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
9|8: The Chocolate Trail
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
9|22: Topics on Tap - Volunteerism + Savior Complex
5:30pm – 7:00pm
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-hosted by the dCenter and Center for Gender Equity
9|30 - 11|18: iGroup: Exploring Race
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
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
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JTerm Book Group
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
1|18: Conversation with Carolina De Robertis
1|19-20: Diversity Leadership Sustainability
Fri 1/19 5:00pm-7:00pm
ACTIVISM & SOLIDARITY 101
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
FIELD TRIP! CHOOSE ONE
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.
March 26 - 31| Alternative Spring Break
Race and Gender in the Nation’s Capital
with Dr. Jennifer Smith and Angie Hambrick
TBD: iGroup: Exploring Gender
Fridays 4:00pm – 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. For 7 weeks in Spring 2017 we will be dialoguing about gender. To learn more about and to sign up visit the iGroup website. All students are invited to participate.