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College of Arts and Sciences

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

Resources


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

Events


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 Institutional Inclusion and Office of Multicultural Affairs are provided as additional content on this page.

Student Advocacy and Activism
  • January 16, 6-8:30 p.m., Casey Atrium

The Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work’s year-long series of Social Justice Teach-Ins. ASSW students, staff, and faculty are working together in small groups to plan a series of social justice-related Teach-Ins, scheduled for throughout the 2017-2018 year.  Students, staff, and faculty from across the entire University are welcome to attend.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
  • January 18, 2018, 11 a.m., Pigott 101

Agents of Change, film screening with Professor Hank McGee. Reading: “Letter from Birmingham Jail" Sponsored by Global African Studies.

Unimagined Latin@s: Of Great Walls, Borders, Bridges and Dreams
  • January 18, 6 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

Presentations and poetry from top Seattle University and international Latin@ intellectuals, including Steven Bender, JD, Associate Dean, Seattle U Law School; Claudia Castro Luna, 2018 Washington State Poet Laureate and former Seattle Civic Poet; Natalie Cisneros, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy; Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, PhD, Professor, Modern Languages and Women & Gender Studies; Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, Professor, Theology and Religious Studies. Information: email Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs or Steven Bender.

Cosponsored by Seattle University School of Law, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Matteo Ricci College, College of Arts and Sciences, Women & Gender Studies, and Northwest Folklife.

Book Launch by New English Department Faculty Member Juan Reyes: A Summer's Lynching: a Novella in Thirteen Loops
  • January 23, 2018, 4-6 p.m., Casey Commons

Juan Carlos Reyes was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He's the product of a math degree, though only words hold his attention anymore. His book, A Summer's Lynching, won the Quarterly West 2016 novella prize, and his chapbook, Elements of a Bystander, won the 2016 Arcadia Press Chapbook Prize. His stories, poems and essays have appeared in Ascentos Review, KGB Lit, and Hawai’i Review, among others. He is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at Seattle University.

Freedom Day Celebration: Jesuit Catholic Universities: Sites of Liberation or Exploitation? 
  • February 1, 2018, 6 p.m., Casey Commons

Talk by Professor Thomas Murphy, SJ. Reading: Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution. Sponsored by Global African Studies.

Women Writing the Body: A Reading and Panel Discussion with Reagan Jackson, Sonora Jha, Theo Pauline Nestor, and Natalie Singer
  • February 8, 2018, 1:30 p.m., ADM 222

Expressing the experience of possessing a female body during patriarchy will be the subject of this afternoon of readings and discussion. How do women bring their bodies to the page? How do we articulate the life of our bodies within patriarchy while using the language of the patriarchy? How do we--in the words of writer Reagan Jackson--refuse to become our own enemies? Come hear short readings from Reagan Jackson, Sonora Jha, Theo Pauline Nestor, and Natalie Singer and let's engage in a thoughtful discussion of what it means for women writers to bring the body into their work.

Queer Trans Voices (Creative project)
  • February 20, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Casey Atrium

The Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work’s year-long series of Social Justice Teach-Ins. ASSW students, staff, and faculty are working together in small groups to plan a series of social justice-related Teach-Ins, scheduled for throughout the 2017-2018 year.  Students, staff, and faculty from across the entire University are welcome to attend.

Black History Month: The Blood is at the Doorstep
  • February 26, 2018, 6 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium

Film screening with Maria Hamilton, Founder of Mothers for Justice. Reading: Eulogy for the Martyred Children. Sponsored by Global African Studies.

Displacement (The intersections of gentrification, immigration, and incarceration)
  • April 17, 6-8:30 p.m., Casey Atrium

The Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work’s year-long series of Social Justice Teach-Ins. ASSW students, staff, and faculty are working together in small groups to plan a series of social justice-related Teach-Ins, scheduled for throughout the 2017-2018 year.  Students, staff, and faculty from across the entire University are welcome to attend.

How to End Poverty in 90 Days, Seattle U Theatre Department and Sojourn Theatre
  • May 10-20, 2018, Lee Center for the Arts

Information and tickets

Welfare and Economic Inequality
  • May 22, 6-8:30 p.m., Casey Atrium

The Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work’s year-long series of Social Justice Teach-Ins. ASSW students, staff, and faculty are working together in small groups to plan a series of social justice-related Teach-Ins, scheduled for throughout the 2017-2018 year.  Students, staff, and faculty from across the entire University are welcome to attend.

Contact

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

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