Office of the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence

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Sandra Mayo was SPU's first vice provost for inclusive excellence. Dr. Mayo provided leadership in Seattle Pacific University’s ongoing work of reconciliation by providing strategic opportunities to fulfill SPU’s institutional mission until she resigned from her position in May 2022.

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Meet Sandra Mayo

Dr. Mayo joined Seattle Pacific in July 2017 as vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion. In summer 2021, her position title changed to Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, and she served in this role until she resigned from her position in May 2022, totaling five years of service and leadership at SPU. With a doctorate from Claremont Graduate University, Dr. Mayo was formerly an associate professor and director of the doctoral program in educational leadership at Azusa Pacific University. She also served as associate dean for academic affairs in the APU School of Education, with primary responsibility for student academic support, curricular management, and faculty development. In her academic and administrative roles, Dr. Mayo has long focused on social justice, diversity, and equity. Her scholarly work has explored historical perspectives on racial disparities.

As a member of the leadership team, Dr. Mayo was part of SPU’s ongoing efforts to reflect the Kingdom of God in this community, living out the call to be reconcilers, and respecting each person’s humanity and uniqueness. In this role, Dr. Mayo focused on developing an integrated vision and shared responsibility for diversity at Seattle Pacific University. To this end, she worked collaboratively with, and served as, a resource for academic and administrative units on campus as they established, coordinated, and assessed their contributions to institutional diversity goals.

Recent publications

  • Richards Mayo, S. (2015). Chasing the “hounds of hell”: Howard Thurman's Jesus and the disinherited as a curriculum for racial justice and reconciliation. ICCTE Journal (A Journal of the International Christian Community for Teacher Education), 10(1).
  • Richards Mayo, S. (2016). ‘Where riotous difference is welcomed’: Reframing diversity conversations in education through a theological understanding of hospitality. In H. Lee & P. Kaak (Eds.), The Pedagogy of Shalom: Theory and Contemporary Issues of Faith-Based Education. Singapore: Springer.
  • Richards Mayo, S. (2017). Historical conundrums: Extending inclusivity to Jamaica’s children in state care. In S. Blackman & D. Conrad (Eds.). Historical and Contemporary Issues in Inclusive Education in the Caribbean. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

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SPU again ranked as a “Best National University”

For the fourth year in a row, SPU was named a “Best National University”  in U.S. News & World Report, as well as one of the top universities for campus ethnic diversity.

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Inclusive excellence

Learn more about the ongoing efforts to support the work of diversity at Seattle Pacific University.