What is the Alumni Discovery Project at Whitworth?
The Discovery Project is an initiative at Whitworth to engage proud alumni with some of our finest students in conversations about alums' Whitworth stories and about their lives since graduation. As an institution that values the education
of both mind and heart, we see this project as a perfect fit for engaging alumni and students in dialogue.
When did the Alumni Discovery Project begin at Whitworth?
In 2013. Since that time, our student ambassadors have interviewed nearly 1,100 alumni from every generation across the Western U.S.
Who is chosen to be interviewed?
Our hope is to interview a wide range of Whitworth alumni, and that may include you! Student ambassadors are hired from across the country, and we're matching those students with many of the alumni in their region. Currently, we're unable to
send students outside the U.S., but we hope to do so eventually. Alumni selected for the Discovery Project will receive a letter from Whitworth President Beck Taylor; also, a student ambassador in each selectee's region will call and email to
set up a convenient meeting time.
Why haven't I been invited to participate in an interview?
We hope to interview a cross-section of Whitworth alumni over the next several years. We're currently reaching out to alums in areas of highest concentration and in regions where many of our current students live during the summer.
What will the interviews cover?
The interview is a great chance to share your story! It will focus on your life since graduation, your memories of your alma mater, and your impressions of today's Whitworth. Students will have helpful questions to guide the conversation, and you'll have the opportunity to ask your ambassador about campus life
and the latest news from the university.
Does Whitworth really want to hear what I have to say?
Absolutely. Our ambassadors are aware that Whitworth alumni have all had different experiences – some positive, some negative. Because we believe that each alum's voice is important, we encourage you not to exclude yourself if you have
things to say that you think the university might not want to hear. It's our hope to learn from a wide range of alumni experiences.
Who will be conducting the interviews?
Current students will be hired to interview alumni during Whitworth's summer break. The rigorous application process allows us to select some of our best Whitworth students and to train them well to serve as our student ambassadors to alumni.
How long will the interviews be?
We anticipate the one-time interview will take an hour. We have asked student ambassadors to keep to that time frame in order to honor your time and theirs.
Where will the interviews take place?
Interviews will take place in a coffee shop, an office building, or another conveniently located professional and public location in each interviewee's area.
Will I be asked for money during the interview?
No. Our student ambassadors simply want to hear your stories.
Will the student ambassador read from or take notes during the interview?
Our student ambassadors were chosen for many reasons, not least of which are their excellent listening and communication skills, and they have had training in listening and retaining information. They will not be reading questions from a page,
nor will they be taking notes during your hour-long interview. They are there to have a conversation with you and will summarize the content of your meeting soon after the interview.
What will you do with the information from the interviews?
The information collected as part of the interviews will help strengthen the programs, services and communications we offer to alumni around the globe. The university is committed to learning how to care more effectively for its students and alumni as
a result of these interviews.
How can I prepare for my interview?
Simply come to the interview willing and ready to share your story. It would also be a good idea to be sure the university has your updated contact information on file so that we can get in touch with you. Easily update your information here.
I have a few more questions or comments about the Alumni Discovery Project. Whom may I contact?
Please contact Josh Cleveland, '01, assistant director of alumni & parent relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509.777.3732.