Identity Programs & Communities
Students of Color
Programs, retreats, communities, and resources that center and celebrate Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color at PLU.
The Students of Color Retreat is for students who identify as students of color or non white identify students. This is a space to explore cultural conditioning around race, validate experiences pertaining to race and other intersecting identities and cultivate community.
The SOC Retreat is hosted annual in the fall and spring.
Sista* Circle strives to be a safe space for womxn, nonbinary, femme, and trans people of color by providing opportunities to discuss self-love, colorism, growth, and the challenges and joys of being us.
*In this space, we use sista instead of sister because too often sister means cis-ter. We are a space committed to inclusion and celebration of the diverging experiences of those who identify as womxn, trans, femme, or non-binary. #SisnotCis
Sista* Circle is hosted biweekly throughout the academic year.
Transitions to PLU (PLUS 100) – SOC are courses designed to be an exclusive space for incoming students of color to establish goals and develop a plan for success during their first year at PLU. This course is designed to identify and overcome unforeseen barriers in adjusting to college academic and social life. You will build community connections, academic support and personal wellness skills within the context of PLU values of diversity, justice and sustainability. This course is being instructed by Nicole Jordan who works in the Center for Gender Equity as the Coordinator. She/they is a PLU alumni and is passionate about finding ways for students of color to navigate and thrive in a dominantly white college campus culture.
Programs, retreats, communities, and resources that center and celebrate LGBTQIA+ students at PLU.
The Queer Student Retreat is a gathering for PLU students who identify as LGBTQ2A+. Students attending the Queer Student Retreat will make connections, build community, engage in meaningful conversations, explore issues of identity, celebrate the energies and initiatives of the LGBTQ2A+ community at PLU and have an all around good time.
Queer Student Retreats are hosted annual in the fall and spring.
This is our initial LGBTQIA+ community event as we start the school year! Join us for good conversation, community building and learn more about how to get involved! Queer Connections is open to all students, staff, and faculty who identify as LGBTQIA+. We have some awesome queer/rainbow Lute swag to give out to all our people to attend!
This one credit course is designed to be an exclusive space for incoming LGBTQIA+ students to establish goals, develop a plan for success, and identify and overcome unforeseen barriers during their first year at PLU. You will build community connections, academic support, and personal wellness skills within the context of PLU’s values of diversity, justice, and sustainability. Your instructor for this course is Alanna Rathkopf, who works as PLU’s Assistant Director for the Center for Military Support. Alanna is a PLU alum.
Prism is a group dedicated to creating a safe and educational space for all queer, trans, and gender non-conforming students at Pacific Lutheran University. We encourage active discussion and fierce advocacy about the joys and issues that arise in the LGBTQ+ community. Our aim is to work in collaboration with the Diversity Center, Center for Gender Equity, other special interest groups, and any LGBTQ+ identified students.
First in Family Students
Courses and communities for PLU Students who are the first in the family to attend college.
This one credit course is designed to be an exclusive space for incoming first in the family college students to establish goals, develop a plan for success, and identify and overcome unforeseen barriers during their first year at PLU. You will build community connections, academic support, and personal wellness skills within the context of PLU’s values of diversity, justice, and sustainability. Your instructor for this course is Magdalena Stickel, who works as a Coordinator and Confidential Advocate in the Center for Gender Equity. Magdalena is a PLU alumna and is passionate about helping students survive and thrive amid capitalism and higher education institutions.
Communities for PLU Undocumented and DACA students.
Created by undocumented students, for undocumented students, our group and our meetings provide a space to connect with community members, share on and off-campus resources, and learn about opportunities for engagement, advocacy, leadership and more. For general questions about the group or information to join, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.