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

Saint Martin's University offers several opportunities for students to engage, academically, in topics of diversity and social justice.

While there is no requirement, it is strongly encourage that all students take a least one course the focuses on a social justice issue.

Majors: Communication studies

Minors: Communications studiesSocial JusticeGender and Identity Studies

Programming for students

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.

Saint Martin’s students join with Catholic students from more than 50 universities across the country to serve as CRS Student Ambassadors. This leadership program educates students about human suffering across the world and empowers them to mobilize their campus communities to advocate for justice within Catholic Social Teaching.

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. 

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.

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.

Shared programming

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.