Professional Development

Starting in 2019–20, the Office of Inclusive Excellence hosts an annual diversity lecture to provoke thought, extend conversations, and inform current practices related to our university-wide diversity efforts. The series will bring thought leaders to campus who can inspire and challenge us to engage the theological, cultural, and institutional aspects of this work. This annual event is part of a larger effort to establish community rhythms that focus on learning together and living into our diversity commitments as a university.

Watch the February 2, 2021 lecture with Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Mae Elise Cannon, and Randy Woodley. 

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming 2021-22 lecture. 

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Workshop Series is a three-part professional development plan designed to equip employees with the habits of mind and tools to address diversity-related matters on campus and contribute positively to a culture of belonging at SPU. The series is guided by a belief that employees are better able to increase their diversity competencies when they have opportunity to develop this knowledge and skillset within the context of their professional roles. Upon completion of the series, we encourage participants to apply their learning to real-life situations on campus by working collaboratively towards the development of a department-level diversity action plan.

Diversity 101: Exploring the What, Why, and How of Diversity at SPU

Required of all new employees/Open to all employees

What do we mean by “diversity” at SPU, and why does it even matter? This introductory professional development workshop is divided into three parts and provides a shared language and framework for SPU employees to move forward productively in the work of diversity. Part I (the what) seeks to move participants from a narrow understanding of diversity that focuses on visible aspects of our social identities to a more complex understanding that includes an awareness of how institutional biases can reproduce group-based inequities. Part II (the why) examines SPU’s biblically-informed rationale for this work and introduces participants to Seattle Pacific’s diversity timeline to provide context for current engagement around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Part III (the how) provides an overview of the role and function of the Office of Inclusive Excellence and resources available to employees. The workshop concludes with a call to action for participants to commit to continued learning and engagement in SPU’s DEI efforts.

2021-22 Offerings 

  • Thursday, September 30, 2021, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Cremona 101. Register on Percipio (formerly Skillsoft) here.
  • Thursday, January 27, 2022, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Cremona 101. Register on Percipio (formerly Skillsoft) here.
  • Thursday, April 14, 2022, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Cremona 102. Register on Percipio (formerly Skillsoft) here.

Diversity 102: Understanding Our Social Identities in the Context of Christian Community

Open to all employees/Prerequisite: Diversity 101

How do our social identities affect the way that we view ourselves and others? In this 1-hour intermediate level workshop, participants have an opportunity to reflect on and discuss aspects of their social identities and explore the connection between becoming culturally self-aware and culturally responsive. Participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how their social identities shape the lenses they bring to the workplace, the barriers to truly hearing and understanding one another's positions and values, and the opportunities made available in Christian community to embrace, value, and engage differences with competence and care.

2021-22 Offerings

  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 12–1 p.m. Cremona 102. Register on Percipio (formerly Skillsoft) here.
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Zoom (link provided after registration). Register on Percipio here.
  • Thursday, April 21, 2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Zoom (link provided after registration). Register on Percipio here.

Diversity 103: Becoming a Faith-Formed Inclusive Community

Open to all employees/Prerequisite: Diversity 102

This 1-hour advanced workshop provides an opportunity for participants to play the role of diversity detectives who discover clues to help SPU become a more diversity-aware, equity-focused, and welcoming campus community. Join this interactive workshop and bring your sleuthing skills to uncover the biases and normalized aspects of institutional life that can remain hidden to the untrained eye. The workshop incorporates a brainstorming technique that encourages participants to identify and approach existing barriers with new solutions. Participants will conclude the session by identifying what bold steps they might take, individually and collectively, to strengthen SPU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

2021-22 Offerings

  • Thursday, February 17, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Zoom (link provided after registration). Register on Percipio here.
  • Thursday, April 28, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Zoom (link provided after registration). Register on Percipio here
Open to supervisors

This workshop provides practical strategies for navigating difficult conversations in the workplace around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Participants explore common examples of difficult dialogues; examine how past experiences, biases, and fears can trigger unproductive responses; and acquire tools to turn challenging situations into opportunities for growth. This session is intended for supervisors who want to learn how to communicate across differences more productively and with less stress and anxiety.

2021-22 Offerings

  • Tuesday, February 22, 12–1 p.m. Zoom (link provided after registration). Register on Percipio here.
  • Tuesday, May 10, 12–1 p.m. Zoom (link provided after registration). Register on Percipio here.

For hiring managers, search committees, and departments

Are you wondering how to develop a diversity-aware strategy for hiring? Do you want to become more aware of unconscious assumptions that can lead to biased outcomes in the hiring process? The Office of Inclusive Excellence can provide strategies and guidelines for hiring managers to use at various stages of the search process.

Upcoming Search Advocate Training Sessions in 2021-22:

  • Part A: Wednesday, September 1st, 1-5 p.m.
  • Part B: Thursday, September 23rd, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Part C: Monday, October 5th, 1-2 p.m.
  • Part D: Tuesday, February 8th, 2-3 p.m.

Please contact us if you are interested in attending one of these training sessions or to request more information. Learn more about SPU's Search Advocate program here.

For faculty and instructional staff members

Looking to incorporate strategies into your teaching and course design to foster an inclusive classroom environment? Schedule an appointment to receive feedback and suggestions for designing your syllabus as a tool for inclusive teaching and learning. 

For academic deans/associate deans, department chairs, and program directors

Want to become a more inclusive academic leader? Schedule an appointment to meet with the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence to explore your role in setting the direction for diversity progress. We will use the self-assessment developed by Edna Chun and Alvin Evans (The Department Chair as Transformative Leader: Building Inclusive Learning Environments in Higher Education) to identify your current efforts and future opportunities to embed diversity considerations into the following domains: classroom, curriculum, research agenda, departmental climate, recruitment and hiring of diverse faculty, retention of faculty of color, and student development. Participants will receive a copy of the Chun and Evan’s book.

Schedule a one-hour session.

For departments

This program, which includes guided instruction and individual coaching, walks departments through the planning process from conceptualization to development of a diversity action plan. Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to submit their department-level diversity action plans for consideration for seed-grant funding.

Schedule a one-hour training.

For faculty and staff of color

The purpose of these quarterly events is to provide a point of connection with the Office of Inclusive Excellence and an opportunity for faculty and staff of color to network with colleagues across campus. 

2021-22 Schedule

  • Thursday, October 28, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Royal Brougham Pavilion Hendricks Falcon Lounge. Register here by October 22.
  • Thursday, January 20, 12–1:30 p.m. (immediately following MLK Chapel). Royal Brougham Pavilion Hendricks Falcon Lounge.
  • Friday, April 22, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Royal Brougham Pavilion Hendricks Falcon Lounge.

The Office of Inclusive Excellence is available to consult with students, staff, and faculty on diversity-related matters, with the goal of seeking solutions and identifying resources for further learning.

The Office of Inclusive Excellence is also available to make presentations to classes, departments, or student groups. Topics might include, but are not limited to incorporating diversity into the curriculum, completing the Departmental Readiness Evaluation, planning a diversity-related program or event, facilitating difficult conversations, or addressing a diversity incident.

Schedule a 30-minute45-minute, or 60-minute consultation, or send an email to inquire about a classroom visit or to request a particular presentation topic.

The Race and Pedagogy Community of Practice (CoP) provides a supportive environment where faculty can experiment with new approaches to teaching and learning, share successes and challenges, and work collaboratively to design of a set of deliverables (e.g., lesson plans, pedagogical tools, facilitation guides, PowerPoint presentations) that can be shared with faculty across campus. The CoP will be offered annually to scale efforts, and the deliverables from each cohort will be shared in an online compendium of resources. Visit the OIEX Race and Pedagogy CoP Wiki to see examples from the 2021 Spring Quarter cohort.