Cultural Understanding and Engagement (CUE) Curriculum

Faculty at Seattle Pacific are in the final stages of designing a Cultural Understanding and Engagement (CUE) curriculum which will be implemented into the university’s general education requirements beginning in the 2017–18 academic year.

The CUE requirement will be a vital aspect of a student’s academic experience and highlight part of SPU’s Strategic Vision to be known by its “commitment to global and cultural engagement, reconciliation, and human flourishing.” It will give students the opportunity to fulfill the following learning objectives: 

  • Understand patterns and histories of inequity
  • Understand cultural, racial, ethnic, and gender differences interpersonally and in society
  • Prepare for vocations with cultivation of diverse workplaces, conflict resolution, peacemaking, and community development
  • Articulate reconciliation as participation in God's reconciling work in the world

The CUE curriculum, embedded in the Common Curriculum and in courses in a variety of majors, will emphasize a multilayered approach to teaching and understanding issues around diversity and reconciliation and be shared across faculty and disciplines.

The desire for a more diverse curriculum started in 2012, after more than 500 students signed a petition asking the university to include diversity and/or cultural competency in its curriculum.

Two students in a classroom
Kerry Dearborn and Brenda Salter-McNeil

Christian reconciliation at Seattle Pacific

Brenda Salter McNeil, author of Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities Into Unity, Wholeness, and Justice, and Kerry Dearborn, author of Drinking from the Wells of New Creation: The Holy Spirit and the Imagination in Reconciliationtalk about Christian reconciliation in the 21st century.