Champions of Diversity

The awards are presented annually to students, faculty and staff who exemplify the university’s values of DEI in an exceptional manner. Congratulations to those who received the 2020-21 Champion of Diversity awards. 

DEI Dialogues

The University Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in partnership with President Christopher Callahan, presents this series of dialogues designed to offer students an enriched co-curricular experience via participating in dialogues with influential citizen leaders from across the country. The dialogues address the social, cultural and structural inequities in our society and help educate, engage and empower individuals to become transformative leaders in the fight for social justice. 

Nathan Carter

Nathan Carter '00 is the inaugural chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Northern Virginia Community College. Carter also is ecstatic his alma mater, University of the Pacific, has prioritized DEI. He spoke about his journey as part of the DEI Dialogues series.

Grants

UCDEI provides financial support for university-focused programming or projects that align with the university president’s initiatives. Contact co-chair Marshea Pratt at mpratt@pacific.edu for more information.

Events

UCDEI supports cultural and identity-based celebrations and similar activities throughout the academic year.

Social Media

UCDEI maintains an ongoing and active presence on Instagram and Facebook. Follow us and participate in the dialogue.

President’s annual DEI update

“I believe having a cabinet-level executive focused exclusively on these issues is a first step. Pacific will be one of only two West Coast Conference universities to have a vice president for DEI."

President Christopher Callahan
Marshea Pratt
Co-chair, staff
Marshea Pratt

Marshea Pratt is the Assistant Director of Clubs and Regional Programs for the Pacific Alumni Association based on University of the Pacific’s Stockton campus.  

In addition to serving as Co-Chair of the UCDEI, she also serves as an advisor for Kilusan Pilipino Student Club and the Alpha Alpha Xi Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity.  She is a 2014 recipient of Pacific’s Women of Distinction Award and a 2016 recipient of the Podesto Award for Excellence in Student Life, Mentoring and Counseling.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from University of the Pacific in 1993 and a Master’s in Public Administration from Stanislaus State in 2003.

Co-chair, faculty
Qingwen Dong

Qingwen Dong is a professor and the director of the graduate program in Department of Communication at University of the Pacific. He received the minority scholarship from the Association in Education for Journalism and Mass Communication while working on his doctorate at Washington State University.

After joining Pacific in 1995, he became the first Chinese American to chair a Department of Communication in the nation. He is a recipient of the university’s highest teaching and research honor, the Award for Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar; its highest honor for scholarship, the Award for Faculty Research Lecturer; and its highest honor for service, the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring.

He served as Provost Faculty Fellow in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. His teaching and research focus on intercultural communication, socialization and media effects. 

Qingwen Dong

Voting members

Rupa Balachandran, Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences

Stan Constantino, assistant Dean of Admissions, School of Dentistry

Scout Cooper-Wilson, ASuop President, student

Qingwen Dong, Professor of Communication

Melanie Felmlee, Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmacy

Susan Giraldez, Associate Professor of Modern Language & Literature

Joshua Harzman, Assistant Director of Housing

Ahmed Kanna, Associate Professor of International Studies

Larry Levine, Professor of Law

Randall Ogans, Enterprise Applications Developer

Leonard Perry, Men’s Basketball Coach

Marshea Pratt, Assistant Director of Alumni Clubs and Regional Programs

Cecilia Ruvalcaba, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Tracy Simmons, McGeorge Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions, Strategic Diversity Initiatives and Financial Aid

Paul Subar, Academic Council Chair

Ex-officio non-voting members

Allison Dumas, Associate Vice President of Student Involvement & Equity

Hector Escalante, University Ombuds

Deborah Freeman, Director of AA/EEO

Marge Grey, Associate Vice President of University Strategic Communications

Mike Klocke, Community Relations Director

Joan Lin-Cereghino, Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs

Danny Nuss, Services for Students with Disabilities Director

Cassady Ogedegbe, Associate Dean of Students for Sacramento and San Francisco

Tracy Patton, Community Involvement Program Exec. Director 

Edie Sparks, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education

Elizabeth Trayner, Title IX Coordinator

Susan Vang, Intercultural Student Success Coordinator

Melissa Yamanaka, Diversity and Outreach Manager for Dental Admissions