The Diversity Center

Rieke Scholars

The Rieke Leadership Award was established in 1988 by President William O. Rieke to reaffirm the university's commitment to inclusiveness and diversity. Recipients of the award are men and women of any ethnic background who demonstrate their leadership in promoting social justice, equity, and  racial and ethnic diversity at Pacific Lutheran University and beyond.  PLU recognizes the contributions such leaders make in our society by awarding them gifts up to $4,000 to support their pursuit of higher education.  Recipient of the award are expected to participate actively in curricular and co-curricular activities in a social justice and inclusion context.

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Track One- Diversity Center

Rieke Scholars will volunteer weekly in PLU's Diversity Center.  There is an expected time commitment of three hours per week for the academic year, which is structured around self-exploration around issues of social justice and diversity.  Hours will be checked at the end of each semester.  Through involvement in the DIversity Center, Scholars will enrich the fabric of university while increasing their own leadership skills. 

Track Two- Word Up! Facilitator

Word Up! facilitators strive to engage PLU students in dialogues about the fundamental components of identity and the dynamics of power and oppression in order to foster the development of social justice allies.  Word Up! facilitators must commit to 2 skills trainings an academic year; at least 3 Word Up! workshops per semester; and volunteer 2 hours per week in The Diversity Center.

Track Three - Rieke Leadership Fellow

In collaboration with the Director of The Diversity Center, Rieke Leadership Fellows work on a year-long project of their choosing that addresses issues of social justice and inclusion (e.g. eco-justice, health and wellness, Queer and ally identity formation). Projects must address a current need and/or issue on campus and have a tangible outcome (e.g. program, panel discussion, report) at the end of the academic year.

Track Four – International Peer Advisor

International Peer Advisors (IPA) will work with International Student Service. IPAs assist in development and implementation of Fall and Spring International Student Orientation. IPAs are also expected to develop and implement separate activity for international students beyond orientation and promote increased participation to existing on-campus programs among international students. During each semester, each IPA plans at least one on-campus or off-campus activity and invites new students to participate.  Each IPA will collaborate with the International Student Services Intern, Diversity Advocates and other student leaders to facilitate activities. Overall, IPAs are expected to be a role model for new international students and facilitate a positive transition process. To learn more about IPA position, please review this document.

Application Procedure

  1. Download a PDF copy of the Rieke Leadership Application
  2. Any full time undergraduate student with demonstrated leadership and/or active involvement in activities within a multi-ethnic context, is eligible to apply
  3. All applicants must submit an application form
  4. First time applicants must include two letters of reference from individuals who can provide an official evaluation of your leadership activities in a multi-ethnic context, such as teachers, professors, pastors, multi-ethnic community leaders, and/or guidance counselors
  5. Typed essays of 500 words or less
For more information and deadlines, please contact Angie Hambrick, Director - The Diversity Center, 253.535.8180, hambriaz@plu.edu