Center for Gender Equity

The Center for Gender Equity (promotes dialogue, programming, service, research, education and advocacy to support gender equity at Pacific University and in its neighboring communities. The center offers the following.

  • Academics, including a minor in gender and sexuality studies
  • Programming, such as speakers, plays and workshops
  • Advocacy activities supporting marriage equality, HIV/AIDS prevention and research, and an end to sexual assault and domestic violence
  • Service, including camps and workshops for youth, minorities and women in the community

The Center for Gender Equity (CGE) is open to everyone on Pacific University’s campuses and in the community, regardless of gender. We seek opportunities to cooperate with any group, as long as that collaboration furthers the mission of CGE. Services and programming reach out to all genders.

The AIDS Quilt - Pacific University Library Forest Grove

Several panels of the AIDS Quilt will be on display throughout the month of November at the Pacific library in Forest Grove and at the Pacific Hillsboro Campus in Creighton Hall (north entrance on Washington Street).

This year the presentation of the AIDS Quilt is particularly significant because each of the panels commemorates individuals associated with members of our community.

To honor this connection, an “Evening of Remembrance” will be held with the Quilt panels as backdrop. A short presentation from an HIV+ person will be followed by a reading of the names by Rev. Charles Currie and a few words from people who will share memories of their loved ones memorialized in the Quilt .

Date:  November 13, 2014
Time:  6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Place:  Pacific Forest Grove Library, first floor (for map
Light hors d'oeuvres served

In addition to the AIDS Quilt, a display has been installed from the Pacific archive documenting the gay communities’ reactions to the AIDS epidemic from the 1980s – 90s.

The event is free and open to the public.

Library hours in November:

Sponsors:  Center for Gender Equity, Forest Grove Library, Cecelia Warner

About the AIDS QUILT:
In June of 1987, a small group gathered in a San Francisco storefront, and their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Today the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. It contains more than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels made by friends, lovers and family members commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS.  The last display of the entire AIDS Memorial Quilt was in October of 1996 when The Quilt covered the entire National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Quilt was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and remains the largest community art project in the world