Resources | Orientation

Questions & Answers | Affinity Groups

Questions & Answers

Can my parents come?
Yes! Your families are welcome to help you move in and experience orientation with you. There will be programming specifically for families on campus and on a Moodle page. 

Is Orientation in person?
YES!  We are excited to welcome students and their families in person this year! There will be some online components through a Moodle class. This class will be made available soon and students should complete the mandatory aspects prior to Orientation. 

Do I have to sign up for events? If so, where?
When you check in for Orientation, you will be provided with a program and schedule for all the events you should attend during the orientation. There is no need to sign up for events.  Most of orientation is mandatory but there are some optional activities as well.

Is moving in part of Orientation?
Yes, all arrivals to the University will have a component of checking in with Orientation and then you will be directed to move into your residence hall.  On August 25, you will need to be moved in (not necessarily settled in) by 1pm when orientation programming begins. 

Is there a schedule for Orientation?
A schedule will be provided for you when you arrive on campus. Orientation is packed this year with great events and opportunities for students and families to connect with each other and the University. Programming will run from your move in /start day through Sunday the 29th. 

Who do I contact about Orientation?
 If you have any questions about Orientation, please feel free to email us at

Affinity Groups

At Pacific, we are striving to create an environment where everyone feels welcome and included. Throughout Orientation, and your time at Pacific overall, you will have numerous opportunities to connect with students from all different identities and backgrounds. We value providing spaces for students to build connection and community across differences.  We also honor the importance of providing affinity group spaces for people to connect with others who hold shared identities, especially when those identities have been targeted or marginalized.

The term affinity group is used as a bringing together of people who have an identifier in common, e.g. race, gender, sexuality, etc. Affinity groups are for individuals who identify as members of the group, and can speak to the experience of being a member of the group from the "I" perspective.

We are offering the following affinity group meetings as part of Orientation:

  • The Black Student Union (BSU): BSU is an inclusive community open to any student that in any way identifies as Black. The BSU seeks to create a space for black students where they can engage,enjoy, and empower each other. The BSU holds monthly social events on Saturdays and provides students individual support throughout the term. 
  • Association of Latinx and Ally Students (ALAS): ALAS is dedicated to promoting an understanding of the culture, heritage and needs of the Latinx community at Pacific University, and in the larger area. ALAS is a community, a safe place, and a family. We strive to influence our community for the better and to improve ourselves in the process by celebrating our heritage and emphasizing a sense of togetherness. The second A in ALAS stands for Ally. We recognize that our allies are crucial to effecting change, and we welcome anyone who wants to be part of our growing family. 
  • Asian Pacific American Student Union (APASU): APASU strives to build bridges between the various Asian and Pacific Islander cultures that exist among our community while sharing and understanding the uniqueness of each of our Asian Pacific Islander (API) identities and experiences. Not only do we promote building connections between the various API cultures and experiences, but we empower our members to become leaders of their communities. We also want to provide an inclusive space that is comfortable, open for dialogue and is a support system for API identifying students because, after all, we are such an expansive, and diverse group. Despite being an API-specific affinity group at Pacific, we welcome allies of our community to join in to learn, have fun, and create meaningful connections at our gatherings.
  • Veteran Services: Veterans Services exists to serve veteran students and military family members. Staff provide opportunities to build community through education and recreational programming. They also assist individuals with acclimating to the university and managing paperwork and documentation. Come visit the Veterans Resource Center on the 3rd floor of Clark and take advantage of the Veterans only student lounge.
  • LGBTQ+: Are you part of the LGBTQ+ community or exploring that possibility? Are you a passionate ally? Come meet with other queer-identifying students in one of three groups to hear experiences of being queer in the classroom, find resources available on campus, and join an ongoing student chat! We hope to connect you to accepting friends as well as LGBTQ+ centered organizations and future events. (Dates/Times to be determined)
  • Nā Haumāna O Hawaiʻi (NHOH, Hawaii Club): Want to meet other students who are interested in learning more about the culture of Hawaiʻi? Come join our club and participate in civic engagement projects, on and off campus programming, and even dance in our annual Lūʻau and Hōʻike.  No matter where you’re from, we hope you’ll join us! 
  • First Generation Student Success Association (FGSSA): About 25 percent of Pacific students are the first in their families to attend college. If you are a first-generation college student, we want to help you make Pacific your home. We have resources to help you succeed! FGSSA is a student-run club that formed in 2018. This club aims to enhance the academic, social, and professional skills for students who are the first in their family to attend college. Anyone can join!
  • All Student Athletes: Over 500 student-athletes participate on one or more of our 24 Varsity and 5 Junior Varsity Boxer Athletic teams each year. The athletic department participates as members of the NCAA Division III and Northwest Conference. We welcome our newest student-athletes to our athletic family and invite all students to join us in cheering our teams on throughout the year! Go Boxers!

We know many identities are not represented in these groups (i.e. indigineous folx, folx with disabilities, etc). We are continuously adjusting our affinity groups based on student needs, so please indicate if you are interested in creating additional spaces. You can also create spaces for connection more informally as well, or join one of many clubs and organizations we offer at Pacific, or even create your own.


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