The Office of Multicultural Affairs plays a critical role in supporting intercultural learning and development at Seattle University. We encourage students to increase their awareness of and engagement with diversity by creating an environment that promotes inclusion and advocacy. We do this through a variety of programs, services, and resources focused on historically marginalized experiences, dynamics of privilege, and social justice.
Over the last few months, our world has endured much collective chaos, stress, and trauma. This pandemic has challenged our creativity, strength, and resiliency. In many ways, we have seen the beauty of community - people coming together to support family, friends, neighbors, and strangers in a time of great need.
And. This pandemic did not hit “pause” on the ugly, the hateful, and the violent ways racism runs rampant in our society. We cannot ignore the xenophobic attitudes and actions towards the Asian-American community that have harmed real people and businesses. And we cannot condone the continued policing of black and brown bodies and the senseless murders of unarmed black people.
In our mourning, we believe it is important to remind our community that we cannot and do not align with hate, bigotry, violence, and racism.
To our black students, staff, and faculty, we offer these words to you:
For the exhausted, we embrace you.
For the weary, we weep with you.
For the angry, we fight with you.
For the hopeless, we hold you.
For all of you, we see you.
We see you and we love you.
Because your life matters.