Student Diversity Center (SDC)

The Student Diversity Center (SDC) moved locations. 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.

Our new physical address is: 3216 N. 13th St., Tacoma, WA. We can't wait for you all to see and enjoy our new space!

Background

The Student Diversity Centers (SDC & Social Justice Center, SJC) support student success through programs and shared spaces that bring awareness to, honor, and uplift the wide range of students' identities at UPS. Though open to all who strive for equity and inclusion, the SDCs especially serve students who identify as historically underrepresented by way of ethnicity, race, gender, religion, documentation status, socioeconomic class, first generation (in higher education), and sexual orientation. The SDC encourages solidarity within shared identities; collaboration amongst diverse student groups; and recognizes the importance of communal spaces for historically marginalized/minoritized persons.

Objectives

  • Provide a supportive environment in which to gather informally as well as a resource library, study, meeting, and event space
  • Sponsor programs designed to strengthen students' abilities to engage both critically and inclusively across difference
  • Advocate pride and promote community among group identities
  • Maintain a monthly calendar of activities sponsored and/or endorsed by the groups
  • Educate the greater campus community about diverse groups and their respective issues by sponsoring programs, lectures, and other special events
  • Foster engagement within campus and the greater Tacoma community

Library/Resources

The Student Diversity Center Library is open during hours when the SDC 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.


Learn more about SDC By-Laws, including Governance & Staffing, Membership and Budget.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Main entrances, as well as the centers themselves, are ADA accessible.

SDC & SJC Spaces

The SDC and SJC house the following:
SDC Living Room
SDC Conference Room
SDC Library/Office
SDC ADA accessible, full bathroom (with shower)

Covered Patio Space between both centers

SJC Great Room
SJC Meditation & Prayer Room
SJC Full-Kitchen

Reservations

If you would like to reserve the Student Diversity Center or Social Justice Center for a group, meeting, or event please contact us at x4044 or diversitycenter@pugetsound.edu.

We have spaces/rooms that accommodate small (2-5 persons), medium (6-10), and large groups (20-30). 

Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. *Priority goes to student organizations that have historically been served by the SDC.

Previous Programs & Activities

Asian Awareness Month
AIDS Awareness Day
Black History Month
Diversity Game Nights
Hispanic Heritage Month
Identity and Privilege Forums
Jewish Theme Month
Kristallnacht International
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
National Coming Out Day
Women's History Month