Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation

The Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation is named after Oregon’s most famous governor. The center works to connect Pacific University students with policymakers. Through a combination of internship opportunities and on-campus activities, the center seeks to break down the walls of the ivory tower so that students learn the practical side of being citizens and to connect the university with the larger community.

Next Events

Peter Singer lecture

Thursday 10 September, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM - Stoller Center: Join us for a free and public lecture on "The Most Good You Can Do: Effectively Aiding Humans and Other Animals. Co-sponsored by the McCall Center. "The next Whiteley Lecture will feature Peter Singer, one of the most well-known contemporary philosophers and an influential public figure. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. His writings on ethics, medicine, health care, charitable giving, effective altruism, public policy, and animal issues have influenced not just countless philosophy students, but also well-known public figures. His book, Animal Liberation, is credited with starting the modern animal rights movement.Singer’s latest book The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically, will be the First Year Seminar (FYS) summer text. This lecture, taking place in the Stoller Center on Pacific University's Forest Grove Campus, will be free and open to the public. A reception will follow, hosted by Pacific University and NW Veg.

Hispanic Heritage Month Forum

Saturday 19 September, 8:30-3:45. Salúd Services, Tuality Health Education Center, 334 SE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon. Registration required (can be done at the door). The division that has kept communities apart, divided and often in conflict has its roots in real and perceived biases, prejudice and discrimination. Litigation and legislation have sought to eradicate such division but with minimal results as evident by social, economic and political divides that prevail in the public and private sector. The objectives of this forum will include: To highlight the work of community organizations (service providers & advocacy groups) serving Hispanics in Washington County advancing civic engagement and collaboration;  To summarize the services provided by the public sector including city, county, state and federal government and their efforts to engage minority and underserved communities; To define/identify the intersection where community and government entities meet to advance/promote equity to improve the quality of life for all. Co-sponsored by Pacific’s Office of Diversity, Center for Civic Engagement, Hispanic Heritage Student Association; Tuality Health Alliance: Salúd Services; Washington County Health and Human Services, Land Use and Transportation, and Office of Community Development; Latino Leadership Network of Washington County; Human Rights Council of Washington County; George Fox University; City of Hillsboro; Centro Cultural of Washington County; City of Forest Grove.

League of Minority Voters State of Civil Rights Forum

 29 October, 6:00-8:30 pm. Annual celebration of accomplishments by Oregon’s League of Minority Voters. Contact OLMV for admission details.

About the McCall Center

Here are ways the McCall Center works with the Pacific community:

  • Connects students and policy makers for activities that satisfy the Civic Engagement requirement for undergraduate students
  • Brings policymakers to campus and the Forest Grove community
  • Cosponsors events series at which students, the larger community, and policymakers can interact
  • Works with students to create projects that combine academic analysis and work with policy making processes

The director of the McCall Center, Jim Moore, works to make all this happen. Dr. Moore is one of the most widely used political analysts in the Pacific Northwest, cited in more than 3,200 newspaper and magazine articles, interviewed more than 5,100 times, and appearing frequently on television and radio to explain the political events of the day. He uses his connections in the political world to connect Pacific and policymakers in Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C.


Jim Moore | Director, Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation
503-352-2288 |