Antioch University Seattle prides itself on its commitment to social justice issues, community engagement, cultural diversity, and empowerment. The administration's decision to not renew Marcia Tate Arunga's contract directly opposes these values. Ms. Tate Arunga's role at AUS enriches the school'smission, as presented on their website, www.antiochseattle.edu:
Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. Antioch University Seattle stands out among universities and colleges in Seattle for its progressive orientation and leadership for change.
Besides being the first African American female professor in the BA Completion Program in 35 years she is also one of only two African American female professors on the Seattle campus, Marcia's teaching positively impacts, influences, and motivates students and the larger community to work toward solutions for social justice issues.