Diversity & Multicultural Programs

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 or her 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.

Office of Intercultural Engagement (OIE) at the University of Puget Sound is committed to enhancing intercultural awareness and creating a learning environment in which the entire campus community feels welcomed and respected.  Our staff provide 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; and students of various spiritual backgrounds. 

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.

The Puget Sound community affirms and values the diversity of our students.  Please call, send us email, or come see us at any time.