Seattle Pacific University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion for our undergraduate and graduate students, welcoming and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students in all academic pursuits, faith practices, and life together in community.
As a Christian university affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, the SPU Board of Trustees’ leadership has established a traditional position on human sexuality with respect to the employment of faculty and staff. Held in tension with this historic view is the acknowledgment that diversity of opinion and conviction exists among our campus community.
As gender identity and sexual orientation is a vital part of many of our students’ identities, we strive to have your voices inform these conversations so that we may live in community with respect and support.
Support for LGBTQ students at SPU
Creating a safe, respectful place
We are committed to respectful and compassionate listening, particularly for our students who have experienced fear, pain, or rejection around sexuality and identity. Our desire is that all students who join our community find this to be a place of safety, respect, and love.
SPU condemns any hate or violence directed toward LGBTQ people.
- Anti-bias policy: Bias-related incidents include any physical, spoken, visual, or written acts of abuse, harassment, intimidation, or vulgarity toward another person because of actual or perceived defining characteristics, whether intentional or unintentional. The University seeks to support individuals who have experienced bias-related incidents, educate the campus community about the harmful effects of bias, and hold individuals accountable for violations of University policy.
- Reporting discrimination: SPU takes any reports of discrimination, mistreatment, or bias very seriously. Students can safely report bias-related incidents that they experience or witness here.
Committing to engagement
At Seattle Pacific, we pledge ourselves, with humility and conviction, to live as best we know how in loving relationship with Jesus Christ and in faithful service to others. This we believe to be the defining center of our lives and the guiding aspiration of our life in community.
With this in mind, SPU seeks to be a place where LGBTQ students are treated with acceptance and respect. While we recognize the complexity of current issues surrounding LGBTQ gender identity and sexual orientation, SPU desires to engage these conversations with humility and care.