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About ESJ Wings

Promote Justice for the Earth & for People.  Become an Advocate for Positive Social Change.

The Environmental & Social Justice (ESJ) community seeks to create a safe, supportive, and diverse environment that challenges residents to explore social and environmental justice issues and begin the work towards equity as engaged citizens on both local and global levels. ESJ promotes opportunities for students to challenge themselves to learn and act in ways that make a difference in the lives of others. The ESJ floor is an exciting opportunity to meet new people, learn about yourself, explore issues of injustice, and serve as agents for change within your communities. Students will be able to have a traditional  residence hall experience with the added value of relationships with faculty/staff and collaboration with the Diversity Center and the Center for Gender Equity.

Great For Residents Who ...

  • are interested in gaining an increased understanding of their values through reflection on
  • want to learn more about the intersectional concepts of environmental and social justice
  • are interested in learning how to create positive change in their communities and at PLU

Program + Learning Outcomes

By participating in the ESJ Wings, residents will:

  • be involved in discussions, programs, and leadership development around the concept of social and environmental action
  • recognize their voices as leaders
  • be able to identify ways to take action on our campus and our greater Tacoma community to enact positive change


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

RLC Supplemental Application Required?

Upcoming Stuen and Ordal Events

Click below to see upcoming Stuen and Ordal Events


Linked Course(s)


First-year residents will be enrolled in a linked First Year Experience Program (FYEP) course on the topic of social justice. Example FYEP Writing 101 course from Fall 2016 include:

  • FYEP 101 Section 19 | Angie Hambrick |  Diversity Center | ” Between the World and Me:  Race and Identity in The United States”

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 Residential Learning Community option you may contact:

Nicole Gonzales, Resident Director for Ordal and Stuen Halls | gonzalnd@plu.edu