Department of Residential Life

Social Action Leadership Application

Social Action and Leadership Application


The The Social Action and Leadership (SAL) Community creates a safe, supportive, and diverse environment that challenges residents to explore social justice issues and begin the work towards equity as engaged global citizens. SAL promotes opportunities for students to challenge themselves to learn and act in ways that make a difference in the lives of others. The SAL community is an exciting opportunity to meet new people, learn about yourself, explore issues of injustice and serve as agents for change within your communities, both locally and globally.

SAL provides a location for all residents to begin exploring social justice issues with the hope that students will continue to engage in social justice work throughout their tenure at PLU and in their lives. SAL is a fantastic place for all who have a passion for working towards equity. Through active conversations and wing events, students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about current social justice issues and discuss ways to understand and make change. Students will be able to have a typical residence hall experience with the added value of relationships with faculty/staff and living in a community with an appreciation for the world of global issues. SAL offers an active living-learning environment, a great location and a welcoming community.

The SAL Community will be linked to several First Year Experience Program (FYEP) Writing 101 courses on the topic of social justice. During New Student Registration (in June), all first-year residents and commuters who have been accepted into this experience will sign up for one of these linked FYEP Writing 101 sections. Co-enrollment in linked FYEP Writing 101 courses is available for Fall semester only.

First year students are also welcome to join the returning SAL students in PLU iGroup. PLU iGroup is a multi-week intergroup dialogue program. that invites students to discuss topics such as social systems and identity, and work together to create action plans to enact positive social change within their communities. For 1-hour per week students will utilize personal story telling and examination of systems to better understand ourselves and each other in relation to concepts of race and to build lasting relationships.


NEW for Fall 2016, all first-year residents of SAL will be co-enrolled in one of the linked FYEP Writing 101 sections on the topic of social justice. Continuing residents will not have a linked course requirement, but will be encouraged to participate in the 2016-17 Intergroup (iGroup) Dialogue series.

Several spots are being held in the linked course sections for first-year commuter students to join the SAL Community. Commuter students who join this community will be required to attend certain co-curricular offerings as part of the linked course.


All residential students applying for housing in SAL will live in Stuen Hall and must complete a standard PLU housing application and the application below. First-year commuter students need only complete the application below to opt in.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until space is no longer available.  Incoming first-year students interested in linked course opportunity should apply as soon as possible. 

SAL Application Questions

Responses need not exceed more than 100 words and are limited to 200 words per question.

Housing Assignments

Residential Life staff will work to make assignments to the SAL wing. Assignments will be made from the pool of eligible applicants and be based on available space, the order in which a deposit was received, and your response to the questions above. We are looking for students who intentionally want to be a part of this community and are thoughtful in their responses.

For Additional Information

Nicole Gonzales
Resident Director for Ordal and Stuen Halls
PLU Residential Life
Phone: 253-535-8000

Application Submission

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