Diversity Initiatives

Intentional Initiatives

These workshops are designed to provide the Gonzaga University community with opportunities to enhance their understanding of the complexities of social justice in relation to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The workshops are uniquely constructed to challenge participants in the Jesuit tradition of self-reflection. Specifically, participants will be empowered to take ownership in the collective learning.

  • Please refer to our brochure for a list of workshops.
  • Please make workshop requests through the following attached form
Workshops run for approximately sixty to ninety minutes but can be customized to be “half day” or “full day” workshops to meet your departmental needs.


To schedule a workshop, please contact
 Juanita Jasso

Deconstructing Series

Our knowledge, concepts, ideas, and norms are socially constructed. More specifically, meanings are constructed by human beings as they engage in the world that they are themselves interpreting (Crotty). The purpose of the Deconstructing Series is to create an educational opportunity to explore dominant traditions and ideologies and stimulate dialogue of inquiry as a result from an alternative perspective. Each topic is critically assessed with the intention to understand the prevalent cultural tradition and its impact in multiple  contexts in society. At the conclusion of every series, facilitators leave participants challenged to take action based on what they have learned via the program.

Topics explored in the past/present:

  • Deconstructing Christmas (December 3, 2013)
  • "The Black Candle: Deconstructing Kwanzaa" (December 4, 2012)
  • "In the Spirit of Metacom: Deconstructing Thanksgiving" (November 9, 2011)
  • "Trick or Treat: Deconstructing Halloween" (October 19, 2010)

If you have popular traditions or ideologies you would like to see deconstructed, please contact UMEC at:

Diversity Monologues

Presented by UMEC, the annual Diversity Monologues is a competition that provides Gonzaga students a space to engage their creative voices in sharing their experiences with diversity. Everyone has a story and are made up of multiple social identities. The Diversity Monologues provides a forum for Gonzaga students to express their lived experience through their personal cultural lens. The first half of this two hour program consist of eight student contestants sharing their work, followed by an hour performance by a nationally acclaimed poet. Mark your calendars for March 27, 2014 in Jepson Wolff Auditorium, you won't want to miss it!


3rd Annual Diversity Monologues Spring 2013

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How have you been TRANSFORMED by cultural traditions?


2nd Annual Diversity Monologues Spring 2012

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How do you come to know your community?


1st Annual Diversity Monologues Spring 2011

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How do you come to know beauty?

International Day of Tolerance at Gonzaga University

Friday November 15, 2013 12 PM Crosby Steps

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Gonzaga Links Together!

Help demonstrate, educate and raise awareness about the negative impact of intolerance, bias and various forms of hate locally and globally. Be one of the hundreds who link arms across campus in support of inclusion and tolerance in the Gonzaga, Spokane, and world community. The line of solidarity will start to form outside the steps of Crosby and we hope to make an impact all the way to Jepson Hall and the Unity Multicultural Education Center! Spread the word...we start linking arms Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12 PM.

For More Information Contact:

Deb Ellis
Senior Program Assistant
Ext. 6368

GU Iron Chef:
 A Cultural Cooking Battle


GU Iron Chef is a fun opportunity for anyone in the Gonzaga community to display their culture's culinary tradition competitively! Two champions-Chef's Favorite and Peoples' Choice-hold bragging rights until next year. Winning recipes are later featured by campus dining services. Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 3p in the COG 2nd Floor Dining Room, you won't want to miss the wonderful food from different cultures!

GU Iron Chef Highlights of 2012-GU Iron Chef Participant (Denise Flores)

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Past Champions:

2014-Chef's Favorite: Chau and Theresa Nguyen
2014-People's Choice: Kenji Linane-Booey

2013-Chef's Favorite: Jasmine Linane-Booey
2013-People's Choice: Olivia Murphy 

2012-Chef's Favorite: Dane Pavlik
2012-People's Choice: Nate Gaberich

2011-Chef's Favorite: Denise Flores
2011-People's Choice: Dane Pavlik

2010-Chef's Choice: Denise Flores
2010-People's Choice: Mike Dirkson

Real Talk

Real Talk is the adaptation of the hip-hop vernacular "keeping it real". We take the spirit of the mantra authenticity and deepen it to mean developing your best self by engaging in courageous conversations and not just talking about it but being about it - through application in your lived experience and critical discussions surrounding contemporary issues around campus and our community.

  • Muslim Identities (February 25, 2014)

  • Multiracial Identity (October 30, 2013)
  • Cultural Perspective of Hair (February 25, 2013)
  • Interracial Dating (October 11, 2012)