ODI Updates

Idigenous Peoples' Day

Published October 11, 2021 at 9:10 AM PDT

Today, Seattle University marks the significance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day to honor and celebrate Indigenous peoples and to acknowledge the toil of colonization as reflected by the land we occupy as a university. We recognize that Seattle University is located on the ancestral homelands of the Duwamish people. We pay respect to Coast Salish Elders past and present and extend that respect to their descendants and to all Indigenous people. Read More

Reimagining Faculty Omsbudperson

Published October 8, 2021 at 9:10 AM PDT

I hope that you are safe and well, and buoyed by the promise of the new beginning that is upon us – re-entry into our academic community with our students and one another, the inauguration of our new President, and discovery of innovative ways to approach our Jesuit educational mission. I believe that we are in the midst of an exciting new beginning at SU, one that will require us all to do our part to cultivate the kind of inclusively excellent academic community that offers thriving for all. Read More

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Published September 22, 2021 at 5:09 PM PDT

We begin this academic year during a historic week for the university as we celebrate the inauguration of our new President, Eduardo Peñalver, and more fully re-engage as a campus after a consequential 18 months. Read More

Transition in the Office of Institutional Equity

Published August 3, 2021 at 11:08 AM PDT

I am writing to share with you an upcoming transition in the Office of Institutional Equity, as Andrea Katahira has decided to leave Seattle University to pursue other opportunities. Read More

Honoring Juneteenth, Freedom Day

Published June 11, 2021 at 4:06 PM PDT

June 19, 1865 – “Juneteenth” - marks the day that enslaved African Americans in Texas were informed by Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas that the Civil War was over and that they were free people. This announcement was shared nearly 2 ½ years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued. The following year, the first celebration of freedom took place in Texas organized by those formerly enslaved. I shared more about this history in my note to campus a year ago. Read More

Celebrating PRIDE

Published June 3, 2021 at 4:06 PM PDT

As Pride Month begins, the university celebrates and stands in solidarity with all LGBTQ+ people and especially those students, faculty, staff and alumni who are part of our Seattle U family. We would not be whole without you and are deeply grateful for your contributions to our campus community and educational mission. Read More.

Remembering George Floyd

Published May 24, 2021 at 4:05 PM PDT

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. To acknowledge his life and pray for continued healing, peace and progress toward justice, we will gather for a Vigil of Remembrance and Reconciliation. Read More

Thank You for Your Support

Published May 20, 2021 at 4:05 PM PDT

Thank you for your support of the University’s first Racial Equity Summit – Activating for Change: Affirmation, Allyship for Solidarity, and Action. I appreciate those who were able to join in community and co-create space for reflection, analysis, and renewal as we position to further the aims of LIFT SU and our inclusive excellence work more broadly – all efforts anchored in and animated by our Jesuit mission and values. Read More

Register for Racial Equity Summit

Published May 7, 2021 at 4:05 PM PDT

Come join the SU community for the University’s first Racial Equity Summit and co-create a space for learning and growing together. In the spirit of our Jesuit values, the summit will include a combination of analysis, reflection, engagement with art and music, and other special additions and new rituals. Read More

AAPI Heritage Month

Published May 5, 2021 at 11:05 AM PDT

As we mark Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Seattle University acknowledges with deep gratitude the AAPI community’s rich contributions to our nation and campus community. Seattle University is the institution it is today in large part because of the continuing commitment and dedication of so many in the AAPI community. Read More