ODEI Connections

Newsletter of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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ODEI Highlights

Did you know?
This month in 2003, The Falcon featured an article about SPU’s Interior Design Program's course on universal design, with a focus on meeting the needs of individuals with a variety of abilities. SPU is the first university in the United States to offer a universal design class. Source: Fiona Sortor, “Homes Honed to Disabilities; SPU Only School to Offer Universal Design,” The Falcon, April 16, 2003.

For more history facts related to SPU's diversity engagement throughout the years, visit Remembrance & Witness: A Seattle Pacific Diversity Timeline online or in the Weter Student Lounge.

Diversity Seed Grants
The ODEI is pleased to offer seed grants up to $1,500 to support department-wide efforts that advance one or more of the University’s strategic diversity goal areas. See how some areas across campus are using seed grants to support their diversity initiatives. Apply for a seed grant here. The Spring 2020 application deadline is May 1.

Panel Discussion
If you are looking for ways to remain encouraged and move forward in your department-level diversity efforts, join us for a virtual panel discussion on Thursday, May 20. You will have an opportunity to hear from staff and faculty colleagues as they share challenges, lessons learned, and strategies for completing their Departmental Readiness Evaluation (DRE) and Diversity Action Plans. Visit the links at the end of the newsletter to register for this and other professional development opportunities being offered through the ODEI this quarter.

Recommended Reading & Teaching Tools in the Time of COVID-19

The work of diversity, equity, and inclusion has always been about people – affirming the dignity of each individual, bridging across differences, and removing barriers to human flourishing. As our daily rhythms are reoriented to physical distancing and virtual meetings, I encourage us not to lose sight of this essential calling. May we find new opportunities to foster belonging and care and strive toward equitable practices in our workplace and communities. Here are a few questions we might consider, along with some resources to guide our efforts:
How are we being called to love our neighbors and act redemptively in the midst of crisis and fear?
  • Learn about the history of anti-Asian racism and why it matters today. The Asian American Christian Collaborative released a Statement on Anti-Asian Racism in the Time of COVID-19.
  • Listen as the original drafters of the statement discuss the development of the Collaborative, which seeks to empower individuals and equip organizations and churches for faithful action to address anti-Asian racism.
What do we already know and what we can learn about teaching for equity and empathy in the online environment?
  • This Chronicle of Higher Education article shares tips for showing grace to yourself and your students during the shift to remote learning.
  • A team of educators at Saint Mary’s College developed this resource guide, which focuses on pedagogical practices that can promote equity and care in the online environment.
How can administrators and campus leaders make decisions equitably and inclusively during this time?
  • The Council of Chief Diversity Officers at the University of California prepared this document to assist faculty, staff, and administrators in fostering supportive and inclusive campus climates during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Dr. Damon Williams and his team at the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy developed a strategy guide to support leaders in their decision-making regarding COVID-19.
I hope you find these resources helpful as we continue to navigate the diversity, equity, and inclusion related implications of the COVID-19 health crisis. I am so grateful for the opportunity to co-labor with you in this work.

Virtual Professional Development & Networking Opportunities

Follow the links to learn more and register.
Diversity 101: Exploring the What, Why, and How of Diversity at SPU
Thursday, April 16
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Faculty and Staff of Color Networking Luncheon
Thursday, April 23
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Diversity 102: Understanding Our Social Identities in the Context of Christian Community
Wednesday, April 29
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Diversity 103: Becoming a Faith-Formed Inclusive Community
Wednesday, May 13
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Getting Ready for Your DRE or DAP
Wednesday, May 20
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Visit our Faculty and Staff Resources page for more professional development opportunities, or contact to request a topic that is not currently listed.
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Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Seattle Pacific University
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Seattle, WA 98119-1950, U.S.A.

April 2020
Volume 2, Issue 8

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