Diversity/Social Justice Co-Curricular Programs
Student Leadership Opportunities
• Diversity Advocates
• Rieke Scholars
• Rieke Peer Educators
• Act Six Scholars
• Students of Color Retreat
• Queer Student Retreat
• Student Leadership Institute
• Students of Color Union
Using Dr. Jamie Washington’s article, Social Justice in Higher Education: From Awareness to Action, we can see how the co-curriculum has multiple layers of what we have traditionally labeled diversity programs and services. However, all three terms used to describe difference, uniqueness, inclusivity, and justice have a place in our University’s initiatives.
According to Washington, the “[diversity] perspective sees people as individuals, rather than as members of groups with defined social identities.” The Diversity perspective states that we are all diverse – our multiple identities are unique to us and have an equal value, but usually is equated with race, specifically Black and White.
• Taste of Tacoma (dCenter)
• Student clubs and organizations focused on a specific racial or cultural group (e.g. Harmony, Asian Pacific Islander Club, International Student Club)
• Black History Month (dCenter)
• Latino Heritage Month (Latinos Unidos & dCenter)
• EXPLORE! (SIL)
Multiculturalism takes into account that although we are unique, we do have to acknowledge that we have different culture norms, values, culture, and context.
• Global Get Down (dCenter)
• Multicultural Night (dCenter)
• Fall and Spring Drag Shows (Harmony)
• Taste of Faith (dCenter/ASPLU)
• English Conversation Table (dCenter)
• Appetizers and Engaging Talk (dCenter)
Social Justice, according to Washington “engages all differences, while recognizing the elements of power and privilege.” Social Justice takes diversity and multiculturalism to the next level, asking how does your unique self (diversity) with all its cultural norms and contexts (multiculturalism) affect others. Social Justice encourages learning of self as well as learning about others. Social Justice also allows a broader definition of diversity to include other subordinate groups/social categories, such as queer (Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Bisexual), religion, socio-economic status, and citizenship.
• Privilege Series (dCenter)
• Social Action and Leadership Themed Living Community (dCenter and Residential Life)
• Queer Ally Network (dCenter & Women’s Center)
• Diversity Week (ASPLU and dCenter)
• Tim Wise Lecture (ASPLU, dCenter)
• Tunnel of Oppression (dCenter, SIL, and Residential Life)
• Spirit of Diversity Awards (dCenter)
• South Puget Sound Higher Education Diversity Partnership Institute
• Reflection Room (dCenter, ASPLU, & Campus Ministry)
• Word Up! Intergroup Dialogues for Social Justice and Equity (dCenter)
Washington, J.W. (2007). Social justice in higher education: From awareness to action. NASPA Leadership Exchange, 12-15.