The Office of Intercultural Engagement

Our newly renovated SDC and SJC (Social Justice Center) houses are located on 13th & Lawrence. They are directly across from the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement (The Yellow House), and are blue and sage colored, respectively.

Check out the new Student Diversity Centers in this virtual tour!

Our mission

The Office of Intercultural Engagement works to promote a supportive learning environment for all students, specifically those from underrepresented identities & backgrounds (including, but not limited to: to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, documentation status, and first-generation). The services provided by the OIE strive to enhance personal and intercultural awareness, understanding, and skills to contribute to the University of Puget Sound’s values of inclusion and equity.

Students, staff, and faculty contribute to diversity at the University of Puget Sound

Each person’s race, ethnicity, culture, spiritual or religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, abilities, amongst a myriad of other identities, contribute to an individual’s sense of self and place. The OIE believes in the importance of cultivating individual identities, solidarity within shared identities, allyship across identities, as well as the need for intercultural education- the sharing of knowledge and learning across diverse groups.

Commitment to equity and social justice

OIE works in partnership with faculty, staff, and students to provide opportunities that advocate for self-discovery and awareness, reflection, understanding difference, and collective action toward inclusion.  Programs and resources include coordination of the Student Diversity Center and Social Justice Center; Sexuality Issues, Relationships, and Gender Education (SIRGE); the Intercultural Explorations Group; support for identity-based student organizations; and, implementation of educational and social programs to promote intercultural learning, community-building, and social justice.