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College of the Pacific
Wendell Phillips Center, Office 110
Dr. Rena Fraden
College of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Welcome to the Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership

Jacoby Center Mission

The Jacoby Center seeks to strengthen the links between Pacific's campuses and their communities by encouraging effective partnerships; cultivating public service and civic leadership; and engaging students and faculty in the world beyond our gates.

Student Involvement

Students are encouraged to join the faculty scholars in study and undertake public service that makes a real difference in the community. Through research projects, internships, and other experiences provided by the Jacoby Center, students learn to study social and political issues systematically, analyze the way civic leaders attempt to resolve such issues, and assume leadership in organizing and implementing solutions.

Contact Information

The Jacoby Center is located in rooms 241 and 242 of the Wendell Phillips Center on Pacific's Stockton campus.

Dr. Dari Sylvester
Interim Director of the Jacoby Center
Phone: 209.946.7444
Email Link for Dr. Bob Benedetti Email

Dr. Dari Sylvester, Interim Director of the Jacoby Center and Political Science Professor
Dr. Dari Sylvester, Interim Director of the Jacoby Center and Political Science Associate Professor

The Midtown/Magnolia Project

The Midtown/Magnolia Project exemplifies the Jacoby Center's goal of bringing the University, students and the community together for common good. The Jacoby Center administers a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to revitalize the Magnolia neighborhood, which boasts historically significant houses built in the early 1900s. The area was in decline, and the Jacoby Center has worked jointly with various city and county agencies in the revitalization effort. Pacific faculty and students are involved in projects that include researching the history and culture of the area to promote community awareness. The Magnolia district is transforming into a desirable area to live, walk and work.


To learn about additional experiential learning opportunities through the College of the Pacific, please visit these web pages:

Immersion Programs

Undergraduate Research and Funding