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SDC History

SDC History

The Student Diversity Center was established in 1996 following student petitions for an on-campus space that would encourage exploration of personal & group identity. In 2016, the SDC was expanded, renovated, and joined by the Social Justice Center (SJC) in response & support of student organizing


Everyone is Welcome!

Everyone is Welcome!

All students at Puget Sound are welcome to participate and utilize the SDC & SJC. The SDC especially serves as a frequent meeting, community, and event space for student member groups/organizations that are historically underrepresented in higher education/at UPS.


Stop By

Stop By

The SDC & SJC hours are Monday through Sunday, 8am-10pm. Feel free to stop by during those hours to hang out, do homework, watch TV, meditate/pray in the SJC, browse the library, or check the calendar for upcoming events in these spaces!

Student Diversity Centers

The Student Diversity Center (SDC) and Social Justice Center (SJC) are located on 13th & Lawrence. They are directly across from the Center for Student Support (The Yellow House), and are blue and sage colored, respectively. Check them out through a virtual tour

Students living in Tacoma during the Fall 2020 semester may gather in the SDC or SJC in groups of five or less while wearing masks. No eating or kitchen use is permitted to limit virus spread. Please reserve a building before use by emailing diversitycenter@pugetsound.edu. 

Background

The Student Diversity and Social Justice Centers (SDC & 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 LGBTQ+ identities. The SDC encourages solidarity within shared identities; collaboration amongst diverse student groups; and recognizes the importance of communal spaces for historically marginalized/minoritized persons. The centers also are a gathering space for all who hope to work toward a more equitable campus, city, and world.

Lending Library

The Campus Lending Library is housed in the Student Diversity Center. Textbooks are available to check out for the academic semester. Stop by the Center for Student Support (Yellow House) for assistance from staff, or email yellowhouse@pugetsound.edu for inquiries.  Find more information here

Food Pantry

The On-Campus Food Pantry is housed in the Student Diversity Center. It is open 8am-10pm and requires a Logger Card to swipe in. An accessibility ramp is located behind the Center. Find more information here.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Sunday
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Via card access only.
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 use the University's scheduling software 25Live. if you have any questions please email 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
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