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Black Lives Matter demonstration
Pacific University Psychology Professors Mike Christopher and Matt Hunsinger didn’t anticipate that their research would so closely track the headlines. It just turned out that way. And now they're finding that work has particular resonance as America grapples with questions of inherent racism in the systems of justice and law enforcement.
Zaman Ahmar
Pacific University Assistant Professor Ahmar Zaman, along with doctoral student Esther Fiore PsyD '26 and another co-author, published an op-ed in the Washington Post about what is required in an appropriate apology.
Dr. Jenny Coyle portrait
Pacific University alumna, parent, former professor and dean will become the 18th president.
Narce Rodriguez
This month reminds me to take stock of where systemic racism continues to persist and to recognize that, here at Pacific University, we have an opportunity not only to educate, but also to learn from the experiences of one another.
1980 Boxer softball
Pacific University will induct its first all-women’s Athletic Hall of Fame class this spring, aligning with the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which opened doors for more women’s sports nationwide. The 26th induction class includes women’s basketball standout Brenda (Roberson) Edlund ’93, National Champion women’s wrestler Kapua (Torres) Keefe ’07, and the 1980 softball team.
Dr. Mari Fujimoto
Researchers in Pacific University’s College of Optometry believe they are getting closer to understanding how to alter the elongation that occurs in the eyes of many children. As a result, they think they’re getting close to developing a protocol to slow the progression of myopia — nearsightedness.
Boykoff
Pacific University Politics and Government Department Chair and Professor Jules Boykoff is a go-to voice of skepticism about the Games, and a particular critic of the choice to award them to Beijing. He offers an overview about these Olympics.
Constantinescu, McGhee and Mendoza
Optometry students Bianca Mendoza OD ’22 and Melissa Constantinescu OD ’22 learned a lot about eye care — and human care in New Orleans.
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.
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.

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