Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability (DJS)/Civic Engagement

Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability (DJS)/Civic Engagement Clubs and Organizations seek to create a safe, supportive, and diverse environment that challenges students to explore social justice issues and begin the work towards equity as engaged citizens on both local and global levels. These clubs and organizations are great for students that are interested in gaining an increased understanding of their cultural identities through reflection on value, want to learn more about basic concepts of social justice and are interested in learning how to create positive change at PLU, the greater Tacoma community, and beyond.

NameDescriptionAdvisorEmailMeeting Times
Active MindsActive Minds is a national group focused on “changing the conversation around mental health.” Our chapter will promote wellness through events, continuing education meetings, and opening the floor for students to talk about how they use self care for their own wellness. Please come join us in meetings and at events to help destigmatize mental health and promote wellness!Susan Pavuractiveminds@plu.edu
Asian Pacific Islanders Student Association (APISA)The Asian Pacific Islander Student Association (APISA) is a PLU DJS club that seeks to promote Asian and Pacific Islander cultures through cultural awareness and support within the PLU community to obtain unity through diversity. You do not need to be of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage to join our club. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning and supporting the API culture.Brandon Bruanapi@plu.eduEvery other Wednesday from 4 PM- 5 PM
Black Student Union PLU's Black Student Union seeks to provide a space for Black students, faculty, and staff to come together in community and solidarity, have a space to heal, and to celebrate our BLACK JOY. We look forward to sharing our joy, our struggles, and our ideas with those willing to listen.Teddy Wingobsu@plu.edu
GREAN (Grass Root Environmental Action Now) ClubGREAN, or Grass Roots Environmental Action Now, is a student club dedicated to all things that are green. The mission of the PLU student run club is to promote environmental awareness and action on campus and throughout the community. The group itself has helped organized campaigns such as Take Back the Tap, as well as the Smart Paper Campaign, an initiative to change the paper policy on campus to using post consumer recycled paper. Additionally, the club has been involved in many on-the-ground activities such as invasive species removals, and environmental activism events. Everyone is welcome!Kevin O'Briengrean@plu.eduEvery Tuesday from 6 PM- 7 PM
Latinx Unidos Latinx Unidos seeks to empower the Hispanic/Latinx student population for the purpose of providing scholarly support, culture awareness, social enrichment, and community outreach.Jess Cottonamigosu@plu.eduEvery Wednesday from 4 PM- 5 PM
LULAC PLU CouncilLULAC is the largest and oldest Latino Civil Rights organization in the country. It was started in 1929 to help Latinos in Texas organize and fight back against the many injustices facing brown Americans. LULAC uses the Justice System and civic representation to fight back against oppression and strives to make a better country for all people.Christopher EscobedoLULAC.org
Nā Hoaloha O Hawai'iNā Hoaloha O Hawai’i (NHOH) is a DJS club that seeks to promote the Aloha Spirit and the diverse cultures of Hawaii and its people through service projects, social activities, and our annual Lu'au. At Pacific Lutheran University, we hope to spread attitudes of aloha through service and leadership within the community and provide opportunities for students to socialize and be a part of a home-away-from-home. You do not need to be from Hawai'i to join our ohana ("family"). We welcome all those who are interested in being a part of our club.Brandon Bruanhawaii@plu.edu
Native Indigenous Student AssociationOur club offers a community on campus that prioritizes belonging for Indigenous students. We educate ourselves and our community on global indigenous cultures as a form of celebration and activism. We work towards providing a space to celebrate culture, heritage, and traditions with one another.Suzanne Crawford O'Brienmara.reese@plu.edu
Pacific Lutheran University Red Cross ClubThe PLU Red Cross Club works with the American Red Cross organization on projects to bring services to underserved communities and help improve disaster and emergency preparedness in our local area. This club serves as the main partner platform for all PLU students, staff, and faculty to help bring American Red Cross services to our campus and local communities.Richard Knowltonadam.toth@plu.edu
PrismPrism is a group dedicated to creating a safe and educational space for all queer, trans, and gender non-conforming students at Pacific Lutheran University. We encourage active discussion and fierce advocacy about the joys and issues that arise in the LGBTQ+ community. Our aim is to work in collaboration with the Diversity Center, Center for Gender Equity, other special interest groups, and any LGBTQ+ identified students.Kevin Andrewprismclub@plu.edu
Student Neurodiversity ClubThe Student Neurodiversity Club is for students of all neurodiversities. We are here for students who want to talk to other students about their own disabilities and for students to learn more about neurodiversity from other students. We are here to help each other with study groups and tips, discussion and events to help neurodiverse students find their way through college.Austin Beiermannsnc@plu.edu
Student Veteran's AssociationStudent Veterans Association assists veterans as they transition from military to campus life, and serves as an outreach mechanism between student veterans, school administrators and faculty, and the campus community. It is intended to create and promote a positive environment on campus that fosters academic success and encourages student veterans to achieve their personal academic goals, and to assist in removing obstacles to that success.Richard Knowltonsva@plu.edu