Lunch for Emeriti Faculty and Honored Staff
Date: 11:30am PDT March 25 Location: Templeton Campus Center
Templeton Campus Center
You are cordially invited to join fellow emeriti faculty, honored staff, and friends for a special event to reconnect with each other and Lewis & Clark.
Tuesday, March 25, 11:30 a.m.
Stamm Dining Room in Templeton
Featured speaker: Valerie Craigwell-White, Lewis & Clark Ombudsperson with an extraordinary life story, An American Story–The Arc of US American History Across One Black Family.
To register, please fill out a brief form here or call the office of Alumni and Parent Programs at 503.768.7950.
More on the Speaker
Valerie came to Lewis & Clark in 2008 to serve as the first L&C ombudsperson. The ombuds serves as an information and communication resource, consultant, and catalyst for institutional change without disclosing confidential communications.The office is available to assist faculty, staff, students, and other community members who seek guidance in addressing the range of issues that can occur in a college community.
Valerie is a TCK (third-culture-kid), meaning she grew up in many different cultures. Her father, Col. Ernest Craigwell Jr., was a decorated Air Force pilot and a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American combat pilots and air personnel group. Being a military family, the Craigwell-Whites moved around a lot. Valerie counts going to 13 schools before enrolling in Whitman College in Walla Walla.
Of her time at Lewis & Clark, Valerie says, “I’ve spent my entire career looking for ways to help people work together and be whole. Helping students learn is our organizing principle at Lewis & Clark. It’s why we’re all here. My work represents anything I can do to help that. I’m interested in contributing however I can, but particularly by emphasizing open and respectful communication.”