Latreia hosts student learning and service events
with World Relief
Connecting SPU’s students with local service opportunities,
Latreia partnered with World Relief for a Teach-In
and Coloring Night event in October, which examined
the realities of immigrants living in detention centers.
An in-person service event was held in January at World
Relief’s Community Garden in Kent. On-campus students
helped World Relief create kitchen kits for newly arriving
refugee families in February. Latreia is facilitated by
student leaders under the mentorship of John Perkins
Center staff and partnered with the Associated Students
of Seattle Pacific.
Urban Involvement links students to volunteer
Under the auspices of the John Perkins Center, Urban
Involvement connected student leaders to serve meals
weekly at Pike Place Community Dinners and Emerald
City Commons, and for a one-time clothing distribution
with Bridge Care Center. Students provided virtual one-on-one academic support for students at Neighborhood
House and Empowering Youth & Families Outreach.
Other opportunities for leadership occurred at WA-BLOC,
a nonprofit addressing racism through academic and
social justice programs.
Professor Munyi Shea
The School of Education’s
Munyi Shea, associate professor
of counselor education and an
author of the Asian American
Bullying Awareness Campaign,
collaborated with the American
Psychological Association Anti-
Asian Discrimination Task Force. Together, they published a set of public
service announcements, including infographics and short
films, for APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans)
coping with COVID-19-related discrimination. Asian Americans continue to be blamed for
the pandemic, and a July 2020 report from
the Pew Research Center found that, since
the coronavirus outbreak, Asian and Black
Americans are more likely than other groups
to report negative experiences because of their
race or ethnicity.
Local veterans thanked
SPU students, faculty, and staff celebrated Veterans Day
by writing postcards of thanks and appreciation for the
military service of the 300 veterans at the Port Orchard
Veterans Home and Transitional Housing facility.