The Jim and Janet Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation is a state-of-the-art facility that represents the future of STEM education at Seattle University. It's also a convener welcoming students, faculty and staff together with neighborhood partners, industry thought-leaders and the community-at-large. In addition to the labs, classroom and study rooms and nooks, the center is home to student-run radio station KXSU and the Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. Center for Community Engagement.
Diversity, equity and inclusion integral to strategic priorities.
The university’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is anchored in and animated by its Jesuit and Catholic identity. In fall 2020, Professor Natasha Martin, JD, vice president for diversity and inclusion, announced LIFT SU, a five-point action plan for racial equity and antiracism that further evolves Seattle University’s inclusive excellence work and responds to the times.
In the classroom, Computer Science Associate Professor Wan Bae provides students a balance of theoretical concepts, problem solving and soft skills that translate into solutions for real-world problems. “I show students the connection between theoretical concepts and their applications and have them feel the joy in learning computer science by applying the theory to solving real-world problems.”
Social justice and equity in health care are at the center of the work of College of Nursing Assistant Professor Kumhee Ro, RN, DNP, ARNP. In the classroom, her teachings not only prepare students for careers in health care but also “enriches my own learning and helps me become a better educator and a clinician,” says Ro. “…We use technology and collaboration to influence and inspire our students to make a broader impact in our communities.”
With a passion for advocacy and community building, Marrakech Maxwell, ’22, is a natural in her role as Seattle University’s Student Body President. The Public Affairs and Environmental Studies major was part of the inauguration of President Eduardo Peñalver, an experience she calls “an incredible honor.”
“Words can’t quite put together the feelings I had that day, the support and love that I felt from my community and how spectacular it was to be able to welcome President Peñalver.”
The Indigenous Peoples Institute (IPI) supports Native American student success at Seattle University and raises awareness about issues of critical importance to local and global Indigenous peoples. “As SU repositions for growth in the region, I hope that IPI and its connections with community partners, American Indian and Alaska Native alumni, Urban Native peoples and tribal nations in the area will enhance how SU approaches modernization and development,” says IPI Director Christina Roberts.