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.


You are invited to the annual breakfast and raffle in support of Pacific University’s CENTER FOR GENDER EQUITY
(CGE). The fundraiser breakfast/raffle is taking place at Pacific University, Washburne Hall 110 on Thursday, May 24th.

NEW this year: you can contribute to a specific program that CGE sponsors or cause CGE supports.  Come to the breakfast and learn about all that CGE does and the impact it has for students, faculty, staff and the community. Give to events that particularly speak to you. We would love your suggestions about what programming would be beneficial for you!

LOOK AT “FUNDRAISER” on this page for a list of raffle items—the list is still growing! You do not have to be present to win; just have a friend buy tickets for you.

If you are not able to attend the breakfast, you can make a tax-deductible donation to CGE on-line.  Just go to “,” under GIFT DESIGNATION, scroll to “Other” and enter “Center for Gender Equity” on the drop-down menu. 

CGE provides Pacific University students, faculty, staff and local communities with a diversity of programming on all aspects of gender. We have sponsored several high profile events that serve our communities and give students the opportunity to exercise organizational and leadership skills. Examples are full-day conferences for middle school girls (Girls Today) and another for boys (Boy’s Today), a conference for educators on serving the needs of LGTBQ+ students in the schools, work with the Latina community—an astounding panel discussion on Latina Feminism, and activities that bring attention to sexual assault and domestic violence such as the annual “Take Back the Night” march. Every year CGE celebrates diversity in our society through its “LGBTQ Week” events, and this year we added “Spectrum Outreach,” a social/support group for LGBTQ open to students and community. Also, we are getting ready for our biennial travel class to India, where students study at a woman’s college during January.

NEW THIS YEAR were several presentations on health and gender at the Hillsboro campus, and we are beginning work with the Masters of Social Work on the Eugene campus.  We also produced Vagina Monologues a play by Eve Ensler about challenges women face. CGE is focusing on programming for men, and this year we sponsored a film, The Mask You Live In for the university and public to bring attention to repressive male gender roles. Next September, we are planning a national conference on masculinity.

See you on May 24th!


The new endowed scholarship adds to a legacy of support from the Rotary Club, which has previously provided scholarships for more than 100 students to attend Pacific.
Please join us in congratulating Rebecca Gasca and Kayla Peters, second and first year PT students respectively, who were selected as recipients of the Sara Hopkins-Powell Scholarship Fund. 
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to give a talk at 5 p.m. Forest Grove School Board Candidate Forum begins at 6:30.