Diversity Inclusion Timeline


Bette J. Dickerson, Ph.D. and Associate Professor of Sociology at American University, visits campus and conducts a series of workshops for students, staff and faculty.

Queer Student Retreat

The First Queer Student Retreat
 takes place.

The Tunnel of Oppression

The Diversity Center, Residential Life, and Student Involvement and Leadership sponsor the first Tunnel of Oppression.



The Kandel-Oleksak Scholarship  is established.

Pride Grant

The Women’s Center and Diversity Center receive first Pride Grant, building capacity for supporting Queer student retention and persistence.

Reflection Room

First Interfaith prayer and meditation space, Reflection Room, established by The Diversity Center.


Desmond Tutu

PLU partners with Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to bring South African human rights activist, Desmond Tutu to the Tacoma Dome for “Be The Spark” event.

Community Service Challenge

PLU joins President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.


Queer Prom

In collaboration with Oasis Youth Center, The Diversity Center hosts the first Queer Prom.

Bystander Coalition

The Women’s Center and the Bystander Coalition begin training all student-athletes annually in bystander basics.


First in the Family RLC

First in the Family Residential Learning Community (RLC) for first-generation identified students established.

Gender-neutral housing

Residence Hall Congress approves gender-neutral housing proposal.


First RLC with linked course

First in the Family Residential Learning Community becomes first RLC at PLU to have “linked courses.”

University Conference

Dr. Carolyn Finney attends University Fall Conference.

Provost appoints committee on DJS

Provost Steve Starkovich appoints the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, Justice and Sustainability to provide recommendations to the campus community on how best to achieve a diverse, just and sustainable campus.

PLU for Ferguson

The Diversity Center, Women’s Center and Center for Community Engagement and Service co-host PLU for Ferguson in the Scandinavian Cultural Center of the Anderson University Center to provide a place of healing and dialogue after the protests in Ferguson, Mo.



Coordinator of Sustainability Integration is hired in the Diversity Center.

University Conference

Dr. Robin DiAngelo presents at University Fall Conference.

Gender Inclusive restrooms

The Women’s Center creates map of Gender Inclusive restrooms on campus.

Gender Reconciliation Retreat

Women’s Center hosts first Gender Reconciliation Retreat.