Ready to serve all Pacificans

UCDEI is comprised of 40 faculty, staff and students responsible for assisting in the development of programs, projects and policies that will enhance diversity, equity and inclusion, with emphasis on issues related to, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and disability.

Co-chair, faculty
Susan Giraldez

Susan Giraldez is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Language & LiteratureA former Assistant Dean of College of the Pacific, she has served as Chair of the Academic Council and is a past Chair of the Department of Modern Language & Literature.

In addition to her role as Co-Chair of the UCDEI, Dr. Giraldez is a board member of El Concilio California. She is the advisor to the Spanish language Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi and continues to serve on the Academic Council. She is the 2011 recipient of Pacific’s Enough is Enough Award for the Campaign to End Social Violence. In 2014 and 2018 she was named Outstanding Professor of the Year by Latinx Students.

Professor Giraldez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and Spanish from University of the Pacific, a Master of Arts in Spanish from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from University of California Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the faculty at Pacific in 1993 she taught as a lecturer at University of California Berkeley and worked as an Assistant Editor for McGraw-Hill Publishing.

Susan Giraldez
Allison Dumas
Co-chair, staff
Allison Dumas

Allison Dumas is the associate vice president of student life, equity and academic partnerships at University of the Pacific. Prior to this role, she served over 30 years at Pacific in equity and inclusion leadership as executive director of equity programs, director of community involvement program, and associate director of SUCCESS/TRiO.  

In addition to her role as co-chair of the UCDEI, she has been a member of the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, developed sustainable pipeline projects for underrepresented Stockton youth, and has received:

  • Paul Harris Fellow, by Rotary of Stockton
  • Woman of Distinction, 2013
  • Podesto Outstanding Mentor Award, 2016
  • UCC Dream Award, 2016
  • Champion of DEI, 2020 


Susan Giraldez, Associate Professor of Modern Language & Literature

Larry Levine, Professor of Law

Cynthia Dobbs, Professor of English

Elisa Chavez, Professor of Dentistry

Melanie Felmlee, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmaceutics

Jeff Burmeister, Associate Professor of Engineering


Allison Dumas, Associate Vice President for Equity and Academic Partnerships

Melissa Yamanaka, Diversity and Outreach Manager for Dental Admissions

Valerie James, Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions, Financial Aid & Diversity Initatives

Randall Ogans, Enterprise Applications Developer

Mariam El-menshawi, Director for California Victims Legal Resource Center and Adjunct Professor

Mario Enriquez, Director for Center for Identity and Inclusion

Daniel Nuss, Services for Students with Disabilities Director

Carrie Fox, Director of University Events

Leonard Perry, Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Mike Klocke, Interim Chief Communications Officer

Jessica Bilecki, Sustainability Director

Christian Cardona, Assistant Director for Undergraduate/Graduate Enrollment

Ronda Marr, Director for Procurement Services

Daniela Romero, University Financial Analyst

Francine Redada, Director of College Corps