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Pacific Diversity Programs

Diversity at Pacific

The University of the Pacific community - including students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni - believes that diversity and inclusion are essential to the fulfillment of our institutional mission. We value inclusiveness in learning, curricular and co-curricular programming, campus climate, recruitment, admissions, hiring and retention.

We remain deeply committed to promoting and maintaining a civil community that facilitates opportunities for shared understanding and expression of individual and collective truths. Moreover, we resolve to maintain a community that is respectful of all persons despite differences in age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, philosophical beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

We are committed to all members of the Pacific community becoming competent and ethical citizen leaders able to interact effectively and ethically in an increasingly multicultural society and global economy. This transformative process is accomplished through our distinctive integration of liberal arts and professional education promoting innovation, open discourse and dialogue, leadership development, experiential learning and self-reflection.

Program Highlights  

Academic Division Diversity Training

Faculty and staff training for hiring practices, workshops and a seminar on intercultural competency, diversity course requirement that students must complete 3 units from an array of diversity courses, faculty mentoring program for diverse faculty  

Employee Training

Staff development workshops, ongoing training and development opportunities

Student Programs

Diversity and inclusive excellence is addressed beginning with orientation, so all students are exposed in the co-curriculum as well as the curriculum.

  • Safe Zone training (developing sensitivity toward LGBTQIA persons and other socially oppressed populations)
  • Visions Dialogue Training (social justice and sensitivity training, also used if there are racial incidents on campus)
  • Stop the Hate training programs
  • Intercultural Development Inventory (administered with students and groups across campus that includes sensitivity training)
  • Bias Response Team
  • Cultural Heritage and History Months (assigned to all months throughout the academic year)
  • Tunnel of Oppression (experience as awareness activity)
  • Migrant worker health initiative
  • Coming Out Week
  • PRIDE Week and regional LGBT conference for LGBTQQIA community

Latina/o Outreach Initiatives 

  • Bilingual Financial Aid Workshop
  • Spanish-language admissions page and recruitment materials
  • Migrant Education Mentoring Program
  • Pacific Academia de Matematicas (PAM)
  • University Jumpstart
  • Member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

African-American Outreach Initiatives 

  • African American Recruitment and Retention committee
  • STEPS (bridge program for entering students)
  • Financial Aid Workshop

University Diversity Committee

Sponsors an annual retreat

Pacific Institute for Cross-Cultural Training

Provides individual and organizational intercultural competence training and consultation for students, faculty and staff

July 2012

Pacific does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression or mental or physical disability.