Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi
VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
May: integrating Pacific's DEI Framework of Excellence

Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Pacific’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, shares some of Pacific's recent DEI successes.

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"May community letter: integrating Pacific's DEI Framework of Excellence," Pacific Newsroom, May 20, 2022

"A month filled with faith-based, cultural and diversity celebrations," Pacific Newsroom, April 15, 2022

"Restorative Justice and Women's History Month," Pacific Newsroom, Mar. 1, 2022

"Honoring Black History Month and Lunar New Year," Pacific Newsroom, Feb. 1, 2022

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s sacred work a guide for DEI initiatives," Pacific Newsroom, Jan. 17, 2022

"My First 90 Days at Pacific," Pacific Newsroom, Oct. 14, 2021

DEI Framework Pyramid; equity; pedagogy, people, programs; and funding
DEI Framework of Excellence

University of the Pacific’s DEI Framework of Excellence is an institutional blueprint for DEI in higher education. Designed by Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Pacific’s inaugural vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer, this transformative framework is designed to integrate DEI into all aspects of campus life and operations.

Celebrating APID heritage
Pacific's APID Heritage Month

Recognized nationally in 1992, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month is celebrated in the U.S. during the month of May to provide educational and entertainment-based programs relevant to Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi cultures. During the academic calendar, University of the Pacific celebrates Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American Heritage Month during the month of April.

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Pride
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Pacific's Pride Month 2022

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month (LGBTQ Pride Month) is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans. During the academic calendar, University of the Pacific celebrates Pride Month during the month of April.

University Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Comprised of approximately 40 faculty, staff and students, this committee is a collaborative partner in creating and sustaining a university-wide culture that consistently reflects diversity, equity and inclusion as a core value. The committee also sponsors the Champions of Diversity Awards and helps fund campus DEI work with grants.

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Scholarships aid Black students

University Development and Alumni Relations has embarked on a scholarship campaign for Black students.

Nearly $200,000 in new gifts to support Black students, including $102,792 raised for the new Lift Every Voice Endowed Scholarship, led by Regent Chair Norman Allen, and $87,500 to establish the Diversity and Inclusion Endowed Scholarship for Black Students. Allen said the scholarship effort will support Black students with unmet financial needs and strong leadership traits.

Student leaders prioritize DEI

ASuop President Scout Cooper-Wilson says the governing body will emphasize diversity, equity and inclusion. She speaks about her goals and hopes in an interview.

ASuop President Scout Cooper-Wilson
Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta’s inspirational talk

Huerta said growing up in Stockton, where her friends and neighbors were from all corners of the world, and attending Pacific had an impact on her trajectory as an activist and organizer.

“University of Pacific had such a great influence on my life,” she told an online audience in Pacific’s Leading Voices speaker series.

DEI programs enhanced for students

The Division of Student Life has created many DEI-related programs and events during fall semester, with an emphasis on financial aid education, health and wellness, study skills, spiritual life, gender equity and student success for Black, Latino, Native American, Asian American, LGBTQ and first-generation college students. 

student outdoor fair

Board of Regents

The Board of Regents has committed to focusing on these social justice initiatives:  

  • Increasing diversity in its membership.
  • Exploring campus inclusion and racial bias at the university.
  • Audits of university policies and practices that impact diversity, inclusion and racial equity.
  • Reviewing the university’s history, policies and practices on social justice issues.

Fundraising for the new Lift Every Voice Endowed Scholarship for Black undergraduate students, led by Regents Chair Norman Allen, has surpassed $110,000, with the first recipients to be named in the fall.

The Regents Investment Committee has started research on how to include DEI issues into decision-making on the school’s investment portfolio and the Audit Committee has launched research on best practices at other universities.

 

New Regents join the board
Janet Rogers

Janet Rogers

Brian Miller

Brian Miller

Gregory Boardman

Gregory Boardman

Dea Berberian-Spanos

Dea Berberian Spanos

Jie Du

Jie Du