Diversity Success Stories

Each month in the ODEI newsletter, we tell stories of faculty, staff, and students who are being encouraged, and sometimes challenged, in the ongoing work of diversity. Here are their stories. If you have a diversity success story to share, email odei@spu.edu.

June 2019

Jayne Hubbard '19, Director of SPU's Theatre and Music Departments' production of Violet

When I first read the full script for Violet, a musical by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley, I knew it was a story SPU needed to hear. The characters were specific, gritty, and diverse. This story of strong-willed Southerners traveling via Greyhound bus in 1964 features a tangible reality unlike anything else in the musical theatre canon. Continue reading here.

May 2019

Charity Osborn, Assistant Professor of Business Law

Three weeks into teaching graduate level Business Ethics for the very first time, I — a middle-aged white woman charged with educating 22 mostly full-time working professionals, only two of whom were white and American — casually tossed a metaphorical lit match over my shoulder.

“Have you ever experienced unconscious bias or been excluded as a result of in-group favoritism?”

A moment of silent incredulity, and then, the room erupted. Continue reading here.