Upcoming Events


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


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)


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?


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.


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.


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.

Register Here

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

For more information on #sharejourney, visit seattlearchdiocese.org/stj/

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).


Critical Race Pedagogy as Praxis


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

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.