• Sonora Jha, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Community & Professor, Communications, 206.296.5347
  • Karen Bystrom, Director of Marketing & Communications, Arts & Sciences, 206.296.2814

Social Justice, Inclusion and Intersectionality

Bringing the mission to the moment

In his 2017 Arts and Sciences Convocation remarks, Dean David Powers identified how we live the social justice part of our mission and identity today as a priority for the College, as well as Seattle University. He said, “I believe that now is a time to stand more firmly within our mission rather than shy away from it in the face of cultural and political headwinds.”

He continued, “Racism, religious discrimination, sexism, heterosexism and income disparity, these intersectional issues are at the heart of social injustice today. Addressing these issues is central to our mission, and I think we need to avoid the current cultural trap of seeing these issues, and particularly racism only as ‘out there’ and not as ‘in here’.”

As a College, we will be exploring matters of social justice, inclusion, and intersectionality together. This page will be a place where we can share resources and events with one another and highlight some of the ongoing work that faculty and staff have been doing in our College. Everyone is encouraged to submit links to articles and other information and events, both on and off campus, that can help us all learn more.

A multi-ethnic group of Seattle University students


This section is available to share resources and information that will help us all further our work regarding social justice, inclusion and intersectionality. Please send proposed content to Dr. Sonora Jha and Karen Bystrom.

 An Ignatian Witness to Truth: SU’s Mission and Racial Justice
  • November 13, 2017

A group of 55 SU faculty and staff participated in this event, co-sponsored by the Center for Jesuit Education and the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. They shared a robust and productive discussion, which centered around the article and presentation given by Bryan Massingale, Professor at Fordham, who invites us to see the very heart of Jesuit Education as the work of changing consciousness about racial injustice.  Watch or read Massingale’s talk. The article can also be found in the print edition of “Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education” magazine.

Bryan Massingale presented his talk at the Commitment to Justice Conference held at Seattle University in August 2017.  The other conference keynote addresses from Eboo Patel, Founder of the Interfaith Youth Corps, and Simone Campbell, of NETWORK are also available online.

The Cost of Balancing Academia and Racism
  • Jan. 21, 2016, The Atlantic, by Adrienne Green

Researchers say that discrimination at colleges and universities may have negative impacts on black students’ mental health. Read the article.

An African American woman graduating from Seattle University in 2015


This is a space for sharing events that provide additional educational opportunities, both on campus and in the community. All regular on campus events posted on the master calendar will be automatically included. If you would like to submit additional events, send the following to Karen Bystrom.

  • Name of event
  • Date, time
  • Link to more information

Links to the events sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Office of Multicultural Affairs are provided as additional content on this page.

February 20, 5:30 -7:15 p.m., Seattle University Student Center 160, LeRoux Room

Black & Brown Panel: What it Means to Be a Person of Color in the Workplace. Tickets available online.  The Black & Brown Panel is hosted by the African American Alumni Chapter at Seattle University (AAAC@SU) for members of the community to discuss topics and issues relevant to the black and brown community of Seattle University. During our first panel in February we will hear from individuals in the greater Seattle community about what it means to be a person of color in the workplace.

February 20, 6-8:30 p.m., Casey Atrium

Student Advocacy and Activism on the Seattle University Campus, Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work’s Social Justice Teach-In.

February 26, 6 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium

Black History Month: The Blood is at the Doorstep, Film screening with Maria Hamilton, Founder of Mothers for Justice. Reading: Eulogy for the Martyred Children. Sponsored by Global African Studies.

February 26, 6-8 p.m., Chardin 124

Allyship in the Age of Islamophobia Workshop. This workshop goes over the basics of Islam, stereotypes about the Muslim community bystander intervention, tools to address Islamophobia, accessibility needs of Muslim people, discussion on the Islamophobia Industry, and action items to support the Muslim community. MSA members will also share some of their personal experiences. Following the workshop, participants receive tools specially curated for continued self-education and solidarity with the Muslim community. All are welcome to attend. Sliding scale fee, register here. Hosted by the Muslim Student Association.

March 3, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Casey Commons

11th Annual Giving Voice to Experience Conference, sponsored by the Master of Arts in Psychology

April 17, 6-8:30 p.m., Casey Atrium

Displacement (The intersections of gentrification, immigration, and incarceration), Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work’s Social Justice Teach-In.

May 2 - August 31, ADAL, Kinsey Gallery

Imagining the World Photo Competition, opening reception May 2 at 5 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 6 p.m.

May 10-20, Lee Center for the Arts

How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes, Seattle U Theatre Department and Sojourn Theatre. Information and tickets.

May 22, 6-8:30 p.m., Casey Atrium

Welfare and Economic Inequality: The Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work’s year-long series of Social Justice Teach-Ins.

May 25, 2018, 6 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

Africa Day Celebration: Harp Performance and Keynote, Professor Lisa Beckley-Roberts, Jackson State University. Reading: The Days to Come. Co-sponsored by Global African Studies and the Department of Performing Arts & Arts Leadership.

Events - Office of Diversity & Inclusion