Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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The ODEI continues to seek ways to promote understanding of diversity as an integral part of SPU’s educational mission as a community of faith and learning. As we strive to be a reconciled community, we believe it is important to approach the work of diversity with a shared understanding of our past. To that end, the ODEI has created a timeline that highlights key historical moments and significant events related to diversity at SPU from 1891 to the present.
We encourage members of the campus community to interact with the SPU Diversity Timeline and gain broader historical context for current diversity efforts. The display is available by request for staff meetings, campus events, or classes.
Request use of the SPU Diversity Timeline

ODEI Highlights

SPU Diversity Timeline

On November 5, members of Student Life, Athletics, and Ministries (SLAM) participated in a review of the SPU Diversity Timeline. During the session, staff reflected on how diversity has been engaged over time and identified opportunities for deepening the work of diversity as we continue to write our institutional story.
We are excited to announce that a permanent display of the SPU Diversity Timeline is coming to the Student Lounge in Weter Memorial Hall in February 2019! Please look out for more information soon.

Diversity Lab

To support departments in developing their diversity action plans, the ODEI will pilot a Diversity Lab starting in January. This cohort-based pilot program, which will include “Lunch and Learn” sessions and individual coaching, is intended to guide departments through the planning process from conceptualization to development of a diversity action plan.  Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to submit their diversity action plans for consideration for seed grant funding. 
Contact the ODEI for more information

Diversity Seed Grants

Many thanks to those who applied for a diversity seed grant during the Fall quarter application period. Award notifications will be made by December 1.
As a reminder, the application cycle for Winter 2019 opens on January 1 with a submission deadline of February 15.

Capacity Building

Our ongoing support for department-level diversity planning is part of a larger vision for creating lasting diversity change at all levels of the university. This month’s recommended reading and teaching tool are inspired by our commitment to advancing systemic change that positively impacts student learning.

Recommended Reading

In “Beyond the Diversity Status Quo,” Dr. Stephen Secules (Visiting Assistant Professor in Engineering at Purdue University) identifies pathways for engaging students who experience marginalization.
Beyond the Diversity Status Quo

Teaching Tool

Based on the work of Dr. Carol Dwek (Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University), this month’s recommended resource provides strategies for fostering a growth mindset among students.
Promote a Growth Mindset

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities: Fall Quarter 2018

Faculty In-Service
Framing Diversity: From Language to Action

(offered through the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development)
Monday, December 3, 2018
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Drawing on the work of Sara Ahmed (On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life, 2014), this session will look at the language of diversity – its uses and limits – and examine the gap between stated commitments and the ability to truly transform institutional practices to support an equitable and inclusive campus environment. Time will be allocated during the session for schools and departments to engage in conversations around the Departmental Readiness Evaluation (DRE) as a process to sustain honest and reflective discussions about who we are, and who we want to become as a faculty community in the context of shifting demographics and cultural tensions around us. 

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Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Seattle Pacific University
Demaray Hall 253
Seattle, WA 98119-1950, U.S.A.

November 2018
Volume 1, Issue 3

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