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Carlos Alvarez (First-Year Student, Resident of DJS Community (Students of Color Floor), Participant in Fall 2017 Linked FYEP Writing 101 Course) “Junta te con lobos y aprenderás a auyar (Live with wolves and you will learn to howl). [DJS is] a community who supports each other outside and inside of class.”

About SOC Wings

For Students of Color interested in exploring their racial and ethnic identities.

With a commitment to creating more spaces where Students of Color can connect with one another, the Students of Color (SOC) floor, in the Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability (DJS) Learning Community located in Stuen Hall seeks to honor, celebrate, and uplift the stories and experiences of residents. The SOC community will focus on the cultural wealth Students of Color bring to the halls and to the broader Pacific Lutheran community by celebrating their linguistic and familial capital.

Residential Life worked with the Diversity Center, student groups such as ‘the collective’, and individual residents to listen to feedback about sense of belonging of Students of Color in the Residence Halls. A common narrative that emerged was the need for affinity space. A huge part of the value added of spaces such as the Diversity Center or the Students of Color retreat, and now the SOC floor, is that these are places where Students of Color, who are nearly always the minority in other spaces on PLU’s predominantly white campus, can be together with other students who have similar experiences of being a minority on campus.

In solidarity with the Students of Color retreat held every year by the Diversity Center, the SOC community is a place where residents are invited to explore the intersectionality of identities and learn from one another in order to build a sustainable community. All students who self-identify as a Student of Color and would like to genuinely participate in the community are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Great For Residents Who ...

  • Enjoy studying and/or talking about social justice and social identities related to race and ethnicity
  • Are interested in participating in the Diversity, Justice and Sustainability (DJS) community and related co-curricular activities with the other two DJS floors (i.e., First in the Family and Environmental & Social Justice)

Program + Learning Outcomes

By participating in SOC Wings, residents will:

  • productively engage in DJS-related activities that support their own racial/ethnic identity development
  • participate in DJS-related activities outside of the classroom that promote social justice
  • have increased access to peers and faculty outside of the classroom to support their learning about social justice and identity development


Stuen Hall  (one floor, 2-mixed-year wings)

LC Supplemental Application Required?

Linked Course(s)

YES (for new First-Year residents)

First-year residents will be enrolled in a linked First Year Experience Program (FYEP) course on the topic of social justice. A certain number of class seats will be saved for commuter students to opt into this learning community. 

  • Democratic Citizenship | James Albrecht | FYEP 101 Section 05 | MWF 9:15-10:20
  • Between the World and Me: Race and Identity in the United States | Angie Hambrick | FYEP 101 Section 28 | TR 11:50-13:35
  • All Aboard! Adventures in Public Transportation | Rebecca Wilkin | FYEP 101 Section 19 | TR 11:50-13:35

View the Fall 2018 Learning Community (LC) Linked FYEP 101 Courses document to read these course descriptions and learn more about LC linked courses.

Upcoming Stuen and Ordal Events

Click below to see upcoming Stuen and Ordal Events


Example Programs

Below are a few examples of programs that have happened in Stuen in the past! If you have an idea for a wing or hall program, contact your Resident Assistant to see about planning it!

  • DJS Retreat at the Center for Gender Equity
  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteering
  • Staycation Parkland Immersion Alternative Spring Break | sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service
  • My Culture is Not a Costume | Conversations with the Diversity Center about cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes
  • Tunnel of Oppression


For more information about this Learning Community option you may contact:

Marco Polo Ramirez Becerra, Community Director for Ordal and Stuen Halls |