Letter from the Vice President of Student Affairs & Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Dear Pacific University Community,

As the Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, I want to thank this 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 oppressive practices and shine light on overt and covert inequities.

Given the hardships of the 2020-2021 academic year, including the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and so many others, alongside a pandemic that continues to disproportionately impacted communities of color, a contentious political environment, and the steep rise in hate-crimes, it feels imperative that we reflect on the issue of systemic inequalities here at Pacific University, as we move our university toward becoming a more anti-racist and anti-oppressive institution.

The primary role of the OEDI is to lead and manage an institution-wide effort to support and further develop a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff through development and programming that foster equity and inclusion in the broadest sense possible. For Pacific University and other institutions, 2020-2021 was a difficult year, but I am invigorated by the work that our university is engaging in. We are moving the needle toward a more just society.

Pacific 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.  With Pacific’s mission in mind, the OEDI works to ensure equitable opportunities and provides resources for students, faculty and staff. Our work is guided by the IDEA Powered Leadership model, of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access.

OEDI has worked diligently this past year to develop a hub of EDI resources and information, support for multiple affinity groups, guidance on reporting and handling bias and hate incidents, education on writing land acknowledgements, and serves as an umbrella for many of Pacific University’s centers (including The Center for Gender Equity, The Student Multicultural Center, and the Office of Hawai’i Outreach and Programming). We serve the diversity goals and educational mission of Pacific through partnership with the University Diversity Committee. However, my office cannot do this work alone.

Throughout 2020-2021, we continued to strengthen partnerships with all areas of the University. Within this report, you will learn more about the feats they have accomplished this past year, and all they hope to do in the future. I hope you use this report to benchmark our efforts, but also to hold us accountable for all we have left to do. Our office is here to support you as we continue anti-oppressive work here at Pacific University.

In solidarity,

Narce Rodriguez

Vice President for Student Affairs & Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

 


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.

Values

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