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Pacific Lutheran University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
12180 Park Ave S
Tacoma, Washington 98447
(253) 535-7411
Email address
School Information
"Pacific Lutheran University is located six miles south of Tacoma, in suburban Parkland, Washington, on a 156-acre woodland campus. PLU offers approximately 3,100 students a unique blend of academically rigorous liberal arts and professional programs. Students develop skills in decision making, analysis, communication and reasoning that prepare them for a lifetime of success – both in their careers and in service to others." The university enrolls about 3,100 students and offers over 50 undergraduate majors. (Source:
General Information
Pacific Lutheran University has not yet implemented a university-wide anti-racism initiative. However, the Gender, Sexuality, and Race Studies program requires certain credit hours in critical race studies. No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of all students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The minor in Critical Race Studies and major in Gender, Sexuality, and Race Studies, which are both part of the Gender, Sexuality, and Race Studies programs, require Critical Race Studies.
Program and Research Funding
  • The University holds a Diversity Retreat with students, faculty, and staff sponsored by the University Diversity Committee.
  • Pacific Lutheran University’s Campus Ministry and Center for Graduate and Continuing Education will co-host the spring virtual convening of The People's Gathering: A Revolution of Consciousness (TPG) conference on April 22, 2021 centered on the topic Anti-Racism, Advancement Advocacy: What is it AND how do we engage?
  • PLU offers a comprehensive list of classes that explore issues of diversity and inclusion in modern and historical contexts.
  • The Center for Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability at PLU works with students, faculty, and staff to provide programs and resources towards a more diverse and equitable campus.
  • The Diversity Center at PLU has a Diversity Advocate that works with students to provide diversity resources and programming.
Symbolic Actions
  • Diversity Statement: Diversity is “the condition of difference necessary to all life and creativity.” Martusewicz, Edmundson, and Lupinacci, 2011. At PLU, diversity is intrinsic to the vitality of learning, resilience and growth. Thus, we will: Be responsive to how intersections and context impact how power is experienced. Act upon the fact that diversity and inclusion efforts must address and account for all differences born out of power and oppression. Collectively reimagine models and practices to create inclusive environments where all members of the PLU community can learn, live, work and — most importantly — thrive.
  • Vice President Joanna Royce-Davis announced a set of seven actions the university will take to "make sustainable change in the experience of our community for our members who experience marginalization."
  • The Office of Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability launched the “My Language. My Choice. Words Mean Things” digital campaign in 2020.
  • A "Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan" was released in 2020.
Last updated December 1st, 2023
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