University of the Pacific & Diversity

Diversity at Pacific

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Our community at the University of the Pacific— students, faculty, staff, and alumni—believes that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to the fulfillment of our institutional mission.  We value inclusiveness in teaching, learning, co-curricular programming, admissions, hiring and retention.

We remain deeply committed to promoting and maintaining a respectful campus community. Pacific facilitates opportunities for shared understanding without discrimination 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.

We are dedicated to an ongoing, collaborative effort to advance and sustain the inclusive excellence of Pacific in an increasingly multicultural society and global economy.  This transformative process is accomplished through our distinctive integration of liberal arts and professional education which nurtures the development of citizen leaders, open discourse, self-reflection, innovation, and experiential learning.

Based on the demographics of our enrollment, the University of the Pacific is classified as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and is eligible to apply for Title III and Title V funding from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Diversity Course Requirement

All undergraduate students must complete one diversity course as a key curricular component of Pacific’s commitment to inclusive excellence and to developing students with strong intercultural competencies.University of the Pacific powercat

University Diversity Committee

The University Diversity Committee (UDC) is charged jointly by the President and Academic Council to consult with the University Diversity Leadership (Diversity Leadership Team and campus leads) and make recommendations on all diversity-related matters, such as, university climate, student recruitment and retention, faculty and staff recruitment and retention, curricular and co-curricular affairs, and alumni/community outreach. 

Diversity Training

Search committees are trained in best practices for recruitment and hiring in order to mitigate unconscious bias.  Additionally, ongoing developmental opportunities for faculty and staff are provided in the form of workshops, seminars or interactive learning experiences.  Examples include:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Training
  • Intercultural Development Inventory
  • SafeZone Training
  • Stop the Hate Training
  • Visions Dialogue Training

Other Program Highlights

  • African American Recruitment and Retention Committee
  • Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop

  • Bias Response Team

  • Coming Out Week
  • Cultural Heritage and History Months (assigned to all months throughout the academic year)

  • DREAMer, DACA, and undocumented student resources
  • El Centro: Latinx Outreach and Academic Resource Center
  • Migrant Worker Health Initiative

  • Multicultural Organizations
  • Pacific Academia de Matematicas
  • Pacific LGBTQIA Conference
  • Pride Resource Center
  • STEPS (Students Emerging as Pacificans)
  • Veterans Services

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