At Saint Martin's, we believe that by learning how to live together, people become more fully themselves. On this page we share a small sampling of the programming dedicated to discussing diversity: building bridges and starting conversations. By broadening our perspectives, we hope to broaden our impact.

Academic offerings

Programming for students

  • Achievers Program

    The Achievers Program supports the academic and personal success of students currently receiving the Achievers Scholarship through the College Success Foundation funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Students receive support from faculty, staff, and upper-class students through mentoring programs, the first year seminar, and year-round social events.


    AHANA Connections

    Transitioning into college can present many challenges. AHANA Connections introduces students of color to Saint Martin's University's campus and creates a network of friends and community. The program enhances the first-year experience of students of color by encouraging relationships and involvement across campus.

    First and foremost, AHANA is about building community among students. In fact, the friends you make during AHANA Connections may very well end up being your closest friends throughout your SMU experience. AHANA also offers informative sessions that help students understand the ins-and-outs of college life, including student and academic services, general academic and financial questions, and job and internship possibilities. Lastly, AHANA allows students to beat the crowd by moving in several days ahead of other students.

    AHANA Banquet

    In collaboration with the Diversity and Equity Team and the Office of International Programs and Development, the AHANA banquet celebrates these students' achievements by hosting an annual graduation dinner, both for graduating students of color and international students and their families.

  • Hui 'O Hawai'i Annual Luau

    Celebrate the Annual Luau with Hui 'O Hawai'i Club every April. The Annual Lu'au is a way for the Saint Martin's Hui 'O Hawai'i to spread the Hawaiian culture across campus and the surrounding community. 

  • Intercultural Club Alliance

    Recognizing the valuable contributions of student organizations on campus, the Intercultural Club Alliance (ICA) serves as an umbrella program for student clubs that focus on race/ethnicity, international students, social justice, and community service. Representatives from each club is selected to service on the ICA Committee, where members meet to discuss campus issues and share program ideas, as well as interact with faculty and staff through the year to address critical issues currently facing students.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration

    This joint effort between the Saint Martin's Black Student Union, Campus Life and the Office of Service and Diversity Initiatives celebrates the life and legacy of the great civil rights leader and champions the continued efforts of civil rights. The commemoration includes keynote speakers and entertainment that help participants understand current issues with regarding civil rights.

  • Saints Safe Zone

    The spring semester Saints Safe Zone training for students and faculty and staff is usually held in April in the Trautman Student Union Building. Registration will be available at the end of March. If you would like to participate in the training, please contact Heather Nicole Saladino to register.

  • Study abroad

    Here at Saint Martin's University, we believe that a study abroad experience should be more than just jetting off to another country to snap some photos. It should be a memorable and meaningful life experience that encompasses our core themes and commitment to a holistic education. As students, you should have the ability to connect with the local community and make a lasting impression within yourselves and your environment.

Programming for faculty and staff

  • Faculty and Staff Diversity Institute

    The Faculty and Staff Diversity Institutes further the conversation of diversity for our campus community. What is the meaning of diversity and social justice? How do they relate to our personal lives and to higher education? How do they relate to Saint Martin’s University? What is the role of staff in promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus environment? The Institutes consider these and other questions over the course of several weeks.

    Participants will engage in critical conversations on pressing social justice issues within higher education. Participants also develop the multicultural skills, awareness, and knowledge needed to help fulfill our commitment at SMU to foster a diverse learning community.  An important outcome from these seminars is that participants develop a deeper sense of community with each other and the students we serve.

    For additional training opportunities, please contact John Hopkins.

Shared programming

  • Lecture series

    Saint Martin's University offers two lecture series open to the Saint Martin's University and outside communities focusing on the topics of social justice in action. For additionally information you may visit the diversity calendar as well as review the information below.

    Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series

    The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series was created to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community. This annual series will include four speakers who will speak about a variety of issues that pertain to both local issues, here in Washington State, and across the nation.

    Pacific Northwest Social Action Speaker Series

    In 2013, the Pacific Northwest Social Action Speaker Series was established in the hopes of raising awareness about the region's rich history of social justice movements. It celebrates people and movements committed to furthering social justice in all its forms in the Pacific Northwest.

    The speaker series draws on the interests of SMU faculty, students, and wider community in Pacific Northwest history and social movements for workplace democracy, civil rights and liberties, and environmental justice.

  • Saints Safe Zone

    The spring semester Saints Safe Zone training for students and faculty and staff is usually held in April in the Trautman Student Union Building. Registration will be available at the end of March. If you would like to participate in the training, please contact Heather Nicole Saladino to register.