Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides leadership for the work of diversity at Seattle Pacific University. Established in July 2017, the ODEI is the culmination of earlier efforts to more deeply integrate diversity goals into the fabric of the institution.

At Seattle Pacific, we believe that every person who comes to our campus is made in the image of God and called according to God’s purpose. We ground the work of diversity in the gospel of Jesus Christ, pursuing diversity as an aspect of our calling to be a reconciled community.

ODEI News

New Diversity Timeline in Weter Hall January 31

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to an SPU diversity timeline viewing reception on Thursday, January 31, 3-4:30 p.m. in the Weter Hall Student Lounge. Take this opportunity to grab a snack and coffee and spend an afternoon break networking with colleagues and view key moments in Seattle Pacific’s history that inform our current diversity efforts. ODEI staff will be available to answer questions.

SPU Welcomes Pastor, Author Daniel Hill January 29

On Tuesday, January 29, 2019, Pastor Daniel Hill will speak in chapel at 11:10 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church (FFMC). Pastor Hill is the founding pastor of River City Community Church (RCCC), a vibrant, multiethnic church in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, and author of White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White. We encourage you to join us on January 29 to hear Pastor Hill’s story and his heart for reconciliation. We fully expect his message to be an encouragement as we continue to pursue diversity as an aspect of our calling to be a reconciled community.

Next Seed Grant Applications Due February 15

As a reminder, the Winter 2019 application cycle for Diversity Seed Grants opened on January 1 with a submission deadline of February 15. If your department is developing a diversity initiative that will contribute to one or more of SPU’s diversity goals, please consider submitting an application.

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Meet the VP for diversity, equity, and inclusion

“The gospel promise and hope of restorative unity and wholeness are foundational to the ongoing work of diversity at Seattle Pacific University ...We confess our shortcomings and collectively seek wisdom for healing, restoration, and justice.”
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