The Office of Intercultural Engagement

Our Mission

The Office of Intercultural Engagement works to promote an inclusive learning environment for all students; specifically for those from underrepresented populations (according to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity) at Puget Sound. The support services and resources in OIE enhance intra-cultural and intercultural awareness and skills to foster student engagement with institutional values of multiculturalism and civic leadership.

Find out more about our services by viewing the Brochure.

Students, staff, and faculty bring many kinds 
of diversity to the Puget Sound community. 

Each person’s race, ethnicity, spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, family circumstances, age, socioeconomic status, and geographic region combine in unique ways to form his, her, or their identity.  Multiculturalism empowers us to explore and recognize the equal human worth of individuals and distinctive groups of people.  On our campus, this means challenging ourselves and one another to move outside our comfort zones, to take small and large risks, to take action.

The Office of Intercultural Engagement (OIE) is committed to enhancing intercultural awareness and creating a learning environment in which everyone feels welcome and respected.

Our staff provides resources and support for all students interested in exploring multicultural issues.  We work in particular to support the needs of students of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students; women; first generation college students; and students of various spiritual backgrounds, ability, and documentation status.  

College is typically a time when students begin 
or continue exploring their cultural heritage. 

OIE works in partnership with faculty, staff and students to provide learning opportunities that promote self-discovery and reflection.  Programs and resources include coordination of the Student Diversity Center; Sexuality Issues, Relationships, and Gender Education (SIRGE); support for multicultural student organizations; development of leadership and service opportunities; availability of print and online multicultural resources; and coordination of a variety of educational and social programs to promote cross-cultural learning and social justice. 

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with our programs and resources. We also encourage you to explore the Student Diversity Center (SDC) and consider joining one of our many student organizations. As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch.

Programs

OIE offers a number of year-round programs, including sexual health and gender education, multicultural competency and recognition, and graduation celebrations.

Resources

OIE provides students with the resources they need for a successful college experience. Learn about our information, training and funding opportunities.

Student Diversity Center

Learn more about the Student Diversity Center (SDC), its history, objectives, Governing Council, and member organizations.

Student Organizations

OIE works with over a dozen student-led cultural heritage and social justice organizations. Find a group that interests you and learn how to get involved.