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Pride Resource Center
McCaffrey Center, 1st Floor
Colleen Smith
Associate Director, Gender Equity & Pride


University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

Timeline: LGBTQIA at Pacific

LGBTQIA Historical Timeline at the University of the Pacific

The LGBTQIA community has had a long history of accomplishments at the University of the Pacific. Listed below is a timeline of some of our successes.

October 17, 1972 Gay Student's Union of Pacific publishes Statement of Purpose and Constitution/ Bylaws
1973    University General Catalogue begins to list clubs, but there is no mention of the Gay Student's Union or any sexually focused club
1978-79 Gay Student Union is listed under "special interest" in the General Catalogue
1983-87 Gays and Friends appears in the General Catalogue
1993 Gay Alliance of Pacific appears in the General Catalogue
1994    The Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Student's Guide to Colleges, Universities, and Graduate Schools is published featuring information on the University of the Pacific
1998-99 Homosexuals and Bisexuals Including Transgenders and Straights (HABITS) is founded and is the first gay club registered in the campus organization files
 2000-01 HABITS change their name to the Pacific Gay Straight Alliance (PGSA)
April 2002    The PRIDE flag is stolen.  Rally is held by members of Pacific community to support the LGBTQI students, faculty, staff, and alumni
2002 William "Bill" Jones '51 donates his estate to the University of the Pacific in order to establish a "Rainbow Community Room" in the William Knox Holt Memorial Library. The Rainbow Resource and Study Room on the second floor of the Library is dedicated in August 2015.
2002 Professor Larry Levine, from Pacific's Mc George School of Law, establishes the Jeffrey K. Poilé LGBT Civil Rights Memorial scholarship to support students committed to use their legal education to extend and protect the Civil Rights of LGBT people
Fall 2002 The PGSA change their name to the PRIDE (Promoting Respect in Diverse Environments) Alliance
April 7, 2003 Ground Breaking Ceremony for the PRIDE Resource Center. Center is located in John Ballentyne Residence Hall
October 26, 2003 PRIDE Resource Center Grand Opening
2003 Public Safety began recording and reporting hate crimes at the University
2005 Safe Zone, a program dedicated to creating safe spaces for Pacific LGBTQIA students and staff, is created by a doctoral intern in Counseling and Psychological Services
May 4, 2005 First Annual Lavender Graduation Held
November 2005 Pacific participates in the Campus Pride LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index, a national assessment tool used to assess the educational experience of LGBT and Ally people.  Participating for the first time, Pacific receives 3.5 stars (out of a possible 5)
 Summer 2007 PRIDE Center relocated within the Multicultural Center from John Ballantyne Hall to the McCaffrey Center
2007 Meridee Wilson, doctoral intern in Counseling and Psychological Services, revised and updated Safe Zone, added Train the Trainer component
November 2007 Pacific receives 4 stars (out of a possible 5) on the Campus Pride LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index.  This score improved by ½ a star from when the University first participated in the Index in 2005
February 9, 2008 "It Takes A Rainbow: Bridging the Mountains to the Bay" Conference held at Pacific.  The first LGBTQIA Regional Conference is held at the University
Fall 2008 Pride Pacific Alumni Club Established. Eric Dingler and Heather Dooley elected Co-Chairs
Spring 2009 Ashley Stubblefield, President of the Pride Alliance, is elected President of the Associated Students of the University of the Pacific (ASuop)
Spring 2009 Pacific's Office of Admissions, along with members of the Pride Pacific Alumni Club and PRIDE Alliance, recruits at the Campus Pride Admissions Fair aimed to LGBTQI students
May 14, 2009 Norm Allen is the keynote speaker at Pacific's 4th Annual Lavender Graduation
June 27, 2009 Pride Pacific Alumni club hosts its first reception at Alumni Weekend!
2009 Multicultural Affairs creates a student Safe Zone Liaison position to provide administrative support for Safe Zone
February, 2010 2nd Pacific LGBTQIA Conference - "It Takes A Rainbow: Bridging the Mountains to the Bay" held at the University
November 2011 Pacific receives 4.5 starts (out of a possible 5) on the Campus Pride LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index.  This score improved by ½ a star since 2007
Summer 2011 Norman Allen ('88, '94) establishes a display window in the Alex and and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House in honor of the Pacific Pride LGBTQIA Alumni Club
February, 2012 Pacific partners with UC Merced to host the Western Regional LGBTQIA Conference at the University, drawing over 700 attendees
March, 2012 Gender Umbrella Club, supporting trans* and gender non-conforming students, officially becomes a registered student organization
May 2012 Norman Allen ('88, '94) establishes the Norman Allen LGBTQIA Scholarship
June 1, 2012 In the Report of the Strategic Task Force on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence published on this date, Safe Zone was described as "a 60-90 minute Pacific outreach program that introduces participants to LGBTQIA terminology, history, and issues and identifies LGBTQIA safe spaces on campus with a Safe Zone Sticker."
August, 2012 Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Affairs becomes the Graduate Assistant Program Coordinator for the Pride Resource Center, creating the University's first dedicated staff member for the Pride Resource Center
2013 Theodore "Ted" Olson ('62), along with fellow attorney David Boies, serves as the legal team arguing against California's Proposition 8 which constitutionally banned same-sex marriage.  Olson argued the case in the US Supreme Court leading to the overturning of Proposition 8 in June 2013
January, 2013 Safe Zone moves under the Pride Resource Center and is coordinated by the Program Coordinator (Graduate Assistant).
February, 2013 Safe Zone training undergoes a significant update and re-envisioning process and is officially re-launched.
April 8, 2013 University of the Pacific hosts "8" the Play, created by Dustin Lance Black, which chronicles the true story of the California Prop 8 trial
April 2013 World premiere of "A Family of my Own", a University of the Pacific produced documentary on William "Bill" Jones, the first single gay man in the United States to adopt a child.
October, 2013 The Pride Resource Center celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a celebration during Homecoming Weekend
February, 2014 Pacific hosts their bi-annual LGBTQIA conference: "Reconstructing the Rainbow"
August 9, 2015  The Rainbow Resource and Study Room on the second floor of the William Knox Holt Memorial Library on the university's Stockton campus is dedicated in the name of William "Bill" Jones' son, Aaron Hunter Jones. Bill Jones '51 proposed the resource room so students could learn about the proud history of gays and lesbians in California.