The Diversity Center

The Diversity Center enhances Pacific Lutheran University’s learning community while create active leaders by providing a supportive and inclusive space for dialogue.  Our open-door policy and team of dedicated advocates spark passions for advocacy, social justice, and building lasting and meaningful relationships.

11|17: Global Getdown

6:30pm – 8:30pm

An opportunity for the PLU community to embrace the rich diversity and culture of our community through performance.  Interested in performing?  Please let us know at by Nov 6.

9|8: The Chocolate Trail

1pm – 3pm
The Diversity Center

Follow the Chocolate Trail to visit The Diversity Center, Center for Gender Equity, Scandinavian Center, Center for Community Engagement and Service, Wild Hope Center for Vocation, Campus Ministry, and Wang Center and learn about ways to connect with these centers resources, programs, and their communities.

9|15-16 Students of Color Retreat

Camp Arnold, Eatonville WA

The SOC Retreat is a valuable space created for students of color to discuss issues of racism, intersectionality of identity, as well as forming community early in the academic year.

Sign up in The Diversity Center, $10 registration fee

9|22: Topics on Tap - Volunteerism + Savior Complex

5:30pm – 7:00pm
208 Garfield

Volunteerism + Savior Complex” How not to Service

This topic will address the savior complex that can exist when people, particularly those with privilege, volunteer to serve folks with marginalized identity. Specifically, we’ll address the do’s and don’ts of service and helping vs. serving. What does it mean to authentically engage in your community?

Co-hosted by the dCenter and the Center for Community Engagement and Service

9|29 - 9|30: Queer Student Retreat (QSR)

Location shared at registration

The QSR is a valuable space created for students who identify as LGBTQ to connect and have time to consider their own understandings of their sex, gender identity, gender presentation, and attraction, as well as forming community early in the academic year

For more information, contact

Co-hosted by the dCenter and Center for Gender Equity

9|30 - 11|18: iGroup: Exploring Race

iGroup Logo

Fridays 4pm – 5:30pm

PLU iGroup is an intergroup dialogue program inviting students to explore topics of identity formation, social systems, equity, and collaboration for positive change.  In Fall iGroup will be exploring race through dialogue.  To learn more about and to sign up visit the iGroup website.

10|14: Diversity Center's Family Appreciation

Scandinavian Cultural Center, AUC

In The Diversity Center, “Family” includes individuals in our familial unit (parents/partners/children, aunts/uncles/grandparents) and extends to those key support people core to our success  (coaches/mentors/teachers/best friends/colleagues/etc.).  In recognition of the family member’s who contribute greatly to our student’s success, The Diversity Center is hosting a special event of gratitude and celebration of these members of our extended community.

Is there a family member who has contributed to your success 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 information to follow.

11|7: Dia de los Muertos

AUC Upper Grey Area

Co-hosted with Latinx Unidos, this event is focused on celebrating those who have passed. Participants are invited to bring a photo or write a note to place on the altar. Students will be speaking about their experiences with Dia De Los Muertos. We also will be decorating sugar skulls to place upon the altar.


Additional Hispanic Herritage Month programs hosted by LU include:
Nov 5 : 11am – 5pm Excursion to TAM with Latinx Unidos
Nov 10: 6 – 9pm Celebration in the CAVE
For more information email

JTerm Book Group

Wednesdays, Various Times

Reading and processing together is something that PLU does well.  Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to join the 4th 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.

1|17: Land Use and Abuse



A part of the Rieke Leadership Series this workshop will focus on the rise and fall of civilization and how we can contribute to a more sustainable future with guest speaker Michael Dolan.

1|18: Conversation with Carolina De Robertis

10:00am – 11:00am

AUC 133

Join us in a conversation with Carolina De Robertis, author of this year’s JTerm book Radical Hope.

1|19-20: Diversity Leadership Sustainability

Sign up HERE

Fri 1/19 5:00pm-7:00pm



This workshop will be a brief survey of movement-building and activism. The goal is to prepare attendees for safe and thoughtful participation in organized protests and rallies that seek to shine a light on issues of oppression.

We will also pack brown bag lunches at this time for the following day’s events!

Sat 1/20 9:00am – 4:00pm


We meet at the CGE at 9am, We will leave by vans at 9:30am. You may choose to attend either the “WOMEN’S MARCH” in Olympia, or “THE MISSING & MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN” event in Seattle. PLU Staff will accompany both trips.

4|19: Online Activism

The CAVE, Anderson University Center

In collaboration with Earth and Diversity Week, the final Rieke Workshop of the 17-18 academic year will focus on online activism, staying connected with your communities. Click for more information about Earth and Diversity Week.

May 18| Spirit of Diversity Awards

Group of students posing for the camera

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Scandinavian Cultural Center, Anderson University Center

Join us for an opportunity to celebrate students, faculty, and staff who have contributed to the mission of The Diversity Center and greater PLU community through social justice leadership, learning, and care.

At SOD awards we recognize ALL graduating seniors who identify as Students of Color and/or Queer in a special ceremony. Graduating students who would like to be recognized in the SOC and/or Queer student ceremonies are asked to RSVP.  Visit the SoD website to RSVP and learn more about our 2018 award recipients.

Feb 13| Rieke Workshop

Never stop looking 

4pm-5pm, The CAVE

Join Diversity Advocates Marleisha and Hansol in a dialogue about vocation.

All welcome, required for Rieke Scholars

Feb 14| Garden Documentary


The dCenter

Join the dAdvocates for the PLU Community Garden in watching a documentary about food justice.  Snacks provided.

Feb 28| Garden Documentary


The dCenter

Join the dAdvocates for the PLU Community Garden in watching a documentary about food justice.  Snacks provided.

Wang Center Symposium Viewing Parties

Join The Diversity Center as we watch the three films connected with this years Wang Center Symposium – Migation

2|22 @ noon Los Lecheros (dCenter)

2|27 @ noon Los Lecheros (CAVE)

2|27 @ 3:30 A World of a Difference (dCenter)

2|28 @ 2pm Los Lecheros (Kreidler Lounge)

3|1 @ 3pm A World of a Difference (Kreidler Lounge)

3|2 I am Jane Doe (CAVE)

3|6 @ 1pm A World of a Difference (CAVE)

3|6 @ 4pm I am Jane Doe (Kreidler Lounge)

3|7 @ 1:45pm I am Jane Doe (dCenter)

March 3| DJS Institute


Asian Pacific Cultural Center 

Cultural Center

The DJC Leadership Institute will provide space off campus for conversation, sharing, and resources for ethical and effective advocacy and engagement on issues of diversity, justice, and sustainability.

March 11| Lake Hike

with Outdoor Rec

March 15| Intersectional Professionalism



Rieke Workshop

May 19| Kayaking

with Outdoor Rec

April 10| Lisa Wade

Scandinavian Cultural Center, AUC

In Lisa Wade’s newest book, American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus, is the definitive account of the sexual culture that dominates higher education. She’s spoken about hookup culture at dozens of colleges and universities of all kinds. Rising above misinformation and moralizing, she situates hookup culture within the history of sexuality, the evolution of higher education, and the unfinished feminist revolution. Attending to the wide diversity of student experiences, Lisa explains where we are and how we got here, asking “How do we go back?; Where do we go from here?