Current Students

Bo Lim

“Seattle Pacific is also special because of its community of faculty, staff, and students. It is a different kind of community than what one will find most anywhere else. It is more diverse ethnically, generationally, socially, and vocationally than a local church. Yet it is also a community committed to serving Christ, so there is a sense of unity amidst this diversity.”

— Bo Lim, University Chaplain

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

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.

Three students studying in Tiffany Loop

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. 

Intercultural Retreat

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 

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.

In Context

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.

Intercultural Coordinators

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.

Student groups

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.

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.

What is Normal 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.

Oluwadamilola “Lola” Sosanya

“In a place of flowing knowledge and opportunity, you, a student of Seattle Pacific, are welcome here. Alongside fellow peers, faculty, and staff, you are invited to engage, be challenged, and grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally.”
Oluwadamilola “Lola” Sosanya
President, Associated Students of Seattle Pacific
ASSP leadership team, 2016-17

Meet the 2016–17 ASSP officers

The 2016–17 Associated Students of Seattle Pacific Officer Core, elected by students, is the most diverse officer core in Seattle Pacific history.

Top row, left to right:  Shongi Motsi, vice president of ministries; Mara Kramer, executive vice president; Nathan Bennett, vice president of finance.

Bottom row, left to right: Jess Sloan, vice president of intercultural affairs; Lola Sosanya, president; and Bilen Yitbarek, vice president of campus activities.