Social Justice Retreat Application

Do you have an interest in social justice, creating an inclusive campus climate, and becoming a social justice leader on campus? If so, you are encouraged to apply to be a participant in an upcoming social justice leadership retreat that will be held January 29 to January 31, 2015 (location TBD, possibly on the Oregon Coast). The retreat is designed to (a) examine structures of privilege (race, class, gender, sexuality, etc.) and their effect on our campus, (b) provide individuals with the skills to be effective allies and social justice leaders, and (c) provide students with the opportunity to discuss and identify ways to foster social justice on campus. 

Organized by a broad range of faculty and staff (Social Science Professors, Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Peace and Spirituality, Graduate and Undergraduate Student Activities, and Alumni Relations) this retreat ultimately strives to create an affiliation of diverse members the Pacific University community (including undergraduate and graduate students) that will be engaged in discussions throughout the year about social justice at Pacific. If you are interested in the retreat, please use the following link to complete an application:

The initial review of applications will begin Friday, November 20th, and applications received after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis until we’ve reached capacity.


Drinking Game becomes Racial

Seven white college students sit around a dorm room at their private university playing King’s Cup when a Jack is pulled. The rule of choice? End every sentence with the N-word. Everyone nods and the game goes on with laughing, screaming, and the vulgar word flying around every ten seconds. There weren’t any African Americans in the room, so it doesn’t count, right?

Wrong. When this happened to me at the beginning of first semester, I didn’t know what to do so I did nothing. I did not want to say anything in fear of my new friends saying, “So what? It’s not like they’re here.” Even as a minority myself, I could not bring myself to say anything even though I knew I should. I felt exactly what any sane student would: Uncomfortable and afraid of being challenged, teased, and laughed at. I mean, why should I stick up for them if they’re not in the room?

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Local Resident Attempts to #SaveHauBush


Hawaii’s pristine beaches, clear water, and breath taking views often obscure the fact that paradise is also invaded by large corporations that fight Native Hawaiians for land they’ve been living on for generations. You may have heard of the viral #WeAreMaunaKea movement that started on the Big Island or protests against development of a similar telescope on Maui, but there are also smaller community movements are fighting just as hard for their homes. The locals, especially Native Hawaiians, are not giving up their connection to the land, access to public space and beaches, or their native culture without a fight.

Shay Arneho, recent University of Hawaii at Manoa Hawaiian Studies graduate and leader of the Save Hau Bush movement, revived the undertaking from her parents with the mission to save the Ewa Beach community from Haseko, a company who wants to build hotels, condos, and shopping centers on their beach called Hau Bush. Continue Reading

Glamorizing Crime with Beauty

Aside from being sexy, what do Stella Carlin, TJ Lane, and Jeremy Meeks have in common? They are criminals. Although Stella Carlin is a fictional character on the third season of Orange is the New Black, her role as the sexy new love interest lends itself to the newfound trend of admiring criminal’s physicality. It’s one thing if characters are sexualized, but an entire other field if actual convicts like high school shooter Lane and alleged gang member Meeks gain a following for being attractive. Idolizing criminals minimizes the seriousness of criminal activity and causes people to root for them instead of against them. Being conventionally attractive in this society helps excuse people from immoral behaviors.

Sexualizing felons shows young girls that it is okay to be attracted to a person who acts indecently. The fact that 17 year old Ohio shooter TJ Lane wore a shirt that said “killer” to his trial for three counts of aggravated murder was not enough to stop girls on Tumblr from making .gifs of him biting his lip in court and titling their blogs “TJ Lane’s Future Wife.” According to this mentality, violence is a good quality to look for in a potential partner. These girls showing their support for a corrupt yet attractive person further enforces a violent and abusive ideal

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