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.

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Autumn 2020 Diversity Seed Grant Application

The Diversity Seed Grant application for this autumn quarter opens on September 19, 2020. The application will be open until November 1, 2020. 

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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
“It is our individual and collective responsibility to recognize and address the various ways our procedures, beliefs, values, assumptions, and operations leading to, or have resulted in, racial hierarchies, inequities, and injustices – the presence of any one of these restricts our community’s ability to flourish and inhibits our mission fulfillment. To accomplish this means we are more than a community that commits to not being racist; to one that embodies and operationalizes what it means to be anti-racist – eradicating racism and all of its evil effects.”
Daniel J. Martin, President
2020 State of the University Address
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.”