JPC Fall 2020

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JPC Fall 2020 Highlights

For fall 2020, the John Perkins Center is providing ways to stay connected to community development and reflect on reconciliation at work. As a center that helps students with community engagement through growth and discipleship in areas of reconciliation and community development, we hope students will develop connection with local area organizations, as well as our community partners abroad.

Virtual Support to Community Partners

Students can learn from student leader voices and experiences, as well as about our work with community partners. Follow Latreia and Urban Involvement for opportunities this quarter for teach-ins and virtual support opportunities with our community partners. As we start fall quarter, while we will not have in-person service opportunities with our community partners at this time, yet there may be virtual support opportunities. If you are interested in possibilities to serve in this way, please contact Ashlee' Thomas, coordinator for local community engagement:

  • Urban Involvement: UI does have virtual opportunities for students to engage with the greater Seattle area. Check out Urban Involvement for more information and email questions to Ashlee' Thomas. 
  • Latreia: This fall Latreia hopes to provide teach-in opportunities. Please check Latreia for more information and email questions to Ashlee' Thomas.

SPRINT: Global Engagement 

If you are interested in global engagement, connect with SPRINT on Instagram, Engage, and Facebook. For more information email SPRINT.

  • Global Engagement Talks: SPRINT will host professors and community partners to answer questions about organizations and how students can engage in a global topic (immigration, philanthropy, justice, environment, etc.). 
  • Colombia Partner Connection: SPRINT will check in quarterly with our global partner, Guillermo, and learn about community engagement in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Community Groups

In Context hosts groups welcoming students, faculty and staff to come together for 6 weeks to discuss focuses such as white privilege and deconstruction of race. If you are interested in learning more about In Context, contact Patti Fong,

  • Fall In Context:  Sign up for a 5-week workshop on the history and present reality of racism, with a goal to foster safe space for the SPU community to engage. Fall Quarter, Fridays, Oct. 9 - Nov. 6 from 3:30-4:45 pm, register at this link

Academic Partnerships

The Perkins Center is partnering with faculty in the classroom to integrate intentional experiences and exploration around community engagement and conversations on race.

  • In fall quarter, JPC staff will be supporting faculty with conversations on race in a few University Colloquium sections, as well as integrating exploration on community engagement in University Foundations. 

JPC Newsletter

The Perkins Center sends out a weekly newsletter during the academic quarter sharing opportunities and highlights from the campus and the Seattle community engaging reconciliation and community development. Request to sign-up for the newsletter by emailing:

JPC Drop-In 

We recognize that in this season, students you are unable to drop into the JPC office, to sit, grab a snack and hang out. So we want to create a time of connection to gather in JPC space through a weekly JPC Drop-In time on Zoom, on Tuesdays, 12:00 - 1:30 pm. 

See University Ministries for other spaces and opportunities for connection and spiritual growth for Fall 2020. 

In this season we are still practicing safety and health with virtual and alternative social distant opportunities. The Perkins Center is excited to explore this creative season of community engagement.


Spring 2020 the Perkins Center invited campus to reflect on spaces where they find hope in community during the onset of the COVID season. On April 21, chapel focused on developing a lens to see hope in action within our communities, as the JPC team invited campus to create a presence on social media using the tag #JPCHopeinAction, highlighting "hope in action" from their communities. 


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Orientation Weekend is for all incoming students, allowing them to prepare for the year ahead — and have lots of fun!