Office of Intercultural Engagement Programs

The programs and resources provided by the Office of Intercultural Engagement (OIE) focuses on supporting students of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students; women; students of different faiths, and all students interested in diversity issues.

Staff members coordinate advising for many student cultural groups as well as a variety of educational and social activities promoting cross-cultural awareness.

The Office of Intercultural Engagement (OIE) offers a series of campus lectures focused on issues of cultural awareness and identity per semester; past performances include feminist and queer activist, author, and poet Stacy Ann Chin and Syrian Hip Hop artist Omar Offendum. In addition to our speakers, students can submit proposals to receive funding for multicultural programs. Applicants must be of student standing (undergraduate or graduate), support campus engagement with multicultural issues, and utilize multiple fundraising resources.

OIE also provides mentoring opportunities for exploring a career in Student Affairs through the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators' NASPA Undergraduate Fellowship Program.

Examples of our programs include:


Puget Sound invites educators, city council people, and founders of important rights groups to join in our annual recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Additionally, the Puget Sound community comes together to participate in this important Day of Service. For more information on this year's program, please read more.

Recognition of the Japanese American Internment during WWII is also a part of our campus community. In 1942, thirty students enrolled at the University of Puget Sound were ordered to internment camps. In remembrance of this event in campus and our nation’s history, we display the names of these students beneath the cherry trees outside of the Wheelock Student Center. For more information about this commemoration, please read more.


Sexuality Issues, Relationships and Gender Education (SIRGE) is a special programming position responsible for facilitating programs that address issues of sexuality and sexual identity, healthy relationships, sexual assault prevention and gender. These programs include:

Take Back The Night, a three-day event constructed to empower those who have felt powerless with a candlelight vigil geared to support victims of sexual assault and rape.

Green Dot, a comprehensive approach to violence prevention at Puget Sound. The power of Green Dot is a simple shared vision, manifested through individual choices, to create a cultural change toward intolerance of violence, specifically, but not limited to, power-based personal violence, including sexual violence, partner violence, and/or stalking.

To learn how to get involved with these and other SIRGE programs, please read more.


During Commencement Weekend, the University hosts two events held in high esteem by and of great importance to the campus community and the Student Diversity Center: the Graduates of Color Celebration and the Lavender Graduates Celebration.  These events represent the university’s commitment to recognizing the unique struggles that LGBT students and students of color face in society and on campus, and acknowledge their great achievements as they graduate from Puget Sound.