The Diversity Center

Spirit of Diversity Awards

Each year, The Diversity Center Staff have the opportunity to nominate faculty, administrators, staff, and students who have been especially visible, empowering, advocating and supportive to the cause of social justice on our campus and beyond for campus-wide recognition.  The Spirit of Diversity Awards are our way to say “Thanks” to members of our community who are committed to making the PLU environment welcoming and respectful for all of us.  

The Rick Eastman Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Rick Eastman, Pacific Lutheran University’s Associate Director of Student Involvement and Leadership (Emeritus) first came to us as the Assistant Director for the University Center and Campus Activities in 1977. Since then, he’s served several administrative and professional leadership positions on campus. Rick’ legacy comes not from his extensive resume from his career here at PLU. His real legacy takes in the form of the relationships he has built with students and staff throughout the years. They manifest through the impacts that he leaves on people. Each year, The dCenter honors staff or community members who embody the legacy of mentorship, advocacy, and care that Rick gave us.

The Vocation in Social Justice Award

In partnership with The Wild Hope Center for Vocation, The Diversity Center recognizes a graduating senior for their commitment to social justice and diversity on campus in the community.  Recipients of this award 

Outstanding Tunnel of Oppression Scene
The goal of the PLU Tunnel of Oppression is to raise awareness of issues of privilege and oppression by presenting scenes grounded in real-world, lived experiences and to provide space for dialogue and reflection on social justice issues.  The Diversity Center acknowledges clubs and organizations who create Tunnel scenes that creatively and visually depict a clear take-away message of the social injustice or issue they sought to portray.