Diversity Center Alumni

The 2016 – 2017 academic year marks the 15th Anniversary of The Diversity Center.  Whether or not you were a student when the dCenter was established, our values of critical reflection, perspective taking and community resonate with a wide range of alumni who believe in our mission.  Please join us as we celebrate our continued efforts  as collective voices of resistance and change.

October 14. 2016 | Scandinavian Cultural Center 

Is there a PLU faculty member who has made an impact on your time at PLU?  All Diversity Center Alumni and students are invited to join The Diversity Center in thanking those faculty who have supported their growth and success.  RSVP and share the name of the faculty you would like to recognize by Sep 27th.

J-Term 2017 | PLU & Online Hangouts

Reading and processing together is something that PLU does well.  Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to join the 3rd annual J-Term Book Group, dialoguing about perspectives of a social justice text.  Groups online or in person to share, affirm, and challenge concepts, reflect how the book connects with our current social landscape, and dialogue about how they impact our Lute community.  

This year we have chosen to read Black Girl Dangerous by Mia McKenzie which discusses topics of queerness, POC, and gender.  Alumni are invited to participate in the JTerm book read through either in person or and online hangout forum.

February 17 – 20 | Oahu, Hawai’i

Save the Date!:The dCenter is excited to host our first Alumni Weekend in Hawai’i!  We hope this weekend will allow all of us to (Re)Connect with our dCenter family in Hawai’i and build new connections with PLU Alumni in Hawai’i.

Weekend Events

Friday, February 17

Alumni Happy Hour and Welcome
Dave & Busters Rooftop Outdoor Lounge
1030 Auahi Street, Honolulu 96814
5:00pm – 8:00pm

A kick off for our Weekend – An opportunity for Alumni and their families to connect and network.

*Cost:  $20 per person (includes appetizers.)

Saturday, February 18

Iolani Palace Group Tour
364 S King Street, Honolulu 96813
10:00am – 11:30am

(Re)Discover the history of Hawai’i’s at the official residence of the Hawai’ian monarchy, King Kalakaua and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani.  


Potluck Picnic 
Ala Moana Beach Park
12:30pm – 3:00pm

Everyone is welcome for sand, sun, and sea as we share a meal at the beautiful Ala Moana Beach.

*Cost:  $10 (includes lunch and beverages).  Please feel free to bring food and other beach items (towels, chairs, tents, games) to share!

Paradise Cove

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of fun activities, delicious island cuisine, and spectacular entertainment.

*Cost:  $100 (includes entrance fee and transportation.)

Sunday, February 19

Waianu Farm Service Project
Waiahole, Oahu

The Waianu Farm is family owned operation and practices traditional Hawaiian farming practices.  Paul Reppun and his brother were on the frontline of fighting for water rights for traditional Hawaiian farmers after water was siphoned to the other side of the island to support the sugar industry.  Service will include working in the lo’i.

*Cost:  FREE!  Make sure you wear clothes that can get dirty!

Connection Event
Location TBD
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Connect with President Thomas Krise and Mrs. Patty Krise as well as with perspective Lutes!  Share your experiences at PLU with perspective students and their families as we conclude our inaugural Alumni weekend.  Hors d’oeuvres dessert will be served.  Sponsored by Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations.

*Cost:  FREE!  

March 10, 2017 | Chris Knutzen Hall, Anderson University Center

Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive tool that seeks to creatively address social injustice. 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.  Learn more on the Tunnel of Oppression website.  

May 19 – 21, 2017 | Tacoma, WA

Celebrate the Spirit of Diversity Awards, reminisce about the good times in the dCenter over a meal with fellow Alumni, and have fun sharing your experiences with current dCenter students.   Inquiries can be sent to Angie Hambrick (hambriaz@plu.edu).

Weekend Events

Friday, May 19

Spirit of Diversity Awards
5:30 p.m.
Chris Knutzen Hall, Anderson University Center

The Diversity Center’s 14th Annual Spirit of Diversity awards recognizes students, faculty, and staff who are committed to excellence, diversity, social justice, and a sustainable world.

Karaoke at Bush Garden
8:30 p.m.
614 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104


Saturday, May 20

MIXXEDFIT with Nicole Jordan
Columbia Center

MIXXEDFIT® is a people-inspired fitness program that incorporates explosive movements and bootcamp toning.  Join us for an hour of intentional movement!

Meeting with The Collective
10:45 a.m.
Ness Family Lobby, Karen Hille Phillips

The Collective is a group of students that recognize the marginalization of identities who first came together by planning the PLUforMIZZoU protest.  They conceptualized a list of institutional priorities, very much in line with priorities articulated by UDC and other campus entities.  This is a time to meet with students from The Collective to better understand their goals and strategize ways for alumni to support justice-focused initiatives and goals.

Lunch at My Lil’ Cube Ramen
402 N Meridian Puyallup, WA 98371

Potluck Dinner
7 p.m.

Join us for a potluck dinner at Angie’s house.  Main dishes will be provided but we ask that you bring a side to share!

Sunday, May 21

Brunch at Pacific Grill
10:30 a.m.
1502 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

The only way to close out a successful weekend is with good food, a good cocktail, and great conversation with fabulous people!