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What is it to belong? How do we create true belonging? How does our sense of belonging shift over time and from place to place? Students in Pacific's culture clubs are invited to participate in a series of workshops In Warner Hall Feb. 12 and 19 built around these questions, culminating in a showcase for an invited audience on Feb. 26.  
Martin Luther King Jr Delivering 'I Have A Dream Speech' - National Archives public domain image
Here at Pacific we want our values of social justice to be apparent in the daily experiences of students, faculty and staff. We want that very basic human right of feeling like we belong. Ultimately, each of us is responsible for sustaining an environment that is welcoming and can uphold Dr. King's dream.
Yshica Island receives an award
Pacific University is proud to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of its employees this spring. Please consider nominating your colleagues and community members who have gone the extra mile for Pacific University and our students. Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 18, and forms are online. If you know of a faculty member who is deserving of an award nomination, please reach out to your area dean or director.
Vasquez-Rodriguez
As a social worker, Maria Vasquez-Rodriguez ’22 aims to straighten and shorten the path of patients who are buffeted by the health system. She was awarded the social work scholarship named for Claire Argow.
Pamela (Paguia) Christianson '85 and Erik Christianson '83, OD '86 met on campus in 1982 and were married five years later. Their Boxer love story includes two sons and exciting careers in Alaska. 
Pitonyak most recently served as associate director of the University of Puget Sound School of Occupational Therapy. She joins Pacific's faculty in March 2022.
Pacific Employee Holds Up Vaccination Card at Early 2021 Clinic
All eligible students and employees must show proof of booster by Feb. 11.
Portrait of Mary Von
Formerly the director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies, Von has been serving as interim vice provost and executive dean since July 1.
The MFA in Writing program is excited to be welcoming guest writers to the January residency, including poet and translator Adalber Salas Hernández, memoirist Rebecca Carroll, and writer Siddhartha Deb (not pictured).
The MFA in Writing program has planned an incredible line-up of guests for January's Residency.

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