Center for Community Engagement (CCE)
Center for Cura Personalis (CCP)
Center for Student Involvement
Health & Counseling Services
Housing and Residence Life
Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center
New Student and Family Programs
Office of Health Promotion
Office of Sustainability
Payne Center for Leadership Development
Resolution Center for Student Conduct and Conflict
Transfer, Veterans, and Returning Adult Services and 1st Generation Initiatives
Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC)
College Hall, Office 120
Student Affairs: Where Life + Learning Unite
Student Affairs is the division at Gonzaga University that is responsible for facilitating and supporting the outside-the-classroom learning, living, and thriving. The professionals who work in Student Affairs are committed to helping all Zags create lives of leadership and service for the common good. With our partners in Academic Affairs, we share the responsibility of helping our students learn. As trained professionals in our respective fields, our learning culture encourages a “guided practice,” allowing students to take the lead in their learning, pursuing ideas they are passionate about. We do so by providing our students with challenge and support, advising, counseling, teaching, coaching, guiding, and mentoring through frequent, consistent, meaningful, and fun interactions. This practice provides space for students to unite their formal education with the other aspects of their life. Our team in Student Affairs works hard every day to enhance learning, nurture student success, and foster a secure and inclusive community, helping Gonzaga University to develop into a premiere Jesuit University.
DIVISIONAL COMMITTMENTS + COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE
Our organizational structure is divided into three “communities of practice,” each led and supported by a dean, centered around three pillars: (1) Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; (2) Promoting Wellbeing & Flourishing; and (3) Fostering an Integrated Approach to Student Learning Development.
The professionals who work in Student Affairs are committed to helping all Zags create lives of leadership and service for the common good. The following programs, offices, and departments comprise the Division of Student Affairs:
Center for Community Engagement (CCE)
Hemmingson Center (2nd Floor & Lower Level)
For over 25 years CCE has been putting Gonzaga’s mission into action through a wide spectrum of volunteer and community engaged learning projects. CCE’s programs offer you the opportunity to develop a personal commitment to service, social justice, and leadership. We take seriously the Jesuit mission of forming “women and men for and with others.” You can find our office in the Hemmingson Center. CCE serves as a resource center for students, faculty, alumni, and community partners.
Gonzaga University has offered community-engaged learning (also known as service-learning) courses for over 25 years. These classes are taught across the curriculum and offered by the various schools, including the Law School. Over 1500 students are actively engaged in community-engaged learning each year. This office coordinates service fairs each semester which invite non-profit agencies to campus to share opportunities and recruit student volunteers.
Gonzaga's Youth Programs & Initiatives
For over 25 years, the Center for Community Engagement has paired well-trained and passionate college students together with school-aged youth from the Spokane community. Started in 1995 with the creation of Campus Kids at Stevens and Logan Elementary, CCE's Youth Programs & Initiatives have expanded by leaps and bounds. Today, we run 7 distinct mentoring programs in 13 Spokane Public Schools, with approximately 350 Gonzaga students serving over 700 youth.
We have many ways for you to volunteer alongside other Gonzaga students addressing a variety of local community issues. You can serve meals with Campus Kitchens, form a community with adults with disabilities with Gonzaga University Specialized Recreation, or serve weekly at a local non-profit with your peers through the Zag Volunteer Corps Semester of Service program.
Zag Volunteer Corps (ZVC) Program
Zag Volunteer Corps connects members of the Gonzaga community with Spokane area nonprofits for educational and fun service experiences. Zags serve on the same day at the same time with the same group of students each week for the semester. Volunteer opportunities range from 1.5 to 2 hour long weekly commitments.
Wolff Fellows co-design projects with local community-based organizations that build community capacity and strengthen partnerships between Gonzaga and the host agency. Projects are designed around CCE's six Arrupe Engagement Pathways: Advocacy & Awareness, Community-Engaged Learning & Research, Direct Service, Faith & Justice, Philanthropy, Policy & Politics, and/or Social Innovation. Through their unique projects, Wolff Fellows explore the connection between their disciplinary/career interests and public service, learn about community needs and assets, and partner with community organizations to build community capacity.
CCE’s Immersion programs offer week-long trips in local communities where students learn about a variety of social justice issues and reflect on their experiences. During the immersions, students focus on core themes of simplicity, community, spirituality, and Justice and learn alongside community partners. Trips are offered during winter and spring break.
Center for Cura Personalis (CCP)
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The Center for Cura Personalis (CCP) exists to empower students to be their best selves. Cura Personalis means care for the whole person and our case managers are here to meet one-on-one with students, support them in dealing with life’s challenges and help connect them to useful offices and resources both on and off-campus. Case managers at Gonzaga operate in a non-clinical capacity which means they do not provide counseling or therapy to students, though they will quickly outreach to students who are struggling and connect students to resources for additional support. Case managers aim to build self-advocacy skills and promote personal growth through individualized meetings in a comfortable, private setting. Additionally, CCP offers various support for students struggling with basic needs. If you or a fellow student are struggling, but not sure where to start, CCP is a wonderful place to connect.
Learn more by visiting gonzaga.edu/CCP or calling us at (509) 313-2227.
Hemmingson Center (3rd Floor)
• The Gonzaga Student Body Association (GSBA)
• 118 Student Clubs and Organizations
At Gonzaga, we know that students who are involved outside of the classroom are more likely to be successful in college. They are more likely to express a sense of belonging, to enjoy their college experience, and to persist and graduate. The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) provides support to students who provide opportunities for other students to get involved (GSBA and Clubs) and provide many involvement opportunities of our own (SpikeNites).
Gonzaga currently has over 130 active and recognized student clubs that cover a wide range of interests. GSBA and the office of Student Involvement and Leadership work together to provide support and services for all student clubs and their members.
Visit the Zagtivities website or download the Gonzaga Mobile App to view all the clubs and organizations that are available, and to learn how to sign up! If you have questions about guidelines, policies, processes and/or resources for Gonzaga University Student Groups, search for Club Policies on myGU. For more information visit our website at www.gonzaga.edu/getinvolved
SpikeNites is the late-night programming series on campus.. Every Friday and Saturday from 8pm-10pm\ SpikeNites will feature events like free movies, video game tournaments, comedians, special events and late-night food options. Learn more about SpikeNites on Zagtivities.
At Gonzaga Outdoors we believe that outdoor experiences have the power to help us build beautiful communities, learn about ourselves and others, support physical, mental, and spiritual health, and bring play, laughter, and joy into our lives. We hope to ensure that every Gonzaga student has the opportunity to benefit from outdoor experiences. We do this by providing inexpensive gear rentals, subsidized outdoor adventures, and educational events on and off campus. GU Outdoors offers hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing/snowboarding, backpacking, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, and more!
Looking to get connected? Our weekly email informs students of our trips and events for the week. Add your name to the list by stopping by the office or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of our biggest and most popular events include Adventure Week, GOOB, and Spring Break trips.
- Adventure Week takes place each semester and provides opportunities to get involved on campus and in the local community, as an introduction to our program and the outdoors.
- GOOB is an extended orientation program where 75 first year students come together for 5 days before move-in. GOOB includes three full days of activities: hiking, biking, and rafting.
- Spring Break: Each year GU Outdoors sends out Spring Break trips for students to adventure in places like Moab Utah, Banff, Olympic National Park, or Mount Baker.
We can’t wait to welcome you to this wonderful community. Some ways to get involved include participating in GU Outdoors Trips, applying to be a Student Trip Leader, or working in our bike shop or office. At Gonzaga Outdoors and we believe that professionalism and fun go hand in hand. Our office and programs provide space for professional and personal growth and development as well as space to come ask questions about where to go adventure, relax, or study for their next big exam.
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Gonzaga University Health and Counseling Services is here to support the physical and mental healthcare needs of students right on campus. Our expert staff are focused on the wellbeing of students and provide quality care just steps away from residence halls and classrooms.
Health and Counseling Services delivers services in an integrated clinic setting. Providers, nurses, and other healthcare staff help diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. Our psychiatric providers and counselors afford services that are accessible for everyday mental health concerns, medication management, and crises impacting the student experience.We strive to offer holistic, comprehensive healthcare in partnership with students. We keep students moving toward their educational goals and maintain our focus on the wellbeing of the whole person. Please see our Health and Counseling Services website for further information.
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The University operates 22 traditional residential communities, largely devoted to first-, and second-year students. These on campus options offer you a variety of housing experiences as you complete your residence requirement. Most students in their third and fourth year live off campus in the surrounding neighborhood. A couple hundred beds usually exist for students wishing to remain on campus after the residence requirement, yet the demand significantly exceeds supply. The approximate student population in housing is 3000 students, inclusive of some off- campus spaces.
A Faculty in Residence and Visiting Scholar program exists which allow for a few opportunities for faculty to live in facilities with residents and contribute to the community.
Residential housing and dining options are open throughout the academic year with the exceptions of winter vacation. During these times there may be limited service provided. Opening and closing dates are published and disseminated by various means, including the housing and residence life website, departmental publications, and community meetings. As the university may observe and publish various dates of openings and closings of numerous offices, it is important to note only those dates communicated by the Office of Housing and Residence Life pertain to their operation. You should rely on these dates when making travel and lodging arrangements. The university will not be held responsible for expenses incurred by referencing conflicting dates referenced by other offices or departments.
Living in any residential setting (on or off campus) may present risk to personal property. As such, the University does not assume responsibility for the loss or damage of personal property. You are encouraged to obtain “Renter’s Insurance.” Information from private insurers will be made available during summer communications and will be posted on the department’s website. Additionally, a comprehensive list of residential regulations and expectations is published separately in the student handbook.
Residence Policies (overview)
The University requires all full-time first- and second-year students, who are unmarried and under the age of 21, to reside on campus in university managed residential facilities. Likewise, students required to live on campus must take part in the university dining program. All students residing in housing owned, leased, or managed by the university are contractually obligated to the University for the Room and Board Fees as outlined in the “terms and conditions” portion of the Residential Living Application/Agreement. Campus dining services are operated by Zag Dining by Sodexo. For more information about meal plans and other services provided, you may visit Zag Dining’s website at http://zagdining.sodexomyway.com or call the Zag Dining office at (509) 313-6906.
To be eligible for university housing, you must be at least 17 years and 3 months of age prior to the first day of class. Students younger than this must reside off-campus with their parent(s) or legally recognized guardian who must be over the age of 21 (typically an immediate family member). Exceptions to this policy or special requests, including those of students who are under 21 and unmarried but want to continue living with parent(s) or immediate family members, should be made in writing to the Assistant Dean for the Residential Experience. Students who reach the required age for residency after the first day of class may request a housing assignment during term. Accommodation of these requests will be honored as appropriate vacancies exist. Note, sometimes there is confusion when referencing this residential requirement policy. This requirement refers to the actual time a student has attended Gonzaga University and not to their academic standing.
Residential Living Application/Agreement
All students who are required to live in University Housing or who wish to continue in housing after their first and second year must complete and sign a Residential Living Application/Agreement. This document serves several purposes: it serves as the room and board contract between the University and the student; it outlines some of the University’s housing policies; it refers students to where they may obtain the rest of the policies regarding on-campus living and expected behaviors, and it provides information on room and damage deposits.
It should be noted by first year students that acceptance of the Residential Living Application/Agreement does not constitute confirmation to the University as a matriculating student. Accepted students, however, are encouraged to apply for housing as early as possible prior to their expected term (fall or spring) of attendance. If you withdraw from the University during the semester, you will be refunded room and board fees on a prorated basis.
It is highly recommended that students apply for housing once the application window opens for the semester you intend to occupy an assignment. The application timeline will be posted on the website of the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Completion of the Residential Living Application/Agreement found on-line provides the Office of Housing and Residence Life with information they need to facilitate your being a member of the residential community at Gonzaga University. Along with the completed application, you must submit a $200 housing deposit, which is automatically converted to a “damage deposit” upon check-in to your assignment and will be used to defray any damages up to that amount which may have occurred while you are in residence. Any remaining balance of the $200 will be refunded when you check out after all applicable fees and charges have been processed.
Housing and Residence Life processes room assignments. As an incoming student, you will have the opportunity to select the space you want to live in. Students who do not select by the deadline will be assigned a space based on vacancy, and the profile question responses. Living-Learning Community housing options are also available each year and published on the Office of Housing and Residence Life website. Living Learning Communities require a supplemental application. Additional information on each Living Learning Community can be found on the website.
No guarantees can be made to first-year students regarding building, roommate, or Living Learning Community preferences, but realistic attempts will be made to honor requests. Returning residential students are eligible to participate in a sign-up process during the spring semester which allows for selection of specific rooms for the following fall semester.
Sodexo Zag Dining
All students who reside in the residence halls are required to eat on campus under a board plan. Sodexo Food Service provides a full-service food program to the University under the direction of the Executive Vice President.
Sodexo Food Service assists students with many health needs, including special diets when prescribed and approved in writing by a medical doctor.
The food service offers a "flex-dollar" option (Bulldog Bucks) to enhance the student's board plan. Students may use this allotment to purchase meals and/or snacks at any on-campus Sodexo food service location. Meal Plan changes can usually be made during the first week of each semester.
Immersive Outdoor Learning
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Gonzaga University’s Immersive Outdoor Learning program offers experiential learning opportunities that extend beyond textbooks and lectures, immersing students in the natural world and challenging them to engage with complex questions that affect our environment and communities. Imagine students learning about local geology while rock-climbing, discussing the cultural significance of salmon populations while kayaking on the Spokane River, or studying human physiology while snowshoeing in the Selkirk Mountains. We believe education is not confined to the walls of a traditional classroom.
Located in the Inland Northwest, our university provides a premier setting for outdoor education. Our students have the chance to explore and learn in natural environments while developing self-confidence and deeper understanding of our interconnected, dynamic world. Faculty, staff, and student partner to transform outdoor spaces into immersive classrooms. A range of course offerings engage students with diverse topics such as: environmental justice, sustainability, indigenous perspectives, and more. We welcome students of every background and strive for inclusive environments that foster meaningful connection and dialogue.
Participation in field-based excursions empowers students with personal responsibility for interactive learning and creates better informed, more engaged citizens. These experiences range in duration from experiential half-day labs to multi-week expeditions and are taught across a variety of disciplines.
We invite you to explore our array of course offerings, that include Mountain Science; Human Ecology; Environmental Engineering; Politics of Space & Place; Nature Writing; Parks, Forest, & Wilderness; Earth Systems; Outdoor Leadership; and Gonzaga-in-the-Wilderness. Uniquely tailored to promote experiential learning, each course encourages students to reflect on feelings, thoughts, and values as part of their learning curriculum.
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Guided by the University mission to honor the dignity of the human person, the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center (LLRC) provides a safe and affirming space for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Through social justice programming – including speakers, artists, films, Out to Lunch with Allies, Lavender Mass, and Lavender Graduation – all Gonzaga members are welcome to participate and build community. The Center also offers Sexuality and Gender Equity (SAGE) Certification for students, staff, and faculty to expand and deepen LGBTQ+ cultural fluency. The LLRC uses an intersectional lens to work closely with the Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC) and other campus partners to support students from historically underrepresented and traditionally marginalized groups.
New Student & Family Programs (NSFP) is dedicated to welcoming all new students and their families into the GU community through programs such as New Student Orientation, Parent & Family Orientation, and Fall Family Weekend. We support student learning and growth through programs that support transition and engage both students and families as active partners in student success at Gonzaga University.
NSFP develops and facilitates belonging and transitional programs for students beginning with New Student Orientation in the summer, followed by Welcome Weekend in August and ongoing programming through our How to Zag series in the Fall. These programs provide new students a holistic introduction to the university, connections to students with faculty, staff, and current students and support to their development and success during their first year.
NSFP serves as a hub for information, programs and services that inform and educate families about valuable resources, critical issues, and topics relevant to student success. We design and sponsor programs that promote family involvement in the life of the university and create opportunities for participation in their student's experience.
The Office of Health Promotion (OHP) fosters student well-being through proactive, non-judgmental, and inclusive public health principles and practices. Our goal is that all students will cultivate behaviors while at GU that contribute to sustainable, life-long well-being. The professional and student staff in this department lead initiatives, create programs, deliver trainings, and identify services and spaces that promote positive, holistic, equitable well-being and reduce high-risk behaviors. Contact us if you are interested in consultation for an event, project, or idea you have.
Zags Help Zags – This is a program coordinated by OHP that helps develop students, faculty, and staff members to be active bystanders who step in to make a positive difference in the Gonzaga community. As a Jesuit University, we have a commitment to the dignity of the human person and strive to be in service to others. We aim to find proactive ways to establish healthy community norms, as well as identify strategies for intervening when challenging situations do arise.
Collegiate Recovery Community - OUR House, Gonzaga’s Colligate Recovery Community, is a community of students connecting through similar experiences and efforts to stop or reduce their use of substances or other potentially harmful behaviors. We welcome students exploring both sobriety and reduced use. This mission is supported by programmatic efforts for recovery, alternatives to alcohol and drug use, strategies, and resources for maintaining sobriety and a community of belonging promoting recovery, holistic well-being, and academic success.
Office of Sustainability
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Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability (OOS) supports Gonzaga’s commitment to care for our common home through coordinating our efforts to become carbon neutral by 2050, implementing our Climate Action Plan, responding to the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, and fostering a culture of sustainability at Gonzaga University for students and employees.
The OOS coordinates initiatives on campus that support our employees and students in becoming sustainability citizens and leaders:
1. The Campus Garden serves as a space for students to learn about gardening and food production. In the fall of 2021, the Garden produced over 400 pounds of produce that was given away to over 400 members of the community.
2. The Commute Trip Reduction Program educates employees about car-free commutes through bicycling, walking, carpooling, vanpooling, and taking the bus. The OOS supports the Wheelshare program offered by the City of Spokane (Lime scooters) and helps coordinate access to bicycle lockers on campus. Additionally, complimentary bus passes are provided to all employees and students.
3. The OOS educates the campus community on consumption issues including waste reduction and energy conservation. The OOS helps support and coordinate national and local competitions such as the Campus Race to Zero Waste and Lights Out Gonzaga, each of which engages students and employees in ways that they can reduce their impact on campus and in their homes.
4. Sustainability Leadership Programming through the Student Sustainability Leadership Program (SSLP), Employee Sustainability Ambassador Program (ESA), and the Resiliency Academy (RA) impacts over 50 employees, students, and community members each spring through intentional programming and project-based work around sustainability topics and issues faced by our community.
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The Payne Center for Leadership Development engages and supports all students seeking to develop their leadership potential and inspire positive change on campus and in their local and global communities. Our programs, services and resources offer students a deeper understanding of leadership in the Jesuit context of knowing self, building community, and impacting our world. We are also home to the Experiential Leadership Institute, a year-long leadership program for sophomore students, and Learns to Lead, a Living Learning Community, which empowers residents to develop their leadership skills and abilities.
Gonzaga's Community of Leaders is comprised of over 800 student leaders who facilitate, manage, and impact positive change for over 100 student clubs and organizations. The Payne Center helps students make meaning from their leadership experience and transform that learning into valuable lifelong leadership skills.
The Payne Center for Leadership Development offers a variety of services including:
• Leadership Trainings
• Leadership Workshops and Consulting
• Access to personal leadership inventories
• Guest speakers and professionals in the field
• Library of Leadership Resources
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Resolution Center for Student Conduct and Conflict
The Resolution Center for Student Conduct and Conflict is responsible for reconciling issues of student misconduct. Our processes provide transformative opportunities as we guide students to engage in ethical discernment, develop enhanced decision-making skills, and learn to accept ownership for actions. The Student Code of Conduct contains the University’s standards of conduct and the accountability processes that address allegations of misconduct.
Gonzaga University’s expectations for conduct go beyond what is minimally required for maintaining public order, both on and off-campus; and our student conduct processes are educational in nature as we actively seek to create an environment conducive to living and learning together. Our processes are not civil or criminal proceedings and our standard for determining a finding of misconduct is based upon what is “more likely than not” to have occurred.
By attending Gonzaga University, you agree to abide by university standards of conduct, expectations, and policies. All students should be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct which is published at: www.gonzaga.edu/studentcodeofconduct.
Conflict Resolution Services facilitated by the Resolution Center empower Gonzaga University students to gain positive interpersonal skills and explore solutions in a low-level, inclusive environment.
College Hall, Office 433
509-313-6875 or 509-313-5865
Student Media provides a co-curricular experience for students who are interested in writing, editing, graphic design, videography, photography, and business. Go to our webpage under Student Affairs Departments and Programs to find out how to get involved or stop by our office. We offer paid positions in writing, graphic design, photography, advertising sales and editorial positions in these publications:
• The Gonzaga Bulletin Newspaper
• Charter Journal of Scholarship and Opinion
• Our Voices Journal of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
• Reflection Journal of Poetry, Prose, Visual Art, and Literature
• Spires Yearbook
Transfer, Veterans, Returning Adult Services and 1st Generation Initiatives
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This office serves as your central point of information and provides you with the opportunity and resources to address any questions or concerns you may have about being a transfer, veteran, or returning adult student at Gonzaga University. We understand that transfer, veteran, and returning adult students face unique challenges when returning to college. We are committed to supporting your successful transition to college and to connecting you to the services available at Gonzaga to support your educational journey. We are also committed to our 1st Generation college students. We will provide opportunities to meet other first-generation students on campus and build community through programming. Students can connect with faculty and staff who also identify as 1st Generation college graduates. We value and appreciate the diverse skills, talent, and knowledge that you bring to Gonzaga University.
Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC)
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Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC)
UMEC provides experiential learning opportunities for all students in their identity development, cultural fluency, and connection to social justice. UMEC is organized around three pillars: (1) mentoring, (2) social justice programming, and (3) intercultural development. Many students first hear about UMEC through BRIDGE, which begins with a Pre-Orientation Social Justice and Leadership Institute and continues as a first-year peer mentoring program for incoming students with underrepresented identities. UMEC also offers social justice programs that feature speakers, films, art and activism workshops, and Diversity Monologues. UMEC’s third pillar on intercultural development encourages students to go even deeper through Intergroup Dialogue courses, Pre-Orientation sessions, and Social Justice Peer Education. UMEC uses an intersectional lens to work closely with the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center and other campus partners to support students from historically underrepresented and traditionally marginalized groups. UMEC works closely with the Unity Alliance of Cultural Clubs and employs approximately 35 student leaders.