ODI Updates

Racial Equity Summit Invitation

Published May 3, 2021 at 4:05 PM PDT

All are invited to the Racial Equity Summit, a LIFT SU initiative. We will gather as a learning community to reflect on and deepen understanding of systemic racism and this consequential year, and to catalyze around commitments to racial equity and antiracist education. The summit offers a platform to affirm voices and experiences, renew solidarity, and build collaborative capacity towards becoming a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive university. Read More

Save the Date Racial Equity Summit

Published April 2, 2021 at 4:04 PM PDT

I hope that you are experiencing a productive and restorative start to the spring quarter. I’m pleased to announce the Racial Equity Summit – a LIFT SU initiative – an opportunity to gather as a learning community to deepen understanding and build collaborative capacity towards becoming a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive university. Read More

Women's History Month

Published March 5, 2021 at 4:03 PM PST

This week began with Women’s International History Day, which recognizes the contributions of women worldwide and raises awareness of the continued challenges to their full empowerment. We salute the women of our university community for their leadership, achievements, and unyielding commitment to our educational mission. Read More

Black History Month

Published February 5, 2021 at 4:02 PM PST

As we begin this month of February honoring Black history, we are mindful of the paradox of beginning this designated celebration amid the deep polarity and tumult of our times, and wounds that only time and intention can begin to heal. This is precisely why we must honor the vast contributions of Black people, as well as face our irreconciled past. Read More

The Way Forward

Published November 6, 2020 at 11:11 AM PST

I write to express my deep gratitude for each of you. Thank you for your courage to stay the course during these uncommon times, and the care you have shown to our students and to one another. I acknowledge the hardships we are living under, and I believe that our hope lies in our interdependence. Read More

LIFT SU and Commitment to Live and Lead for Racial Equity and Antiracism

Published October 14, 2020 at 4:10 PM PDT

As we recommit ourselves to educating the whole person at the start of the academic year in this watershed moment, I extend my deepest gratitude for your efforts and courage. As a follow-up to the President’s Welcome and Provost Convocation, I write to share my hope and determination that as Seattle University we will move forward with greater intentionality and collaboration to make racial equity and anti-racist education more than a stated value of our Jesuit Catholic character, but transformative and sustainable institutional practice. Read More

Honor and Recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day

Published October 12, 2020 at 10:10 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 we reside on occupied Coast Salish lands and Seattle University is on the 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.

Summer Reading List 2020

Published June 30, 2020 at 5:06 PM PDT

As we remain at a physical distance in the midst of this unprecedented time, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the engagement this year in our collective work around inclusive excellence. Thank you to all who have shown your care of and patience with me during this time like none other I have known. Deep appreciation for the many ways that you have shown up to co-create spaces to grow together and pivoted with grace. Read More

Juneteenth and Social Progress

Published June 19, 2020 at 12:06 PM PDT

619.   January 1, 1863.   June 19, 1865.  

During this profound moment in our history as a nation and a university, it is important that we take note of the significance of these dates. Each represents important markers in our country’s racist history as it relates to the enslavement and systematic oppression of Black people. And, the enduring and material effects of slavery’s legacy that continue to plague our society are deeply ingrained. For weeks we have been reminded, yet again, just how much so.  Read More

Uncommon Care in Uncommon Times

Published March 20, 2020 at 5:03 PM PDT

Given this uncertain time and the circumstances that we are working hard to address, I write to extend my hand and heart to you virtually as we engage in uncommon care in uncommon times. We are all focused on delivering the most effective, high-quality, online learning environments for our students and supporting them, and one another, as we try our best to acclimate to this rapidly evolving global health pandemic. Read More.