Office of Inclusive Excellence

The Office of Inclusive Excellence (formerly Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) provides leadership for the work of diversity at Seattle Pacific University. The Office of Inclusive Excellence is the culmination of earlier efforts to more deeply integrate diversity goals into the fabric of the institution.


Vice Provost of Inclusive Excellence Sandra Mayo talks about what diversity means at Seattle Pacific University.

OIEX News

Autumn 2021 DEI Workshop Series

The schedule for the quarterly DEI Workshop Series is now available for Autumn 2021.

Autumn 2021 Diversity Seed Grant Application

The Diversity Seed Grant application for this autumn quarter opens on September 20, 2021. The application will be open until November 12, 2021.

New Cohort of Search Advocates 2021-22

We are pleased to welcome a new cohort of Search Advocates into our program for the 2021-22 academic year.

Becoming Brave Witnesses by Dr. Sandra Mayo

Dr. Sandra Mayo, vice provost of inclusive excellence, published a review of two relevant books in the most recent edition ​of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Magazine.


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“As a Christian university, we affirm the inherent dignity, beauty, and sanctity of Black lives and take responsibility for addressing patterns of behavior and thought that violate the image of God and dignity of Black personhood. As we continue to listen and learn, and as we lament the ways we have fallen short, we resolve to work across systems to ensure that acts of racism, overt and subtle, have no place at SPU.”
Sandra Mayo, Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence
June 2020 Listening Sessions Message
Flowers in front of SPU

Meet the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence

“From a posture of humility, we engage the complexities and tensions of diversity and we invite God’s presence as we pursue greater understanding and empathy across differences.”