About The Commons

Thank you for visiting The Commons, an online platform for and about Seattle University's faculty and staff.

The Commons strives to continue a tradition begun long ago by the Jesuits. When the founder of the order, St. Ignatius, and his early companions resolved to "go where the need was greatest," they weren't kidding.  Very quickly, the first Jesuits fanned out across the globe to minister to populations throughout Europe, as well as China and India. "Internal communications," as we call it today, became critical to holding together members of the fledgling Society of Jesus and keeping them focused on a common mission.

As college campuses go, Seattle University's is fairly compact, and yet there are days when the College of Nursing's Clinical Performance Lab in James Tower can seem a world away from the Lee Center for the Arts and vice versa. We have a mission that gives us all a common purpose, and yet we often don't know the particulars about how this department or that office is supporting our shared work. Our hope is that The Commons is a place for faculty and staff to gather, learn about the latest campus happenings and, most important, continue to grow together as a community committed to building a more just and humane world.

At its best, The Commons is a place for any and all faculty and staff to participate. Please do. Submit a story idea-or better yet, send us a story. That can be text or photos or videos or audio. You can also comment on stories, take part in polls, post announcements and share your latest scholarly or professional achievements. Write an opinion piece on a current event.

Please tell us how we can make this site better. In the meantime, we hope you'll get involved.


Mike Thee
Editor, The Commons