Pacific’s commitment to community service

University of the Pacific students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors have a long tradition of making an impact in our communities through classroom and volunteer experiences. Community service is prominent in such areas as education, health, sciences, the environment, the arts and more. Here are a few examples:

Health and Legal Clinics
Pharmacy outreach on Medicare Part D

For the past 14 years, students in Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy have helped senior citizens develop Medicare Part D drug programs. To date, they have served approximately 9,500 people, helping them save almost $9.5 million. 

Pharmacy student smiling with elderly patient at clinic
Physical therapy student working with patient
Health and Legal Clinics
Health Sciences clinics and facilities

Pacific's School of Health Sciences has several clinics that serve community members with speech, hearing, balance and other concerns. The Pacific Hearing and Balance Center has locations in Stockton and San Francisco. These efforts include the Pacific Speech Hearing and Language Center, the Pacific Hearing & Balance Center, the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Stockton and the Language Literacy Center. 

Health and Legal Clinics
Dugoni dental clinics

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco clinics include pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, dental hygiene and special care. More than 17,200 patients were served during 77,330 visits in 2019-20. The Dugoni School is committed to serving the community with affordable care while educating future dentists and hygienists.

Dugoni clinic scene
McGeorge student serving at citizenship fair
Health and legal clinics
McGeorge School of Law clinics

The Immigration Law Clinic at University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law serves clients in all phases of the immigration process. Law students, with faculty guidance, interview and counsel clients, prepare needed legal documents and provide representation in Immigration Court. Since March 2020, more than 122 immigration clients were served. 

McGeorge School of Law clinic (since March 2020)

Education Outreach
Beyond Our Gates

Formed in 2010, Beyond Our Gates is a collaborative program of education stakeholders with a focus on early-childhood literacy, led by Pacific. Beyond Our Gates annual projects include the San Joaquin County Literacy Report Card, the Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge and quarterly community convenings. 

young students listening to storytime
Young Student playing violin as part of orchestra
Education Outreach
Community Music School

Pacific Community Music School offers instruction to students of any age, skill level and background and is complementary to K-12 music programs at schools in the community. The school had 105 applicants and 52 regular students – numbers expected to improve after the pandemic. Other outreach efforts: Conservatory pre-college programs for piano, strings, percussion, vocals and more. The Zeiter Piano competition and Pacific Youth Symphony were cancelled due to the pandemic. 

Education Outreach
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Learning continues well after age 50 in Stockton and San Joaquin County thanks to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at University of the Pacific. The non-profit education program has 360 members who enjoy a wide variety of events and topics. OLLI adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic to hold virtual presentations. 

OLLI students smiling
Students dressed as superheros
Student Outreach
Community Involvement Program

Since 1969, the Community Involvement Program (CIP) at University of the Pacific has been a gateway to higher education for first-generation students from the Stockton area. CIP students are involved in many areas of community service. In 2019, CIP celebrated its 50th anniversary of developing bright young minds from the local community. The program has had more than 1,000 graduates. CIP students dress and super heroes and read to children at the annual Family Day at the Park – and give out 1,500 books to children. 

Student Outreach
Volunteer Center

The Pacific Volunteer Center empowers students to get involved in community work through hands-on learning and service. The Volunteer Center opportunities focus on education, action and service. 

student volunteering outdoors
Americorps students on zoom call
Student outreach
California Civic Action Program

University of the Pacific is one of eight California universities and colleges with students serving in the California Civic Action Program. The partnership with California Volunteers and AmeriCorps gives 10 students during the 2020-21 school year the opportunity to serve Stockton’s vulnerable populations in an immersive work environment with local non-profit agencies. The program plans to expand to 20 fellows in the second year. 

Business and economy outreach
Center for Business and Policy Research

The Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR) is highly regarded for its research and outreach on business trends and policy throughout California. CBPR directors Jeffrey Michael and Thomas Pogue are frequently sought by media for its objective comments on such issues as labor, transportation, water and economic development. 

Eberhardt school, Weber hall entrance
The family of Schweiger Vineyards in St. Helena, Calif. have participated in the Institute for Family business at the Westgate Center.
Business and economy outreach
Westgate Center for Leadership and Management

Thousands of members of local non-profit boards and other agencies have been trained on strategies and effective community interaction through Westgate’s innovative programming and courses also are used by those seeking career advancement. Westgate has off-campus and on-campus programs that can be tailored to an organization’s specific needs.