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Thank you for supporting Seattle U Gives!

More than $895,000 was raised during 2023 Seattle U Gives! Read about how your gift and 3,600 additional gifts are already making an impact for students, faculty and programs across campus.

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An unprecedented $5 million gift is helping domestic violence survivors and training family law lawyers

The Moccasin Lake Foundation's gift is supporting Professor Deirdre Bowen and helping develop an innovative and multidisciplinary Family Law Center housed within SU's School of Law.

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When everyone has access, everyone can shape the future

Stephen Growdon, ’03, wanted to give back to the Seattle University graduate program that spring-boarded him to a fulfilling second career. 

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Lifelong Work with Native Americans Inspires IPI’s Largest Gift

In 2021, Susanna Hayes read about Seattle University's Indigenous Peoples Institute (IPI) and decided she wanted to make a gift that would help offer IPI more stability and strengthen its foundation for supporting Native American students attending SU.

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Providing BIPOC Students Access to Civil Engineering

Cory Hitzemann, ’97, and George Theo, ’95 live the values instilled in them at SU and are now working together to bring diversity and inclusion to the civil engineering field, leveraging the firm’s strong community connections and longstanding partnership with the university.

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Honoring a Beloved Professor Emeriti

“People say that kindness is free to give and invaluable to receive. Dr. Koch showed me this.”
                                                            —Iram Jafry, ’17 MBA 

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“Each and every gift to Seattle University has a profound impact, no matter the size.”

How philanthropy impacts past, present and future Redhawks and helps make SU one of the most innovative and progressive Jesuit universities in the world.

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Seattle University's Evolving Heart

Lemieux Library expands its intellectual reach to collaborative making in the new Billodue Makerspace

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Rising Scholar Finds Lifelong Community

At Seattle University, Brian Le, ’19, cultivated relationships across campus to learn holistically and grow into a better version of himself while giving back to the SU community at large. 

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Sibling Support Enhances Success

Graduating sisters Amber Rodriguez-Munoz, '22 and Eva Rodriguez, '22, share how their bond was strengthened at Seattle University.

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Alumni Spotlight: Allison Namba, '22 Charts Her Own Path

The past few years have been anything but ordinary, but Allison Namba, '22 persevered and left her mark at Seattle University.

Making a Difference in the South Sound

Making a Difference in the South Sound

When Mary Habila, ’21, chose a career path in education, and now as a school psychologist with Federal Way Public Schools, is helping parents and students who are falling behind.

Ridgway Scholarship celebrates 25 years of leadership development

Ridgway Scholars Advocate for Equitable Health Care

First awarded in 1997, the Eileen Ridgway Outreach Scholarship fosters leadership in community outreach, service and civic efforts, while supporting nursing students’ professional growth in research and analysis. This year marks 25 years of leadership development through the Ridgway Scholarship. 

Colina Bruce, '07, '15

Supports Access to Education with Black History Month Periodt.

While isolating at home during the pandemic, many people discovered a new hobby that brought them joy and a renewed sense of purpose.

Joelle Torre, '03, Teaches the Value of Connecting


Joelle Torre, '03, enjoys mentoring and working with students. The one thing she tries to impress on them is that their success is dependent on how much they want it and working hard toward their goals

The OMA Emergency Fund is Transforming Mission into Action

Transforming Mission into Action

During Seattle U Gives, alumni, faculty and staff, student and community members rallied around the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) Emergency Fund, raising more than $40,000 to help students experiencing one-time, non-tuition-related financial emergencies.

SU's Sacred Spaces

Come reflect and connect with the Divine

Reminders of our Jesuit charism are intentionally embedded throughout campus. Tucked into garden settings and inside buildings, these sacred spaces tend to the souls of the Seattle University community.

Calhoun Fellows

Working for Equal Justice

The program introduces law students to seasoned public interest lawyers, State Supreme Court justices, community activists and others entrusted with interpreting, advocating for and enforcing laws.

Change Makers Program

Change Makers Program Lays Foundation for SUYI’s Pathway to High School, College and Beyond

The Campaign for the Uncommon Good brought the Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI) closer to its goal of providing cradle to career support services for local families.

Serena Cosgrove

Connecting to the World Virtually

Central America Initiative continues its global engagement work despite pandemic

Brenda Christensen, '81

Creating Her Own Path

When Brenda was growing up in rural Minnesota, being a Girl Scout gave her a way to experience new people and places. A scholarship to study in Italy set her on the path to become a global technology pioneer

Aerica Shimizu Banks, '10

Rising Scholar: Making a Difference

A vibrant leader and advocate for underrepresented communities, she has worked both in and alongside government to drive sustainable change for communities of color and women. 

Majd Baniodeh, '11

Developing Ethical Global Leaders

A child of war-torn Palestine, Majd Baniodeh was already a citizen of the world when she arrived at Seattle University. Learn more about how education and global awareness can give voice to the underserved.

Bridget Brewer, '88

Real-World Experience Leads to Career Leadership

One of three women in her class, Bridget Brewer used the Project Center to launch a career in leadership while holding onto the Jesuit concept of questioning and owning her decisions and owning her values.

Angela Flores-Marcus, '19

Discovering Scholarship and Community in Diverse Stem Program

With compassion and community Angela Flores-Marcus blossomed with success in STEM studies.

Hameed Makttoof, '20

Taking a Risk and Finding Purpose

Calling the Fostering Scholars program a “gift from God,” Hameed's story exemplifies the power of determination and perseverance reinforced by cura personalis, the Jesuit value of care for the whole body.

Diana and John Dougherty, '66

For What Matters Most

John and Diana Dougherty fulfill one of their dreams by giving back to Seattle University with a gift by will.

Bill Weis

THE EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE OF GENEROSITY Faculty Donor Exemplifies Support for Seattle University's Mission and Programs

Empathy, caring, understanding and "getting behind the eyes of the other person" are key tenets of emotional intelligence, taught by professor Bill Weis, in Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics.

Zandrea Harlin, MPH RN-BC

Rooted in Jesuit Values, Nurse Tackles Systemic Health From the Margins

Finding social justice through nursing, this nurse relies on her Jesuit values to tackle disparity in systemic health care.

Jason Oliver, '00

Giving Back to the Community and His Alma Mater

“Seattle University is a place of love where I received the same thing my family gave to me—a foundation built on love and support and a compass to guide me through life.”    

Henry Louie

Engineering Professor Lights African Villages and Empowers Students

This professor brings light to villages in Africa and lights up students academic success, bringing real life experience to STEM studies.

Alex Levinson, '18

Scholarship Breaks Barrier to Heart-Centered Education

Growing up in New Mexico, Alex Levinson experienced economic, cultural and social diversity. As a child, he knew that his home looked different than those of his friends. So, he found heart-centered education.

Emily Graham, '19

Serving Global Communities Through Engineering and Technology

A global STEM partnership empowered Emily Graham with a vision to pursue her civil engineering career abroad supporting people and projects where resources are scarce.

Aakanksha Sinha, PhD

Serving up Social Justice

Aakanksha Sinha’s purpose is driven by the greater good

Jesse Goncalves, ’19

Work Outside the Classroom Connects Academics and Service Values

Learn more about how this student used service and community impact to enrich learning outside of the classroom.

Joseph Nguyen, '06

2020 Alumnus of the Year

A beacon of hope and a voice for his community and district, Joseph Nguyen, ’06, is determined to use his platform to elevate voices and ideas that have, in the past, been left out of the conversation.

Ezra Teshome, '75

Grateful Heart Repays Education Through Service and Jesuit Values

Having left Ethiopia with money for tuition but little else, this trustee was afforded an education with the support of Seattle U and continues to pay it forward through service.

Marika Yaplee, '19

Bridging the Gap to Education

Marika Yaplee did everything in her power to realize her dream of attending Seattle University. Her family had no financial resources to contribute, so she had to figure out how to pay for Seattle U herself.

Chew Family

DRIVING INNOVATION one student at a time

Growing up, Corky Chew’s and Nancy Gilbert’s garage workbench was their son Brad’s extended classroom. He would tinker and modify things, eventually dismantling and rebuilding his car engine. Thinking ahead to college, their wish for him was to expand his boundaries, feed his curiosity and introduce him to lifelong friends.

Clinical Performance Lab

Clinical Performance Lab Marks 15th Anniversary with Quick Pivot to Virtual Simulation

Seattle University’s Clinical Performance Lab (CPL), an innovative simulated environment where nursing students practice interventions on high-fidelity manikins, turned 15 this year.


The Billodue Makerspace Creating a Culture of Innovation

The Billodue Makerspace will embrace and support curricular and co-curricular intersections, which is an evolutionary movement.

Pat and Mary Welch

Pat and Mary Welch share a firm belief that a Seattle U education changes lives.

Pat and Mary Welch are faithful supporters of student research in the College of Science and Engineering, and they have pledged their financial support for the new Center for Science and Innovation.

Jean-Paul Wallis

Inspired by a momentous year

Jean-Paul Wallis, '18, speaks on what inspired him to make his first-ever gift during Seattle U Gives, the importance of alumni participation in Our Moment for Mission, and the impact he hopes alumni will have on the next generation of Redhawks.

Stephen V. Sundborg

Endowment for Jesuit Teaching & Ministry

"I am primarily and deeply a Jesuit, and I bring that to everything I do."
- Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., President

campus life

A Matter of Mental Health

The college experience is about coming home to yourself, learning what gives you purpose and joy in your life, and in which direction you will begin your professional journey.

Alumni and Students of Color

A new paradigm for community

A new alumni group is currently in formation at Seattle U, one that sets aside traditional structures associated with organizations in favor of community.

College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice

CON’s Doctor of Nursing Practice-CNM Program Develops Leaders in the Midwifery Model of Care

A DNP education prepares nurses not only for advanced clinical practice roles, but also for leadership roles in health care organizations.