Community Invited to Join SPU in “Day of Common Learning”

Every year, the students, faculty, and staff of Seattle Pacific University set aside a day to study one topic, and the public is invited to join the conversation. This year’s theme for the “Day of Common Learning” on Wednesday, October 16, is “Helping Youth Flourish,” and will focus on community partnerships between families and institutions that help young people thrive.

SPU will also be screening a documentary about the struggle young girls face around the world to receive an education. “Girl Rising” will be shown at 1 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to campus. Co-sponsoring the screening are Global Washington, World Vision, and Seattle’s First Free Methodist Church.

An array of seminars will be offered in the afternoon beginning at 1 p.m., including topics about stereotype threat, substance abuse, special education, and academic success. For more information and location of the seminars, visit the website.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Thomas Maridada, director of National Education Policy, Practice, and Strategic Initiatives for the Children’s Defense Fund. From teacher, principal, and superintendent to one of the country’s most sought-after education leaders, Maridada has acted as a “school turn-around specialist” for challenging schools and districts in the country.
The keynote lecture, the seminars, and the film screening are open to the public. Royal Brougham Pavilion is located at 3414 Third Avenue West across from the SPU campus. This event is free and wheelchair accessible. To request disability accommodation, contact 206-281-2272, TTY 206-281-2224, or

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University is a premier Christian university that equips people to engage the culture and change the world. Its comprehensive academic program serves more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Known for both their competence and character, SPU graduates are bringing about positive change in communities around the globe.

Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013