Staff Connections

Seattle University Affinity Groups

Staff Council promotes building community relationships and support for one another. There are several affinity groups on campus that may be of interest to staff. These groups are self-managed (not managed by Staff Council). Staff interested in joining are encouraged to reach out to the group contact directly. If you are aware of or the coordinator for other affinity groups open to SU staff, please let Staff Council know so we can add it to this list as a resource for all staff members.


APIDA Staff and Faculty

We meet quarterly, usually over lunch, to socialize, discuss timely topics, and to make connections. Attendees are sent an Outlook calendar invite and we are happy to include those who identify as APIDA to our gatherings. Staff and faculty are also encouraged to join the recently created Teams page, linked below.

Group Contact: Michelle Kim and Bernie Liang

To Join: Email group contact(s)

Teams Page: Click link to join


Black Women Social

Black Women Social, also known as BWS, is a social community that cultivates joy and promotes the well-being of Black women staff and faculty colleagues while advocating for equity, recognition, inclusion, and the liberation of community members. We love to celebrate each other's successes, big and small.

Group Contact: Carol Lwali 

To Join: Email group contact


First Generation in College Faculty & Staff Group

A listserv for those who identify as first-generation college students and/or providing support/care for first-generation students on campus. All are welcome to join. 

Group Contact: Bernie Liang and Deanne Liu

To Join: Email group contact(s)


Seattle University Faculty & Staff Alumni

The Seattle University Faculty and Staff (SUFAS) Alumni Chapter connects alumni who work at Seattle University around social, service and SU pride events. See the group Facebook page for more information.

Group Contact: Laura Hauck-VixieCarly Darcher

To Join: Email the group contact(s)


Seattle University Parents Community

Established in the fall of 2018, the SU Parents Community was created for Seattle University staff and faculty who are parents. Our purpose is to build community and share knowledge and resources. The group is not coordinated or sponsored by any Seattle University entity. This community and its initiatives are maintained by members of the group.

Group Contact: Morgan Frost 

To Join: Join the SU Parents Microsoft Teams Channel


Seattle University People of Color

The SUPOC listserv provides staff and faculty with an online space for sharing information about news, events, and ideas relating to people of color, communities, and issues. Your SUPOC peers can offer welcome, advice, context, and a supportive network of colleagues.

Group Contact: Dale Watanabe

To Join: Email the SUPOC listserv



Queer-Net is a long-standing listserv for all LGBTQ+ staff and faculty and their allies on campus. It provides a forum for sharing news, events, and ideas relating to the LGBTQ+ community in general, and to issues facing LGBTQ+ colleagues at Seattle University. Your Queer-Net peers can offer support, advice, institutional background, new perspectives, and a new network of colleagues. Some new members like to post introductions so that their presence is known. Feel free to do whatever is right for you. 

Group Contact: Kevin Krycka 

To Join: Email group contact


Unpacking Whiteness

Founded by three SU Staff in fall 2015, in partnership with the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Unpacking Whiteness continues to organize around its three-fold mission for:

  • White-identified staff and faculty to unlearn/challenge/interrogate their unearned privilege & socialized racism;
  • Engaging an increasing number of white-identified colleagues in education, reflection, and transformation both individually and in their spheres of influence;
  • Meaningful action, which will help co-create and transform Seattle Univresity to a more inclusively excellent environment.

Group Contact: Stephanie Lewis 

To Join: Email group contact


Women of Color in Mission

The Center for Jesuit Education (CJE) would like to provide a safe and supportive space within the broader Women in Mission community for those who identify as faculty/staff women of color - to build community, reflect through an Ignatian spiritual lens on the particular experiences of being women of color at SeattleU, and empower one another to speak truth and thrive using her gifts.

Group Contacts:  Paige Gardner (Program Coordinator), Andrea Fontana and Kerry Soo Von Esch (Liaisons with Center for Jesuit Education)

To Join: Email Women in Mission