White ‘90 discusses his activist tendencies and many careers

Lily Jamaludin
Scarlet & Black

The credentials of David White ’90 are intimidating—National Executive Director of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Stanford Law School. He’s also a member of the Board of Directors of Volunteers of America in Los Angeles and is the chair of Grinnell College’s Board of Trustees. A search for “David White SAG” on the Internet even leads to pictures of White with Halle Berry and other stars from popular TV shows. It also leads to a curiously high number of pictures of actress Betty White, but that’s beside the point.

Rewind to 1990, the year that White graduated from Grinnell College. While still in college, White already demonstrated the vigor of an activist. In opposition to the stereotypes of the American jock, White was a football player who was also involved in the committee that established the Stonewall Resource Center (SRC) on the Grinnell Campus for LGBTQ issues. Moreover, White was the head of Concerned Black Students (CBS) for a time. His involvement was rather significant at the time, a precursor of things to come.

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