Letter from the Vice President of Student Affairs & Chief EDI Officer

Narce RodriguezDear Students, 

Welcome to Pacific University! We are delighted to have you join our Pacific University family. As you begin your educational journey this 2021-2022 academic year, you are embarking on an exciting path, full of learning, promise and hope. The Office of Student Affairs and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is committed to working with you on this journey. Our goal is to instill in you a sense of belonging. In Student Affairs, it is our duty to help you take full advantage of the opportunities you will find at this great university, not just within the walls of our classrooms, but across all of our campuses, and it is a duty we take seriously. 

We constantly strive to meet the needs of all of our students, undergraduate and graduate alike. Pacific University has exemplary faculty and staff who are here to support you. Our campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn are designed to have an atmosphere conducive to meet academic goals. As a Pacific University student, you will have access and opportunities for leadership development, academic support, networking, community service, and personal growth. We encourage you to participate in the many extra curriculum, we offer. Many of our campus leaders are involved in Student Government, Greek Life, Student Orientation, Veteran Services, programming with one of our many centers such as the Student Multicultural Center or the Center for Gender Equity, or compete as a student-athlete.

While we hope that your time at Pacific University is memorable and positive, we also recognize that some students may experience difficulties in adjusting to campus life, academically or personally. If you find yourself or someone you care about struggling, I encourage you to reach out to one of our many support systems. Please visit our Student Support page for information on connecting with the Student Counseling Center, Office of Accessibility and Accommodations, and many other student support services. Additionally, you can visit our Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion page to learn more about efforts Pacific is making toward social justice. 

Your time at Pacific will go faster than you might imagine. I encourage you to take the time to get to know your faculty, staff and peers. I encourage you to ask questions, to learn all you can about Pacific and what we can offer you. Most of all, I expect you to study hard, meet new friends, gets involved, and most importantly, have fun. We are here to support you in any way we can. Go Boxers! 

See you around campus,

Narce Rodriguez
Vice President for Student Affairs & Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer