In his 2017 Arts and Sciences Convocation remarks, Dean David Powers identified how we live the social justice part of our mission and identity today as a priority for the College, as well as Seattle University. He said, “I believe that now is a time to stand more firmly within our mission rather than shy away from it in the face of cultural and political headwinds.”
He continued, “Racism, religious discrimination, sexism, heterosexism and income disparity, these intersectional issues are at the heart of social injustice today. Addressing these issues is central to our mission, and I think we need to avoid the current cultural trap of seeing these issues, and particularly racism only as ‘out there’ and not as ‘in here’.”
As a College, we will be exploring matters of social justice, inclusion, and intersectionality together. This page will be a place where we can share resources and events with one another and highlight some of the ongoing work that faculty and staff have been doing in our College. Everyone is encouraged to submit links to articles and other information and events, both on and off campus, that can help us all learn more.
This section is available to share resources and information that will help us all further our work regarding social justice, inclusion and intersectionality. Please send proposed content to Dr. Sonora Jha and Karen Bystrom.
A group of 55 SU faculty and staff participated in this event, co-sponsored by the Center for Jesuit Education and the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. They shared a robust and productive discussion, which centered around the article and presentation given by Bryan Massingale, Professor at Fordham, who invites us to see the very heart of Jesuit Education as the work of changing consciousness about racial injustice. Watch or read Massingale’s talk. The article can also be found in the print edition of “Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education” magazine.
Bryan Massingale presented his talk at the Commitment to Justice Conference held at Seattle University in August 2017. The other conference keynote addresses from Eboo Patel, Founder of the Interfaith Youth Corps, and Simone Campbell, of NETWORK are also available online.
Researchers say that discrimination at colleges and universities may have negative impacts on black students’ mental health. Read the article.
This is a space for sharing events that provide additional educational opportunities, both on campus and in the community. All regular on campus events posted on the master calendar will be automatically included. If you would like to submit additional events, send the following to Karen Bystrom.
Through August 31, ADAL, Kinsey Gallery
June 7, Pigott Auditorium, 7 p.m.
“Ignite Project Homelessness,” an evening of storytelling about homelessness, in the popular Ignite format of a five-minute story with 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide. SU’s Project on Family Homelessness is hosting the event in partnership with the Seattle Times Project Homeless reporting team. Free; register here.
May 31 – Aug. 12, Hedreen Gallery
Opening Reception May 31, 4:30-8 p.m. Danny Jauregui, Dan Paz and Elise Rasmussen are artists who produce original research in forms of video, photography, print and sculpture. In this exhibition, each artist shares a distinct suite of artworks that simultaneously excavates, acknowledges and memorializes a site of invisibilized historical trauma and collective loss.