How Students Can Get Involved

The fight for equality belongs to all of us. As individuals and as a community of Zags, we must share the responsibility for stamping out prejudices and protecting the dignity of all people.

What You Can Do


Say Something 

If you witness something that violates the dignity of another, speak up in the moment (if you feel it’s safe to do so) and report it:


Share Your Own Story

Nothing is as compelling as hearing directly what another person has gone through.


Visit a Student Center

Visit the Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC), the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center or the Center for Global Engagement to broaden your perspective, lend your support, and further your understanding.


Join Cultural Clubs

Join a cultural club to celebrate and share your own cultural identity and learn about those of others.


Take a Class

Enroll in a course that studies an underrepresented community, examines the intersection of various social identities, or analyzes and deconstructs power, privilege, and systematic oppression.


Participate in BRIDGE Pre-Orientation Program

Sign up for BRIDGE or apply to be a BRIDGE Counselor/Peer Mentor. BRIDGE, a summer pre-orientation program, is designed for new students of color and those who identify as first-generation, low income, and/or LGBTQ+.


Attend Campus Events

Expose yourself to new ways of thinking and seeing by attending diversity & inclusion programs (films, speakers, art exhibits), which are offered throughout the academic year by various campus departments and student organizations.


Join Ally Training

Learn what it means to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community by completing Safe Space and attending an Out to Lunch with Allies.


Participate in Courageous Conversations

Participate in Courageous Conversations, a series of dinners sponsored by the Gonzaga Student Body Association (GSBA) where campus community members discuss contemporary and controversial topics to encourage constructive dialogues.


Serve the Community

Through the Center for Community Engagement, participate in service Immersion, an in-depth learning experience that focuses on social justice:

  • Justice in January is a winter break trip where students explore the realities of immigration and border issues along the U.S./Mexico border.
  • Mission Possible is a spring break program where Gonzaga students travel to ten sites around the country to serve local communities.
  • International Immersion invites students to engage in another culture, accompany marginalized communities in service, and deepen their understanding of social justice issues.
  • Reality Camp is a five-day pre-orientation program in and around Spokane where students serve local non-profit organizations.

Attend a Conference

Attend or present at a diversity-related conference, such as the Globalization, Diversity, & Education Conference or Creating Change sponsored by the National LGBTQ Task Force.


Choose Your Housing

Reside in a Living-Learning Community focused on diversity, identity development, global citizenship, and/or social justice:


Participate in Group Discussion

Take part in an Intergroup Dialogue (IGD). Led by trained facilitators, IGDs are small group discussions that explore social group identity, conflict, community, and social justice over ten weeks.


Join the Council

Become a student representative on the University Council for Equity, Inclusion, & Intercultural Awareness – the primary advisory body to the Chief Diversity Officer, the President’s Cabinet, and the President.


Become a Peer Educator

Apply to be a Social Justice Peer Educator (SJPE) to help create an inclusive community in the residence halls or attend an SJPE program.


Study Abroad

Consider studying abroad to experience how people live in other parts of the world.