Identity & Inclusion

One of the important characteristics of a Jesuit education is the magis, from the Latin word for the ‘more’ or the ‘greater.’ As James Martin, S.J. says in The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life, “When you work, give your all…” The resources below give you more so you can live the Jesuit magis towards a fully thriving GU experience in wellness and in health.

Whether you're seeking resources for yourself or for a friend, remember that part of being in community, especially at a Jesuit institution, is the call for us to engage in conversations and dialogues around these topics. We hope you will use this Wellness Toolbox as a way to learn more about concerns Zags often face in order to reduce stigma and create open dialogue around those challenges.

To seek magis by learning more about Identity and Inclusion, see the resources below:

M – Meaning and Description

 Learn more about Identity and Inclusion--what it means and how it can impact you

A - Apps and Downloads

Apps and downloads that can support you in navigating issues of Identity & Inclusion

G - Great Resources

 Articles, handouts, worksheets and other resources to help with Identity & Inclusion. Also includes information on support groups and hotlines.

I - Interactive Media

 Video, audio, and podcasts with tips on Identity & Inclusion

S - Supporting a Friend

 Information and resources for how to help a friend who is struggling with Identity or Inclusion


M – Meaning and Description

From Cal State East Bay

From the University of Texas: Dallas

From Inside HigherEd

From Gonzaga's Office of Institutional Research  

From Gonzaga's Office of Intercultural Relations

From Straight for Equality

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A – Apps and Downloads

This is just a sampling of apps available to support you through the grieving process.  On-campus and off-campus resources are also available to help support you with any concerns you may have in this area.

Refuge Restrooms - Maps safe restrooms for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming individuals.

 Free on Android and iTunes 

diversityDNA - diversityDNA™ is a mini diversity training. It provides essential insights into how cultural differences impact our conduct. We each have a unique "cultural DNA profile" which deeply affects how we interact with and perceive others.

 Free in iTunes 

Quist - This free mobile app displays events from this day in LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS history. Over 900 historical events in the app paint a picture of how far the LGBTQ community has come over time — how we have been treated, how we have reacted, how our allies have supported us, and how others have worked vehemently to stop the progress.

 Free on iTunes 

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G - Great Resources

Gonzaga's Harassment and Discrimination Report Form - Please use this form if you feel you have experienced, heard or witnessed an incident of discrimination-related harassment. You can use this form to make an anonymous report or you may attach your name, either as the person who experienced the incident or a third party.

First-Generation College Students - First-generation university students are those students whose parent(s) have not attained a college degree.  No matter how intelligent and capable, first-generation students may benefit from additional support as they adjust to a new environment. 

I'm First - An online community celebrating and supporting first-gen college students.

First in the Family - Advice about college from first-generation students.

Undocumented Students - Information from Gonzaga to support undocumented students pursuing their degree at GU.

The Racial Dot Map - This map is an American snapshot; it provides an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country.  

Valuing a LGBT Self-Identity - This self-help brochure provides a starting point for information to develop and establish a positive view of gay or lesbian self-identity.

The Trevor Project - The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people.

Coming Out - Use this resource to think about the who, what, why, and how of coming out around sexual orientation or gender identity.

Ally Directory - Looking for an LGBT ally at Gonzaga University?  This list includes staff and faculty allies on our campus.  (GU user name and password required.

Bullying - On occasions, our relationships with others are not healthy or safe.  If you are being bullied or see another Zag who is being bullied, you can learn more about this and get some tips on how to stop it.

How to Respond When Someone Isn't Inclusive - Words have a lot of power.  Get the do's and don'ts of responding to someone when they use non-inclusive (or derogatory) language.

Mental Health Screening - Sometimes struggling with feeling a sense of belonging can become something more.  This check up from the neck up is a brief, anonymous and confidential screening that helps you determine if you should connect with a mental health professional.  Immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources. 

Hotlines That Help - There are a number of local and national crisis hotlines that can help you 24 hours a day.  Learn more in this resource with specific hotlines numbers (including texting options).

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I – Interactive Media (videos, audio, podcasts)

Inclusion, Exclusion, Illusion and Collusion - This Ted Talk from Helen Turnbull explores the concepts of inclusion and exclusion and our unconscious biases.

Are You Asian Enough? - Our personal identity is formed by many factors.  This video highlights the way we sometimes try to quantity our characteristics and the negative impact that can have.

What is Privilege? - Privilege and its impact on our own perceptions is a complicated topic.  This video is a great way to better understand how privilege can impact each of us.

Do You Have a Bias? - We all have some bias.  Understanding where that bias exists can help us be more inclusive.   Harvard Researchers have developed a test that helps you understand a little bit of the biases you may have.

Every Person Has Infinite Worth - From Dr. Kent Hoffman, Gonzaga Faculty:  each of us carries within the gift of infinite worth. Find out what that means for us to walk in relationship with others with a new sense of interconnectedness.

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S – Supporting a Friend

Tips on How to Help a Friend - When we’re having a hard time, the first place most of us turn is to family and friends.  If you have friends who have come to you for help, we've got tips to help you with those conversations.

What Do I Say? - Having difficult conversations with friends is never easy.  This is a quick resource to help you find the right words.

Refer Form - This is one way you can share that you are concerned about a student. Someone from the Center for Cura Personalis, or their designee, will reach out to provide the student with support and resources.

Campus Resources List - There are so many resources available on campus to support Gonzaga students.  The campus resources we have available can support you at each phase in their journey.  This page includes list of commonly used resources, including contact information and a little information about what each office does.

Campus Resources Matrix - If you still aren't sure which office might be the best place to go, take a look at our which identifies offices that can help with specific questions or concerns.

What is CCP? - This video shares more about the Center for Cura Personalis, which serves students in many ways including through proactive outreach and educational programs about healthy choices and interventions for students who may be struggling. 

What is Health & Counseling? - Health & Counseling Services functions as your private physician's office and counseling center. Learn more about the services available through this office.

What To Expect - This video gives an overview of what to expect when scheduling and coming in for your first visit at the Center for Cura Personalis or Health & Counseling Services.

Community Resources - In addition to the great resources available on campus, there are a number of resources available in the Spokane community to assist you with your personal well-being while you are at Gonzaga.

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