• Sonora Jha, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Community & Professor, Communications, 206.296.5347
  • Karen Bystrom, Director of Marketing & Communications, Arts & Sciences, 206.296.2814

Social Justice, Inclusion and Intersectionality

Bringing the mission to the moment

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.

A multi-ethnic group of Seattle University students


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.

 An Ignatian Witness to Truth: SU’s Mission and Racial Justice
  • November 13, 2017

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.

The Cost of Balancing Academia and Racism
  • Jan. 21, 2016, The Atlantic, by Adrienne Green

Researchers say that discrimination at colleges and universities may have negative impacts on black students’ mental health. Read the article.

An African American woman graduating from Seattle University in 2015


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.

  • Name of event
  • Date, time
  • Link to more information

Links to the events sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Office of Multicultural Affairs are provided as additional content on this page.

Are & Be Student of Color Symposium - POSTPONED

New date To Be Announced

Pigott Auditorium

Undergraduate students of color attend sessions to develop life skills and freely discuss the challenges and experiences of navigating academia and the world. Registration to be announced soon.

Trans* Visions Lectures Series

February 27, 6-8 p.m.

Wyckoff Auditorium

Speaker TBD. This lecture series features feminist trans* and gender nonconforming people who are experts in areas such as: the science of gender and sexuality; artificial intelligence and human centered design; family, schools and sports; art and activism; medical and mental health; historical perspectives on transgender support and social justice; and the politics of radical inclusion. In this queer/trans-centric lecture series, we will explore ideas that take us beyond ontological reduction and a matrix of oppression toward a “culture of flourishing.”

Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from the Hunger Games to Campus Rape

April 3, 7 p.m.

Pigott Auditorium

A talk with Kelly Oliver, PhD, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. While rape and debasement of women are not new, the use of social media to do so is. Whereas in the past, pornographic pictures were produced for mass consumption but sold privately, even wrapped in brown paper and sold only to adults, now the Internet is filled with pornography and creepshots of women. Rapists hamming for the camera, and taking creepshots of unsuspecting unconscious girls, are part and parcel of the sexual assault in the age of social media.Sponsored by the Philosophy Endowed Chair and Women and Gender Studies.

Annual McGee Lecture 

April 18, 6 p.m.

Wyckoff Auditorium

Gabrielle Lynch speaks about her work with the Kenyan Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Sponsored by Global African Studies.

4th Annual Symbolic Confederate Flag Burning

April 22

Moral Mondays at SU, the #BlackLivesMatter Initiative at Seattle University

Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Campus Ministry, and community partner CD Forum for Arts and Ideas.

Patrice Vecchione

April 24, 6-9 p.m.

Pigott Auditorium

Editor and poet Patrice Vecchione is joined by other poets from Seattle, included in Ink Has NO Borders, an anthology of Immigrants and Exiles from over 65 nations. Our students and community will participate in reading some of the poems on stage. Students will be gifted a copy of the anthology. Presented by Women and Gender Studies.

Imagining the World: Photography Competition Awards and Exhibit Opening

April 30, 5 p.m.

Kinsey Gallery, ADAL

Awards ceremony at 6 p.m.

Africa Day

May 23, 6 p.m.

Casey Commons

More information to come. Sponsored by Global African Studies.

Events - Office of Diversity & Inclusion