Pursuing Inclusive Excellence


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) aims to promote inclusive excellence in the university’s teaching, research and service dimensions. ODI’s mission is to foster an institutional culture where there is no dichotomy between our values of diversity and inclusion, and our goals of educational quality and excellence.

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Red Talks Promo – Season 1 Women’s Voices at the Intersection (2018-19)

We must constantly build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from his sermon, “Antidotes for Fear” in “Strength to Love”

News from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion – Save-the-Date

As we recess for the holiday break, wishing you peace this holiday season and the promise of a new beginning in 2018. Thank you for all the ways that you have engaged and pursued aims around diversity, equity and inclusion. I look forward to continued partnerships and engagement.

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Open Letter to the Seattle University Community (Vol 1. No. 2)

Last month the community came together to celebrate Mission Day, which was focused on SU’s 125-year history ─ a milestone that engenders both joy and self-examination. Anniversaries provide important opportunities to reflect on the past, assess the present and envision the future. As such, anniversaries can be filled with nostalgia, pride and challenge.

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Pursuing Inclusive Excellence

Open Letter to My Seattle University Community, I trust that you are well settled into the term and holding close the promise of beginning anew in 2017. For sure, these early days of the new year reflect a rapidly shifting and uncertain landscape; one that has caused many in our campus community to experience fear, isolation, confusion and distress, spurred most recently by the Presidential Executive Orders on immigration. While these sweeping actions meet the approval of some and the outcry of others, my message is not about who is and who is not drawn to a particular viewpoint in that regard. Challenges and opportunities abound. Period.

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Past Events

An Evening with Common Text Author
Ijeoma Oluo
October 15, 2019 | 5:30-6:30 | Pigott Auditorium

Presented by the Common Text Program and the University Core

This event is part of the AY19-20 Common Text Program.

Throught the year we will be hosting additional events exploring the important issues raised in So You Want to Talk About Race.

An Evening with Common Text Author Ijeoma Oluo poster

Educating for Justice: An Ignatian Witness to Truth

On November 13th, a group of our SU faculty and staff gathered in a co-sponsored event by the Center for Jesuit Education and the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and 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. 

You can watch or read Massingale’s talk here

Bryan Stevenson

Natasha Martin, Chief Diversity Officer, and Bryan Stevenson

March 28, 2017, Benaroya Hall/S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Co-Presented by Seattle University 

Bryan Stevenson is the Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and a professor of law at New York University School of Law. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color.