One major critique of Seattle Pacific is its lack of racial diversity. This is something the school is trying to remedy, and the effects of that effort are noticeable, even if slow. However, looks are not everything. There are still quite a few students, even white ones, that grew up outside of the United States and have insights and experiences that benefit the SPU community. The problem is that the rest of the student population represents something of a cultural desert, or perhaps a mindless army of drones who grew up in middle-class, white America and still think there is a Santa Claus. The closed-minded are often open-mouthed, which makes SPU appear to be more conservative than it may truly be. The staff and faculty are actually much more liberal and open-minded than the student body, and in many cases, this provokes previously brainwashed students into using their brains and thinking for themselves for the first time, whether that means coming to a fresh perspective or arriving at their original one—but on their terms.
Sexuality is a hot topic at SPU, and students fall on all sides of the spectrum when it comes to their views. The University's official stance is favorable to traditional male/female relationships, where sex is something to be explored within the confines of marriage. Yet, there has been an increase in openly gay students as well as straight students who are opening dialogue on the previously taboo subject and advocating for change in University policies.