University Chaplain Dave Wright ’96 (him/they pronouns) joined the staﬀ of the University in August 2006. Dave is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, and a member of the Paciﬁc Northwest Conference.
As University Chaplain, Dave supports the breadth of Spirituality & Religious Life activities on campus and oﬀers conﬁdential pastoral/spiritual/social support for members of the campus community. When there is interest, they help students connect with Tacoma-area faith communities. They are also active in campus suicide prevention and intervention eﬀorts; advocating for policies and practices that best support campus members of all, any, or no faith; and working with partners across campus and beyond to foster community commitments to compassion, social justice, and equity.
Dave is a frequent guest speaker in local faith communities, is involved in a variety of immigrant/refugee rights and services organizations, and works on- and oﬀ-campus to help challenge cultures of dominant whiteness, patriarchy, antisemitism, Islamophobia, heteronormativity, and Christianism. They are a past president of the Association of College and University Religious Aﬀairs (now the Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education, ACSLHE), a national multifaith organization of college and university religious and spiritual life leaders. Actively working to build bridges between institutional chaplaincies and Student Aﬀairs, Dave was also recognized by NASPA (international organization of Student Aﬀairs Professionals in Higher Education) as their 2018 Professional of the Year for Religion and Spirituality.
Education and Professional History
- BA, Religion at the University of Puget Sound, 1996
- MDiv, Duke University, 1999
- Chaplain Resident, University of North Carolina Hospitals, 1999-2001
- Associate Pastor, Bothell United Methodist Church, 2001-2006