Contact

  • 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

Resources

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

Events

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.

Masculinidades: Evolving Masculinities, poetry and a Fish Bowl Conversation

November 15, 6-9 p.m.

Pigott Auditorium

The Pigott McCone Endowment Chair invites you to attend this engaging panel discussion. Speakers include: Ben Olguín, the Robert and Liisa Erickson Presidential Chair in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Sebastian Raine, Trans Latinx and project mentor to the non-religious prison arts program Keeping the Faith/The Prison Project (KTF); Jim Cantú, writer and music producer with KBCS’s Sabor Latinx Music program; and Mark Cohan, chair and associate professor of anthropology and sociology, associate professor of women and gender studies and scholar of gender, sexualities and culture. Sponsored by the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities. For more information, contact Christina Juarez by email.

The Poems of Hanshan: An Evening With Peter Levitt

November 15, 7 p.m.

Harding Building 142 (formerly Law School Annex)

The renowned poet and Soto Zen Teacher Peter Levitt will read from and discuss his new work, The Complete Cold Mountain, the groundbreaking new translation of all of the works of the great Hanshan (寒山), the legendary Tang Dynasty Buddhist poet. Sponsored by EcoSangha, SU Honors Program, and SU Philosophy Department. Free and open to the public

The Conduct of Life

November 8-18

Lee Center for the Arts

By M. Irene Fornes | Directed by Ki Gottberg

There is a connection between the essays by Emerson and this riveting play about violence and abuse that grows inside an “ordinary” home in an unspecified Latin American country. Tickets and more information.

Elizabeth LaPensée | heart of the game

Dec. 1 - March 3

Hedreen Gallery

Opening Reception, Saturday, Dec. 1, 4-6 p.m.

Artist Talk (6-7:30 p.m.) and Reception, Wednesday, January 9, 6-9 p.m.

Hedreen Gallery hosts an interactive gaming hub in which artist Elizabeth LaPensée (Anishinaabe from Baawaating, Métis, settler-Irish) rewires the architecture of contemporary gaming imaginations in ways that center, iterate and mainstream Indigenous ways of knowing. Learn more.

TeachIn: The Women of Wakanda

December 3

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.

Publication Launch: After Marriage Equality

December 7, 4-6 p.m.

Casey Commons

Co-edited by Dr. Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis (Assistant Professor, SU Social Work and Women & Gender Studies) with Drs. Angela Jones, and Michael W. Yarbrough. Celebrate the publication of the three-volume series that includes Queer Activism After Marriage Equality, Queer Families and Relationships After Marriage Equality, and The Unfinished Queer Agenda After Marriage Equality. Sponsored by the Social Work Department, Women and Gender Studies Program, and Anthropology and Sociology Department. Read more about the books at Routledge.

2nd Annual Tasveer Gala: Light. Camera. [take] Action

December 8, registration: 5:30 p.m., program: 6 p.m.

Campion Hall

Dr. Kirsten Moana Thompson extends an invitation from Film Studies’ partner, the Tasveer (South Asian) Film Festival. They are hosting a special fundraising gala at the end of term on campus on December 8 and all faculty, staff and  students are offered free admission, so please invite your  students to come along with you and your families. Learn more about Tasveer on their website.

To register: enter the promotion code, tasveerwaiver, on their ticket site, and select the Table named Seattle University.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Immigration / Migration

January 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.

African American Legislative Day

February 18, Presidents Day

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.

Artist In Residence: Antoine Hunter

March 4 and 5

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.

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.

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