Student Diversity Center (SDC)
The Student Diversity Center (SDC) was established in 1996 following student petitions for an on-campus space that would encourage exploration of personal and group identity, informal gathering, and educational programming. The Center remains a largely student-governed endeavor, with support from the Associate Director for Student Services and the Division of Student Affairs.
Everyone is Welcome!
All students at Puget Sound are welcome to participate in the Center. Member groups historically have been under-represented in higher education and/or under-represented at the University of Puget Sound. Campus student groups may petition the SDC Governing Council for membership in the Center. Petitions must be presented in person at a Governing Council meeting.
The Diversity Center's regular hours are Monday through Friday, Noon to 10 p.m. Feel free to stop by during those hours to hang out, do homework, watch TV, browse the library, or check the calendar for upcoming events. Everyone is welcome!
The SDC offers student success through development of programs that honor the wide range of students' ethnicities, races, genders, religions, and sexual orientations; collaboration among student groups; and integration of students into the campus learning community.
The Center promotes students':
- Informed engagement with self and others in order to build a community of civility and respect as a part of humanity in the world
- Understanding of differences and commonalities
- Responsible and engaged citizenship in an increasingly global and multicultural world
The Student Diversity Center conducts student-directed activities featuring groups that historically have been underrepresented in higher education and/or at the University of Puget Sound. All students at Puget Sound are welcome to participate in Center-sponsored activities.
The objectives of the Center are to:
- Provide a supportive environment in which to gather informally as well as a resource library and study and meeting space
- Sponsor programs designed to strengthen students' abilities to live in harmony in our increasingly diverse campus and world
- Advocate pride and promote community among the groups
- Maintain a monthly calendar of activities sponsored and/or endorsed by the groups
- Educate the entire campus about these groups and their issues by sponsoring programs and lectures and by supporting Diversity Theme Year and other special events
- Foster cooperation and communication with campus and Tacoma community groups
The Diversity Center Library is open during hours when the Center is staffed by one of the coordinators. Call to check if someone is available to help you with any questions. Books are available for check out for up to two weeks.