Affinity Groups

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. 

Anyone interested in learning more about joining our affinity groups, please contact OEDI at

BIPOC Faculty & Staff Affinity Group

The BIPOC Affinity Group is an employee group committed to creating an inclusive, supportive, and affirming environment for self-defined faculty and staff of direct Black, Indigenous, People of Color descent, including those who also define themselves as multicultural. This affinity group aligns with OEDI’s programming and strategic goals to support the retention and empowerment of Pacific’s BIPOC faculty and staff. The BIPOC Faculty & Staff Affinity Group meets monthly. 

LGBTQIA+ Staff & Faculty Affinity Group

The LGBTQIA+ Staff & Faculty Affinity Group is for anyone in the Pacific University community who falls under the Queer and Trans umbrella. The purpose of this group is to build community, network, and provide support to our fellow faculty and staff members. 

Anti-Racist White Affinity Group

The purpose of this affinity group is accountability. The BIPOC community too often is engage in the emotional labor of educating white people about racism and part of the purpose of this group is to create space for white-identified people to education each other and what it means to center the voices and needs of our BIPOC community, while taking necessary responsibility to engage in anti-racism work, especially understanding and dismantling white supremacy culture, and developing anti-oppressive practices. The group is open to any faculty or staff member who identify as white or has white privilege. 

OEDI Bookclub

In an effort to engage in continued anti-oppressive practices and productive discussion, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will host a monthly book club, every third Friday of the month at 12:00 pm, open to anyone in the Pacific University Community. The discussion will take place at the University Center. Look for signage at a community table.

To join the bookclub, just read the book and drop in, prepared to discuss with others. This is a brave space where participants are asked to practice cultural humility.

The following are titles to be discussed each month: 

  • September 17 | Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, by Jose Antonio Vargas (Borrow from Pacific Libraries / Borrow from OEDI / Publisher / Amazon
  • October 15 | Funeral for Flaca, by Emilly Prado (Borrow from Pacific Libraries / Borrow from OEDI / Publisher)
  • November 19 | Seven Fallen Feathers, Tanya Talaga 
  • December 17 | White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, by Tim Wise
  • January 21 | So you want to talk about race, Ijeoma Oluo
  • February 18 | How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
  • March 18 | What White People Can Do Next, by Emma Dabiri
  • April 15 | It's Time to Talk (and Listen): A Handbook for Healing Conversations About Race, Class, Sexuality, Ability, Gender, and More , by Anatasia Kim, Alicia del Pardo
  • May 13* | Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, Cathy Park Hong (*Date changed due to Commencement activities)
  • June 17 | Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin


Staff Senate books


If you would like to propose and lead an additional affinity group to support Pacific University's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, please contact OEDI at