The Logger Diversity Summit, is a half day training session geared toward engaging our student leaders on their role in shaping an inclusive living and learning community during fall orientation. Throughout the day, participants will learn about the structural composition and climate for diversity on campus, deconstruct dynamics of privilege, and explore their own personal identities in preparation for their roles to help other students in their campus transitions. It is our overall hope that our leaders will gain a deeper knowledge of multicultural issues on campus and ultimately translate that experience both on and off campus.
Since the first Diversity Summit in August of 2012, this program has become a signature feature of our leadership training model for student staffs across campus. Initiated by the Office of Intercultural Engagement (OIE) and Student Activities, the Diversity Summit showcases the strength of our institutional collaboration at Puget Sound. Multiple members of our faculty and staff support this initiative as volunteers on the Diversity Summit planning committee, serve as Diversity Summit small group facilitators, and advocate for continued trainings and workshops for the competencies and themes raised.
On August 22 over 200 of our student leaders participated in this year’s Diversity Summit, and over 30 faculty and staff volunteers contributed. Our theme for this gathering was multicultural competency among student leaders. Professor of History Nancy Bristow opened the Diversity Summit with comments based on her research on campus violence at Jackson State University during the civil rights era. Professor Bristow noted the long and significant history of oppression and activism on college campuses. Other session content included building awareness of campus demographics, exploring issues of power and agency through personal narrative, and conversations about the diversity course requirement proposed by the Faculty Committee on Diversity. Board of Trustees member, Puget Sound alumnus, and beloved community advocate, Lyle Quasim, ’70, closed our training by offering the story of his own involvement in issues of multiculturalism and social justice as a student, and later as a Tacoman. Mr. Quasim’s remarks sparked excitement about engaging our surrounding community.