One example from the AUJS Constitution: “Recognising the importance of the non-exclusion on the basis of religious principles and beliefs, to hold all functions consistent with halacha whilst at the same time ensuring there is scope within the Union’s activities to accommodate the diversity of denominational affiliations that exist within its membership.“
Jewish pluralism is about accepting a variety of different interpretations of Jewish life as legitimate (even if they aren't accepted as 'correct'). Jewish pluralism recognises that many Jews believe and practice different things in their Jewish lives, and that these differences should be respected and even understood. A pluralistic environment allows Jews to learn from one another, to challenge one another, and to involve as many people as possible in Jewish activity.
Creating a pluralistic environment doesn't mean that a Jewish student group is saying that everybody is equally right. Obviously people disagree, and while respecting others, it is still possible to believe that they are wrong. However disagreeing with another Jew's outlook doesn't mean ignoring them when planning events on campus. Pluralism says that, right or wrong, Jews have a right to feel happy within their Jewish student group.
Who to cater for
It is only worth catering to the needs of groups that are noticeably different in your community. Where it is really easy, and wouldn't be a problem for those involved, to combine groups, then do so - it is easier.
Sometimes leaders within a student group refuse to cater for the needs of certain groups, say 'Reform Jews', because no members of this group come to activities. The problem with this approach can be, however, a bit like the old 'chicken and egg' problem. Students won't come to events if they really aren't made to feel welcome. They won't be made to feel welcome if they don't come to events, unless student leaders are wise enough to start to cater for people who don't come to events in order to attract them.
If you can't offer a variety of services think about how you can make the service that you offer acceptable to the largest number of people. You could think about three bits of seating - with men on one side, women on the other, and 'mixed' in the middle, with a mechitza (separation curtain) between the groups. If only offering one service, this does not always mean catering to Orthodox students automatically... speak to the WUJS staff and we may be able to advise you on what would be most appropriate.
Consider asking women to read translations of prayers, or to offer teachings and comments. Where possible, prepare in advance by asking people what elements of a service are important for people. Remember that not every Jew believes in religion at all - and cater for these people too.
Remember that pluralism is also about being sensitive to the group of people that doesn't necessarily have a clear idea of where they stand or what's going on. Whenever people come together in settings that might be unfamiliar to them, make a huge effort to explain everything that's going on in a clear and un-patronising way.
Not every learning event has to be pluralist, but over the course of a term every approach should be represented, and every group of students should be catered for. Don't invite speakers who are going to insult a sizable number of students. Even when a speaker is coming from a certain perspective, their work ought still to be accessible to others - explain terms and arguments that might otherwise confuse the 'average student'.