”

—Bell Hooks

A Little Bit About Me:

As an administrator at a social work school, I constantly use my social work training to engage with our students and community partners. I am passionate about effective leadership, mindfulness, and all forms of justice. I am unapologetically adventurous at heart. As a Chicago native, house music gets me dancing every time. Paris, my fur baby, makes sure I take breaks throughout the work day. I have a deep appreciation for Grinnell and the amazing people it attracts.

Other Alumni Involvement: Regional Planning Committee