Timeline of Diversity at SPU

“The time is ripe for looking back over the day, the week, the year, and trying to figure out where we have come from and where we are going to, for sifting through the things we have done and the things we have left undone for a clue to who we are and who, for better or worse, we are becoming.” — Frederick Buechner

people walking over a pedestrian bridge

Remembrance and Witness: A Seattle Pacific Diversity Timeline explores how Seattle Pacific has engaged and experienced diversity over time. As a permanent display in the Weter Memorial Hall student lounge, it is our hope that Remembrance and Witness will be a helpful tool for faculty, staff, and students to engage in critical reflection and discussion around issues of diversity at SPU and to take next steps toward institutional change. 

Beginning with the 1855 Point Elliot Treaty and continuing forward to the present day, the timeline narrative is interspersed with major events around the world for historical context, as well as events specifically impacting the engagement and experience of diversity in the U.S. Themes of the engagement and experience of diversity emerging throughout SPU’s narrative are highlighted by the timeline’s nine sections.

The ensuing narrative brings cause both for celebration of our progress and growing commitment to the work of diversity, and for lament and repentance as we confess that our story is marked by failings to act redemptively in response to relational and systemic injustice.  We invite you to join us as we live into our ongoing calling to be a reconciled community, rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.