Celebrating PRIDE

The pride flag and the trans flag in a ceramic vase in the center of the table with a white tablecloth

From the desk of Dean Spade (He/Him), Professor of Law, Wismer Professor for Gender and Diversity Studies (2021-2023)

Dear Campus Community:

Creating an inclusive community means sharing our stories from a variety of perspectives. To mark the beginning of Pride Month, we have asked our 2021-23 Wismer Professor for Gender & Diversity Studies, Dean Spade, to offer his reflections on what this month means to him. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion invites our community to celebrate our differences along with all that brings us together. As always, we offer deep gratitude to Professor Spade for sharing his perspective and trust that you will receive his words with openness.

Dean Spade, 2021-23 Wismer Professor for Gender & Diversity Studies:

Annual Pride celebrations mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion: In June 1969, at a bar called the Stonewall Inn in New York City, queer and trans people fought back against the ongoing violence they faced at the hands of the police. Since that time, queer and trans people have gathered to commemorate that resistance and celebrate our vision for sexual and gender liberation. At Pride events, we rejoice in our survival, we combat stigma and isolation, we mourn our dead, and we foment ongoing resistance. Read More

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Pride Month Resources

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Sleeve cover of Normal Life by Dean Spade



 Cover of Building a Bridge by James Martin, SJ


A group of faculty and students gathered in the library

LGBTQ+ Inclusion Task Force

Co-Led by Dr. Alvin Sturdivant, Vice Provost for Student Development and Natasha Martin, JD, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and created in accordance with the Spring 2018 letter from President Sundborg. The group is comprised of faculty, staff, and students working towards a more inclusive Seattle University campus. Meetings are held monthly, minutes will be available soon.


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