Seattle Pacific offers many opportunities for diverse students to engage and find support on campus.
The John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development
Founded in 2004, the John Perkins Center helps students engage in discipleship and become leaders in the areas of justice, community development, and reconciliation. The Center is also a University-based, interdisciplinary research institute working to better understand structural disparities and develop more effective systemic strategies for alleviating those disparities.
The vision of the Center is to see generations of global urban leaders, organizations, and institutions engaging the culture and changing the world by modeling reconciliation and contributing to community health and wholeness.
Whether on campus, in the city, or internationally, the Perkins Center serves as resource by working with and equipping leaders for the work of reconciliation and community development in diverse and global communities.
Meet Dr. John Perkins, the reconciliation advocate and evangelical civil rights leader behind the Perkins Center.
Watch podcasts from the John Perkins Center.
Multi-Ethnic Programs promotes and supports the exploration and development of racial and ethnic identity and cross-cultural competence for all students through programs and events in collaboration with other campus departments. MEP supports the academic, social, and cultural adjustment and success of students from diverse backgrounds (domestic and international) through programs and activities.
Student Government (ASSP)
The Associated Students of Seattle Pacific (ASSP) offers several programs to promote intercultural understanding.
Catalyst is a group of student leaders who work together to address issues of race, ethnicity, and justice. They do this through discussion of important campus and community issues or concerns, collaborative programming, and support of campus events.
The Intercultural Retreat is a yearly opportunity for students from all backgrounds to come together for a weekend to make new and long-lasting cross-cultural friendships.
Multicultural Night of Worship is a collective worship service where various groups come together for one night to celebrate and reflect upon the vast diversity of God’s Kingdom.
Students are invited to participate in this quarterly discussion series to talk about race, diversity, and reconciliation. This group meets every quarter for six weeks and has a limited number of participants. Through articles, movies, open discussions, writing, and fellowship, participants learn realities of race relations and its impact on our stories.
ASSP’s intercultural coordinators are the link between the residence hall council and ASSP, generating awareness on the topic of diversity, multicultural programming and leadership on campus.
From Mosiac (celebrating cultures and diversity on campus), to Set Free (focusing on social justice and human trafficking), to Haven (providing a safe place for discussions on sexual identity, gender diversity, and awareness), SPU offers a wide array of student groups supporting diversity, justice, and reconciliation. To see a complete list of student groups, visit the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific website.
More than 18 Ames scholars are currently on campus. The Ames Scholarship seeks to support students of color coming from underrepresented cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Meet the Class of 2020 Ames scholars.
BioCORE Scholars Program
The leadership program supports first generation students and those traditionally underrepresented in biological and biomedical sciences, by building community, promoting academic success, and creating mentoring networks. BioCORE scholars participate in weekly study workshops and perform authentic research during a summer internship at SPU. In addition, scholars are paired with peer and faculty mentors and network with professional scientists.
Center for Learning
The Center for Learning provides guidance and resources to support all students’ academic success through individual learning consultations, workshops, classes, and more.
Disability Support Services
Providing a variety of services for any student with a documented physical, medical, psychological, or learning disability, the Disability Support Services staff works with students to arrange needed accommodations based on individual needs. DSS also advises the Abilities Advocacy Club, which consists of students working to empower marginalized voices and foster inclusion in all aspects of campus life. The club hosts an annual disability awareness event.
Disability Support Services, the Center for Learning, and the Abilities Advocacy Club presented “What Is Normal? No Limits. No Boundaries,” an event exploring what it means to be “normal” — through short films, student stories, reflection, and discussion.