Timeline of Diversity at SPU

Front (top) and back (bottom) of display in Weter Hall.

Remembrance & Witness: A Seattle Pacific Diversity Timeline explores how Seattle Pacific has engaged and experienced diversity over time. The timeline is divided into nine thematic sections where entries about Seattle Pacific are interspersed with local, national, and global events that give further context for the time period. Language describing social categories throughout the timeline is taken directly from source material in order to be reflective of that historical moment. 

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. It is our hope that the project 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 continue taking steps toward institutional change.

Remembrance & Witness is located in the Weter Memorial Hall student lounge as a permanent display, and is also available below in an online format.

Remembrance & Witness online

Navigate the online timeline by (1) scrolling entry by entry using the right-facing chevron, or (2) clicking and dragging along the timeline at the bottom of the frame and selecting entries by title. 

Use the magnifying glass icons on the left to expand and compress the layout of the lower timeline. Use the back arrow to return to the beginning.


Principle researcher and writer: Teylar Greer, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Seattle Pacific University, 2018–2019
Thank you to all who have contributed their time, as well as their intellectual and emotional labor, to the work of diversity at Seattle Pacific. It is an honor to tell this story.