Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Statement from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (5/5/22): 

"In the last year there has been a historic number of policies and laws in the United States targeted at restricting reproductive healthcare and gender affirming healthcare access. Many states are also targeting gender diverse young people in the classroom, in athletics, and in their homes - going as far as to separate them from supportive families who love them.  The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion believes in bodily autonomy and access to life saving health care for all who need it. For further information or how to get involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy or Reproductive Justice efforts, please contact V Martin, Director for The Center for Gender Equity at"

The primary role of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is to lead and manage an institution-wide effort to support and further develop a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff at Pacific University through development and programming that foster equity and inclusion in the broadest sense possible. Pacific University continues to work on multiple fronts to continue to support the University’s long-time tradition of being a nurturing and supportive learning environment, preparing students for success in a diverse, global community. We serve the diversity goals and educational mission partnership with the University Diversity Committee.

Additional Resources: 


Affinity GroupsOEDI Instagram

Affinity Groups are a vital part of the OEDI programming that provides direct community support for faculty and staff. Affinity Groups are spaces made for folks who share an identity to convene together, build community, offer support, and explore identity. The OEDI knows it is important to center our identities in order to build community and gain support from peers. 

OEDI currently offers three employee affinity groups for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and anti-racist white allies. A bookclub begins September 2021! For more information, see the Affinity Group webpage


Bias Incident Education Team

How to file a Bias or Hate Incident Report: If you have experienced/witnessed a bias incident, there are several ways to submit a report.

  1. Complete an online bias incident report by clicking the following link: Bias Incident Report Form
  2. Call the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at (503) 352-3072 during business hours to make a report.
  3. You may request an in-person meeting to report a bias incident by emailing with your request.

File a Bias Report


Diversity & Equity Campus Climate Survey

BLM statementUnder direction from the University Diversity Committee, a sub-committee was formed to review the 2019 Executive Summary and create a presentation along with recommendations. This presentation is going through a governance tour across all major university committees and several departments, including President's Cabinet, Provost's Council, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, University Council, and student senates. 

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion looks forward to using the survey data and recommendations from the Diversity Committee to be able to engage the entire university in continuing anti-racist work that supports all students.

The executive summary, presentation, and a recorded version of the presentation available to anyone at the University via Box.


Contact Us

Jean Garcia-Chitwood, PhD | Acting Vice President of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Email the OEDI team at

Upcoming Events

All Day | Saturday, April 8, 2023
Forest Grove
4:30 p.m. | Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Forest Grove, Pacific Hall, Center for Gender Equity (127)


Faculty and staff are invited to an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion presentation aimed at fostering a more inclusive workplace for employees. Learn more about this online event scheduled for March 22. 

Rainbow poster image for Pacific University Theatre production of The Importance of Being Earnest

Pacific University's Theatre department is charmed to present our Spring 2023 production of Oscar Wilde's "THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST," directed by guest artist Cassie Greer.

Get your tickets for the 62nd annual Nā Haumāna O Hawai'i Lūʻau & Hōʻike at Pacific University! Tickets will be available through Friday, March 10.