Alumna Perspective

"Though W&L has improved numerically in regards to racial and socioeconomic diversity, it continues to struggle deeply in terms of cultivating a school community where everyone feels celebrated, valued, and seen"


— Tran-Kim Senior, Reflecting on My Time at W&L

November 22, 2019

Name: Angela Delos Reyes

Class year: 2020

Majors: Computer Science and Studio Art

Hometown U.S.: Virginia Beach, VA

Hometown Philippines: Ibaan, Batangas

I’ve been leading the Filipino American History Month celebrations for the past 3 years with PAACE. I felt the need to share my culture on campus because not many people have heard about Filipino culture or have even met someone with roots tying back to the Philippines. Sadly, these events have had very low attendance (less than 10 people). On my pa...

November 22, 2019

Name: Gabe Nucup Worthington

Class year: 2023

Major: Undecided

Hometown: Mechanicsville

You said your grandfather was Filipino. Has that affected you in anyway or influenced you culturally?

He was in the navy so that’s how we ended up in Hampton. If I had to guess, that’s why most Filipinos ended up in Virginia through the military. He’s my only surviving grandfather so I had that obvious connection to him. He married interracially in the 60s so that went over great (haha). My grandma’s family was ok...

November 22, 2019

Name: Maria Luzaran

Class Year: 2023

Major: Tentatively Biochem

Hometown U.S.: Norfolk, VA

Hometown Philippines: Las Piñas City

What does it mean to you to be Filipino American?

It’s a balancing act because you want to appreciate and integrate into American culture but at the same time you want to maintain those close relationships with your friends and family back in the Philippines. Personally, I think it’s picking the best of both worlds: with my American side, I get to appreciate more independence...

November 22, 2019

Her story

I have 3 brothers and we were all born in the United States and my parents are both from the Philippines. They’re both physicians and they both came here to New York as part of their residency. My dad in particular was really depressed when he came here and wanted to go back [to the Philippines] but then that’s when Marcos declared martial law so he couldn’t go back and I think that was why they got married in residency and had 2 children in residency. And so I think a lot of it was to...

November 22, 2019

Name: Paolo Dionisio

Class: 2021

Major: Business Admin

Hometown: Sta. Rosa, Laguna


I was born and raised in the Philippines. I was first born in Quezon City and I lived in Manila until I was 6 then I moved to Silang, Cavite/Sta. Rosa, Laguna where I lived until I was 15. We moved because of pollution and because my parents thought that it’d be better to raise their children in a laid back and pollution free environment. After that, I went to boarding school in Japan for 10-12th grade and a...

November 22, 2019

Name: Sarah Concepcion

Class year: 2021

Major: Cognitive and Behavioral Science

Hometown: Richmond, VA


I’ll start with my ethnicity because people are very confused by me often times and I think that’s something I’ve talked to a lot of Filipinos about actually. I’m half German on my mom’s side and then my dad is from the Philippines. He moved here when he was 14 or 15 and his mom and dad had been kind of all over the place working internationally, and so he was raised by his grandma and th...

November 21, 2019

Name: Katie Evans

Class: 2022

Major: Cognitive and Behavioral Science & Politics

Hometown: Bryant, AR


My mom was born in the Philippines in Cebu and she and her family moved to the U.S. when she was about 10. She’s the youngest out of 7 brothers. My parents met while my dad was in the navy. After 10 years of being married, they had my twin and I in California. All of my mom’s family still lives in California in the Santa Barbara area. My dad moved us out to Arkansas when I was pretty young...

November 15, 2019

My relationship with Washington and Lee as an alum has been complicated. I’m grateful for so many things that came from my undergraduate experience at W&L but also feel incredible frustration and anger for what was lacking in my experience. I’ve spent much of the last 15 years as an alum putting my feelings on a far back burner and have avoided thinking too much about my feelings towards W&L because geographic distance from the university gave me an excuse to not engage. Now that I’ve returned t...

November 15, 2019

Sooner or later every Southern boy has got to 

deal with Robert E. Lee.  And you know what?

      He’s not easy to deal with.

Roy Blount, Jr

But that two-handed engine at the door,

Stands ready to smite once, and smite no more.

John Milton


For Christmas of my 18th year my mother gave me a bust of you—.     

you sat on the window ledge in my corner room in Lexington,

a centerpiece that along with the battle flag

hanging in the doorway gave evidence of my alleg...

November 15, 2019

On June 28, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will decide on the case for Dreamers. The term “Dreamers,” often refers to young undocumented people in the United States who have been granted temporary relief from deportation through the introduction of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The DREAM Act has gone through several iterations, and many undocumented people are now protected under the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program. Howe...

November 15, 2019


Dear Professor,

I know you mean well. 

I really do. 

I know you feel an immense pressure to please the class majority.  You don’t want to oppress a student’s freedom of speech; you want to create a safe-space for all.

However, how do you think I feel? 

Do you think I’m fine with listening to students proclaiming their support to a man who has attacked me and my community? 

The same man who has inspired an increase in hate crimes towards the Latinx community.  The same man who has emboldened some to sp...

November 15, 2019

Driving through Lexington, the last thing you see before turning onto W&L’s campus is bold text on a large banner: TRUMP PENCE 2016.

It was probably hung up by a “townie.” That’s what W&L students call Lexington residents. I learned the term during O-Week and picked it up just as quickly as “coop” or “VMIs” (pronounced “vee-mees.”) Not all Lexington residents are townies, of course. Professors and their families aren’t townies. The factory worker you run into at Kroger is a townie.

Before coming t...

November 15, 2019

Friday Underground, dubbed FUDG (fudge) opened on the very first Friday of the 2015-2016 academic year. For five years since that night, we’ve run the biggest, most consistent operation on-campus (sorry, Mock Con). This note is about who we are and what we do. This is about our passion.

Because we happen every single Friday, Friday Underground maintains a mythical status among the student body. We’ve always been here, and will continue to be here, but that’s not strictly true. Friday Underground...

November 15, 2019

I went to a formal during Winter Term last year. It was my first formal, and it was an overnight in Charlottesville. My date was a guy that I was friends with from my hall. The night was really, really good. I hesitate to say “perfect” in this scenario because I really didn’t have any expectations for it.

This formal came at a time early in my sobriety, and my date knew about this. He got a cigar for us to share because he still wanted me to be able to “participate in the debauchery.” About halfw...

November 4, 2019

This year W&L’s Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG) will be bringing Sex Week back to campus during the week of November 4th to the 8th. SHAG is a student-run organization dedicated to promoting a healthy, positive, and inclusive sexual culture on campus. Of course, healthy relationships mean different things to different people, and SHAG hopes to start these conversations about relationships, wellness, and culture in fun and intentional ways. 

Sex Week represents the culmination of th...

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