Letter from the Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Dear Pacific University Community,

Welcome from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (OEDI). As the Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, I want to thank the university community for making the commitment to assure equity is at the center of all we do. It is important that, as an institution, we dismantle inequities and shine light on overt and covert inequities.

The primary role of the Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer is to lead and manage an institution-wide effort to support and further develop a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff through policy development and programs that foster equity and inclusion in the broadest sense possible. This includes providing strategic, operational, and organizational leadership that grows capacity for intercultural competence, nurturing of diversity populations, and inclusive leadership across campus. The OEDI will be guided by the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. 

At the moment, OEDI is rapidly building capacity and would ask that you offer support and patience as the office is being established. The OEDI is working on multiple fronts in particular to continue to support the university’s long-time tradition for as a nurturing and supportive learning environment, preparing diverse students for success in a global community. 

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion's Mission, Vision, and Values are: 

Mission | The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (OEDI) is committed to provide leadership, and create partnerships to expedite shared responsibility for creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus in which students, faculty, and staff can prosper.

Vision | For Pacific to reflect and serve all segments of society and whose people, policies, protocols, practices and learning spaces serve as a model for inclusive excellence.


  • Social Justice
  • People
  • Strategic and Systemic Change
  • Shared Responsibility
  • Mutual Accountability

We have also create an Orientation video available explaining more about the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and it's work. The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion can assist you in arranging development trainings as well as provide you more information on opportunities or workshops for your group. Please reach out to my office for more information.  


Narce Rodriguez | Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Office of Student Affairs & Equity, Diversity and Inclusion