Co-curricular Programs at PLU, The Educational Program
The university’s mission is to “educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care - for other people, for their communities and for the earth.”
PLU 2010 uplifted the expectation that PLU will provide graduates who will give society the kinds of leaders and citizens it needs. The document contained aspirations for academic distinction and for an expanded co-curricular campus. Among the expectations for co-curricular programs articulated in the document are: a deep engagement with people, cultures, ideas and the environment, a rich array of opportunities to inquire into the human condition and the natural world, opportunities for experiential learning, leadership and service, programs that support students physically, emotionally, ethically and intellectually.
In addition, PLU aspires to educate the whole person - body, mind and spirit. A number of co-curricular offerings are designed with this end in mind.
Further, since the adoption of the Integrated Learning Objectives (ILOs) by the faculty in 1999, some co-curricular programs have been designed to provide out-of-classroom opportunities for students to advance their abilities in the five categories of the ILOs.
Over 80 student clubs and organizations exist that also contribute to the co-curricular programs on campus and include some music clubs.
Listed below is a sampling of co-curricular offerings designed to advance the PLU mission statement, PLU curriculum, PLU 2010 and the ILOs:
Music (e.g. Opera Club, Plutonic, Hertonic)
People & Cultures
Hong International Hall
First Year Students
First Year wings in residence halls
Rieke Peer Educators
MAP-Works Student Report
On the Road
South Puget Sound Diversity Partnership Conference/Consortium
Men Against Violence
Social Action and Leadership floor in Stuen
Tunnel of Oppression
Alternative Spring break trips
Relay for Life
Volunteer Center programs
Student Leadership Institute
unPLUg (energy conservation in residence halls)
Meaning & Purpose
Meant To Live
Faith & Reason Dialogues
Go See Do (student engagement)
Health & Wellness
Fitness Center programs
Know Ask Tell (suicide prevention)