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  • 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.

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.

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.

How #MeToo is Changing Culture, Politics, and Journalism: A Conversation with KUOW’s Sydney Brownstone

February 26, 6-9 p.m.

Campion Ballroom

What role does empathy play in journalism? Why do sexual assault accusers go to journalists instead of the police? Why does the #MeToo movement keep showing us photographs of sad ladies looking out of windows?  

Join award-winning journalist Sydney Brownstone for a look behind the curtain of some of her most complex and impactful reporting on rape and sexual assault. Sydney will open this event with an in-depth examination of how she reports stories involving trauma. Her presentation will include tips for interviewing accusers and the accused, fact checking strategies, insights about self-care for journalists and others close to trauma survivors, analysis of “sad lady” portraits and other clichés in trauma reporting, and more. After her presentation, Sydney will be joined in-conversation by Seattle University Professor Sonora Jha, and then the floor open for audience Q&A.

Before and after the program, an interactive resource fair will be open in the lobby featuring local and national community organizations.

General admission tickets available online. Seattle University students, faculty and staff will receive information about free tickets in January.

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.

Events - Office of Diversity & Inclusion

    Arts Leadership Book Club

    Monday, January 28, 6 p.m.

    White Fragility by Robin DiAngleo. A dialogue through layered collage making by Roxy Hornbeck, Assistant Professor, Arts Leadership. The SU Arts Leadership Programs at invite all Arts Leadership students and alumni to participate in the first inaugural book club series. Learn more here.

    Trans* Visions Lectures Series presents Intersections: A Personal Journey

    January 30, 6-8 p.m.

    Wyckoff Auditorium

    With Martina Ramirez, Loyola Marymount University, Biology. 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.”

    You on the Moors Now by Jaclyn Backhaus

    February 20-24 & February 27-March 3

    Lee Center for the Arts

    Directed by Erin Murray. Will you marry – BANG!  Simultaneous marriage proposals send the mighty heroines from the 19th-century novels of Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters running to the mythical moors to ponder their gender-normative futures. As their could-be betrothed pursue them, The Moor Wars begin along with a barrage of wordplay, heartache, and anachronistic wit. When the laughter dies, the play ends in beautiful prose not unlike the style that Alcott, Austen, and the Bronte’s would have penned. Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets and more information available here.

    Trans* Visions Lectures Series presents How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) are Creating a Gender Revolution

    February 6, 6-8 p.m.

    Wyckoff Auditorium

    With Ann Travers, PhD, Simon Fraser University, Sociology. 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.”

    Are & Be Student of Color Symposium

    Feb. 9, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    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 here.

    Trans* Visions Lectures Series presents Counting the Countless: Data, Infrastructure, and Queer Pluralities

    February 13, 6-8 p.m.

    Wyckoff Auditorium

    With Os Keyes, University of Washington, Human Centered Design and Engineering. 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.”

    Trans* Visions Lectures Series presentsThe Time to Be Happy is Now: Making Trans History

    February 20, 6-8 p.m.

    Wyckoff Auditorium

    With Marsha Botzer, Ingersoll Gender Center & Equal Rights Washington and Lady B,  trans* advocate, performance artist, dancer, organizational consultant. 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.”

    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.”

    Trans* Visions Lectures Series presents A Toolkit for Radical Inclusion

    March 6, 6-8 p.m.

    Wyckoff Auditorium

    With Gunner Scott, Pride Foundation & Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and Sabina Neem, Activist, Educator, Psychotherapist. 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.”