Diversity and Inclusion – Educating for Justice in Complex Times Gatherings for Faculty and Staff   



Thursday, November 29, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Student Center 160 (Light Lunch provided) 

Topic:  Welcoming Trans Students

How welcomed and included do trans students feel in our classes and programs? How can we support all students in learning to respect their trans classmates and to understand the diversity of gender in human experience? In this session we will cover key concepts and terminology for discussing trans identities and experiences; identify risks, barriers and resilience factors for trans students; and practice concrete tools for ally ship that we can use immediately to better welcome and support trans students.

For advance preparation and reflection, we offer the following excerpts: Chapters 2 and 3, from Trans Allyship Workbook: Building Skills to Support Trans People in Our Lives by Davey Shlasko

RSVP to Samantha Drennon at drennons@seattleu.edu to assist in planning; please include any dietary restrictions. 

Collaboration of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Davey Shlasko, author of Trans Allyship Workbook.

Davey Shlasko is the founder and managing consultant of Think Again Training & Consulting, which helps communities and organizations to implement social justice principles and practices in areas like gender diversity, LGB and trans inclusion, racial & economic inequality, coalition building, and intersectional allyship. Clients include human service agencies, schools, universities and socially conscious businesses. In addition to consulting work, Davey teaches as a lecturer in Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and at the Smith College School for Social Work, where Davey also serves as a Marta Sotomayor Fellow supporting individual and organizational change related to the school's intersectional antiracism commitment. Davey has contributed to several editions of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice and Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, and also authored Trans Allyship Workbook.

Fragrance-free event: For the health and safety of presenters and participants, please avoid wearing scented products such as perfume, cologne, aftershave, scented lotion, scented hair products, etc. to this event. For more information on how and why to be fragrance-free, see http://thinkagaintraining.com/about/fragrance-free/

Poster with pictures of Africa Day activities

Africa Day

Friday, May 25th 6:00PM

Student Center 160

Rejoice: Unity in Difference picture with multicultural images. Event will take place on April 20th from 6pm-9pm in Campion Ballroom. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Student Center HUB,

Rejoice: Unity in Difference


Friday, April 20th | 6-9pm | Campion Ballroom

Performances | Fashion Show | Henna| Food


Get your tickets at Student Center HUB
$10 PER PERSON (Cash or Meal Plan Only)

Email: bharooch@seattleu.edu

Changes in Categories of Race, Class and Gender: How life has Outpaced Theory


May 10th | 6:00pm | Wyckoff Auditorium


Burning candle light with white words explaining Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Event

Eternal Light

50 Years after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, April 4th | 5:01pm - 6:01pm | Library Plaza

Public readings - Candle light vigil - Processional - Tolling of bells


Speaker Series - Ibram X. Kendi

How to be an Anti-Racist and Why it Matters
Friday, March 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Pigott Auditorium

headshot of Dr. Ibram X. KendiThe Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Philanthropy NW invite you to this special conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award winner, author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, and professor of history and international relations and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. There will be 150 FREE seats for Seattle University students, faculty and staff, so be sure to register soon here. For more information, contact inclusion@seattleu.edu.


Critical Race Pedagogy as Praxis

Black & Brown Panel: What It Means to Be a Person of Color in the Workplace

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Student Center 160

5:30 - 7:15 pm

The Black & Brown Panel is hosted by the African American Alumni Chapter at Seattle University (AAAC@SU) for members of the community to discuss topics and issues relevant to the black and brown community of Seattle University. During our first panel in February, we will hear from individuals in the greater Seattle community about what it means to be a person of color in the workplace. Tickets available online

Topics of the discussion will revolve around the following questions:

How has diversity played a role at your company/industry?
Do you find it hard to find allies or POC in the workplace to connect with? And why?
What tips do you have for building your professional network?
What do you wish you knew, as a POC, when you graduated college that you know now?
Do you feel pressure to perform at a higher level because you are a POC?


CDO Chat:  Real Talk!

(You belong . . . Your voice matters . . . I want to hear from you.)

This is an opportunity for students to communicate directly to the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Natasha Martin, on visioning together an inclusive and welcoming campus community. As VP for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer, I sincerely care about the fullness of your experiences at this university. I’ll bring some questions to get us started and we’ll just talk! 

Tuesday, February 20 – 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the OMA Living Room (PAVL) (Lunch provided)

Tuesday, February 27 – 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Stuart T. Rolfe (corner of 12th Avenue and Marion, ADAL) (Dinner provided)



American Catholicism, Xenophobia, and Immigration

February 22, 2018 | 7:00 pm | Pigott Auditorium

Panelists: Arturo Chavez, Ph.D., Laurie Cassidy, Ph.D.,
and Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Ph.D.

The topic of the panel opens up conversation about the xenophobia and the history of Catholic immigration to the United States. The panelists will explore both the complicity of the Catholic Church as institution and community in xenophobia as well as its rich theological and spiritual teachings to welcome the stranger.

  • Laurie Cassidy is a theologian and spiritual director who recently co-authored the book The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-Incarceration: A Non-Violent Spirituality of White Resistance. Her teaching and research explore how Christian mysticism can be a resource for personal and social transformation.
  • Arturo Chávez is the President of MACC, the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, Texas. Nationally recognized for his efforts to combat racism and poverty, President Obama appointed Chávez to the White House Council on Faith-based partnerships.
  • Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos is the Director of Seattle University’s Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies and The Malcolm and Mari Stamper Endowed Chair in Catholic Intellectual and Cultural Traditions. She specializes in liberation theology, Christian anthropology and the intersection of science and religion.

Zeus Leonardo has published numerous articles and book chapters on critical social thought in education. He is the author of Ideology, Discourse, and School Reform (Praeger) and he is editor of Critical Pedagogy and Race (Blackwell), and co-editor (with Tejeda and Martinez) of Charting New Terrains of Chicano(a)/Latino(a) Education (Hampton). His articles have appeared in Educational Researcher; Race, Ethnicity, and Education; and Educational Philosophy and Theory. Some of his essays include: "Critical Social Theory and Transformative Knowledge," "The Souls of White Folk," and "The Color of Supremacy." His most recent books are Race, Whiteness, and Education (Routledge) and the Handbook of Cultural Politics and Education (Sense Publishers). * Both have taught in the Core for the past 15 years and their research and teaching focuses on critical race theory.


Educating for Justice in Complex Times: Prioritizing Humanity and Inclusion on Campus

The goal of this dialogue series is to provide an opportunity for us to come together as a community around our shared vision in building an inclusively excellent university and enhancing dialogue across differences. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018 – noon to 2:00 pm in Student Center 160

CHANGED TO *** February 26, 2018 - noon to 2:00 pm in Pigott 103 ***

 March 20, 2018 – noon to 2:00 pm in Student Center 160

Please send your rsvp to: husmanc@seattleu.edu


The "Critical Race Pedagogy as Praxis" Core Teaching Circle focuses on the need for faculty at SU, concerned with substantive equality in education and society, to rigorously engage with race.

Sponsored by Office of Diversity & Inclusion and University Core

Its goal is to facilitate conversation amongst core faculty about ways to dismantle racism in our classrooms based upon review and discussion of relevant scholarship, racial caucusing, and individual course design and facilitation coaching.

Facilitated by Angelique Davis, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Global African Studies Program and Rose Ernst, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science. * Both have taught in the Core for the past 15 years and their research and teaching focuses on critical race theory.

In preparation for this 2018-19 teaching circle, there will be two campus conversations that are open to the entire campus community and one teaching circle meeting. ** Those who wish to participate in the teaching circle should plan to attend these events.

The original call for this teaching circle focused on “Decolonizing the Curriculum,” but was changed to “Critical Race Pedagogy as Praxis” because the use of decolonizing discourse appropriates, through metaphor, the repatriation of Indigenous land and life. (Tuck & Yang, 2012)


Campus Conversation I

March 8, 2018

12:30 pm in PIGT 101

"Racial Gaslighting"

Angelique Davis & Rose Ernst

Call for ApplicationsApril 3, 2018

Application DeadlineApril 17, 2018

Campus Conversation II

May 3, 2018

12:30 pm in STCN 160

"Critical Pedagogy and Race,”

Zeus Leonardo, Professor of Education, UC Berkeley

First Teaching Circle

May 10, 2018

12:30 pm in PIGT 101

Meet a Muslim

Hosted by the Muslim Student Association

One woman’s mission to build bridges of love, respect, understanding and acceptance, one heart at a time. Come and meet an ordinary Muslim woman. You have questions? I will try to answer to the best of my ability. I will not be offended by any question.

January 20, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Student Center 160



Unimagined Latin@s of Great Walls, Borders, Bridges, and Dreams

with Steven Bender, Claudia Castro Luna, Natalie Cisneros, Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, and Jeanette Rodriguez

Thursday, January 18, 2018

6:00-7:30 pm Event

7:30-8:30 Reception

Seattle University Pigott Auditorium

Seattle University School of Law, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Matteo Ricci College, College of Arts and Sciences, Women and Gender Studies Events Committee, Diversity and Inclusion



Agents of Change

Global African Studies Program presents: Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Film Screening: Agents of Change

January 18, 2018

11:00 am

Wycoff Auditorium

Discussion following with Professor Hank McGee

For more information contact Kate Reynolds, reynoldk@seattleu.edu, 206-296-5470 or Angelique Davis adavis@seattleu.edu 206-296-2258

Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

OMA Moral Mondays @ SU is proud to host this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Tuesday January 16th at 6:30 pm in Campion Ballroom

We will celebrating and speaking on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the intersection with disABILITY Justice. We will be hosting disABILITY advocate and organizer Vilissa Thompson as our guest speaker. 

There will be light refreshments and cake to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.



Second Annual Catholic Immigration Summit: My liberation is bound up with yours

Saturday, March 10, 2018
9 am - 4 pm | Campion Ballroom

Join fellow Catholics as we share our immigrant journeys – old and new – and discern where we go together from here. Check-in begins at 8:30 am. The day concludes with Mass with Bishop Elizondo and Bishop Mueggenborg in the Chapel of St. Ignatius at 3 pm. Lunch and refreshments are provided at this free event. Registration is required.


For questions: Chris Koehler (ckoehler@stjames-cathedral.org) or Joe Cotton (joe.cotton@seattlearch.org)

This is a Share the Journey event (#ShareJourney), co-sponsored by: Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Seattle University Campus Ministry, The Archdiocese of Seattle, Saint James Immigrant Assistance, Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center, Catholic Community Services - Catholic Housing Services of Western Washington

Download the discussion questions prior to the event to help prepare your family or group for this event (Immigration Discussion Questions).