PLU alum returns to Namibia to research infections and teach marimba
Biology major Elizabeth Larios ’21 was awarded a Fullbright scholarship for her work in Namibia. When she was in fourth grade, Larios wanted to be a neurosurgeon. That’s when her class took a field trip to a science museum and Larios saw an exhibit about…
Get involved with PLU Clubs
Campus life is about getting involved, building relationships, and taking advantage of what our campus community offers. Here’s a look at PLU’s 2022 Engagement Fair, where incoming Lutes met Lute leaders, signed up for clubs, and learned about Parkland community resources. Learn more at: plu.edu/clubs/club-list
PLU alum takes leadership role as Tacoma’s chief equity officer
As far back as middle school, others noticed Lisa Woods’ quiet strength and power of observation. “My demeanor is to listen, hear people and see people,” she says. “I’ve developed that over time, but I’ve always been the listener in the room and not necessarily…
PLU places second in National Science Foundation’s COVID-19 Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Challenge.
Pacific Lutheran University was named a winner in the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Taking Action: COVID-19 Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Challenge. PLU received a $15,000 prize for its work in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM.…
Despite pandemic challenges, transfer student finds community at PLU
Monya-Dawn Wilson ’22 is a DJS Fellow and Rieke Scholar who came to PLU as a transfer student. Wilson is a Biology major, and dreams of becoming a pediatrician. “I’ve always liked science and learning,” said Wilson. “I like learning about the body, learning about…
Sarah Saavedra ’22 shares her experience as a first-gen college student
Sarah Saavedra ’22 is a social work major with a minor in psychology and a certificate in Peace Corps Prep. The Auburn resident is the first in her family to go to college. She credits her many scholarships for navigating college as a first-year student.…
Makaela Whalen ’23 pursues newly launched pre-law minor
Makaela Whalen ’23 has a passion for the environment and animals. Her desire to find a meaningful vocation that feeds those passions resulted in her pursuing a degree in either environmental or animal law. “As long as I can remember, I knew I wanted to…
Meet some Rieke Scholars
PLU Rieke Scholars talk about what it’s like to advocate for diversity, social justice, and sustainability in their communities. Keep reading to learn more about the program and how you can become a Rieke Scholar.
Hear from ASPLU Leadership
ASPLU President Cece Chan ’23 and Vice President Naomi Atnafu ’23 share their experience of being the first women of color to lead PLU’s Associated Students of Pacific Lutheran University.
How to be a Lute: Diversity support groups and programs on campus
Mary Sarpong ’22 introduces you to different groups and programs on campus that support diversity.