Department of Residential Life

Social action and leadership | for students interested in gaining an increased understanding of their cultural identities through reflection on values while learning how to create positive change in their communities. All first-year residents will co-enroll in a linked first year experience program (FYEP) writing 101 section on the topic of social justice. | recently renovated, card access to rooms | application required | all first year residents will co-enroll in a linked FYEP writing 101 on the topic of social justice. | connect with peers, faculty, & staff on topics of social justice. | all returning residents will be highly encouraged to participate in group dialogues.

Explore Identity. Become an Advocate for Positive Social and Environmental Change.

The Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability (DJS) community seeks to create a safe, supportive, and diverse environment that challenges residents to explore social justice issues and begin the work towards equity as engaged citizens on both local and global levels. The DJS community promotes opportunities for students to challenge themselves to learn and act in ways that make a difference in the lives of others. The DJS community 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. The DJS community comprises three themed floors:
– First in the Family (for first-year, first generation identified students)
– Students of Color (mixed-year, for self-identified students of color)
– Social & Environmental Justice (mixed-year, for all students)

Great For Residents Who ...

  • are interested in gaining an increased understanding of their cultural identities through reflection on value
  • want to learn more about basic concepts of social justice
  • are interested in learning how to create positive change in their communities and at PLU


Program + Learning Outcomes

By participating in Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability (DJS) community, residents will:

  • develop an increased understanding their own cultural identity through critical reflection of their beliefs, values, attitudes and emotions
  • be involved in discussions, programs, and leadership development around the concept of social 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 (all hall)

RLC Supplemental Application Required?

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:

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

Example Programs

Below are a few examples of social justice programs that have occurred 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 | Conversation 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 |