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Pacific University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, Oregon 97116
(503) 352-6151
School Information
Pacific University is a diverse learning community offering a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education, business, optometry and the health professions. Pacific University serves nearly 3,900 students on its campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., and also operates a variety of healthcare clinics in the greater Portland area. Students and alumni hail from all 50 states and several countries around the world. We are committed to inspiring students to think, care, create, and pursue justice in a global community. Pacific values a diverse and inclusive environment and a free exchange of ideas.
General Information
Pacific University does not yet require CRT training for faculty, staff, or students. However, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is in the process of developing a strategic plan that calls on college deans and vice presidents to "develop short- and intermediate-term goals specific to diversity and justice in each area of the university community, including arts and sciences, education, business, health professions, or student and employee support. Some areas of the university have well-developed plans, while others are in earlier stages. These plans will be reviewed with the university community this fall [2021]." (source: Additionally, "All search committees for new faculty and staff recruitment receives [sic] diversity training and assistance in identifying a diverse pool of highly qualified applicants."

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The OEDI 2020 Annual Report lays out goals and visions for expanding diversity campus-wide. It includes this support statement for BLM: "Black Lives Matter | Given the ongoing, tragic killings of unarmed Black and brown human beings, and the mission of Pacific University and the OEDI, we feel it’s important to state that we stand in solidarity with those who are targets of this violence. We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. Additionally, the OEDI is working on multiple fronts 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, by collaborating with many stakeholders across colleges and departments.The OEDI can assist you in arranging development workshops as well as provide you more information on opportunities or workshops."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The university offers "SOC 360 - Critical Race Theory" as a means to satisfy certain core requirements.
  • The university allows students to study “Gender, Race and Global Inequality.”
  • Pacific University is in the process of expanding its Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and is crafting a strategic plan for campus-wide diversity.
  • The OEDI has created a mission, vision, and values statement: "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"
  • The Undergraduate Student Senate issued a statement declaring their solidarity with BLM and encouraging students to donate to BLM, ActBlue, and other activist organizations.
  • The university offers "Foundations of Change: Anti-Racism in Supervision with Students | MSW Field Educators," which will discuss "the responsibilities we hold as field instructors and strategies of support from an anti-racist perspective."
  • The library system has provided anti-racist resources.
Symbolic Actions
  • The university president hosted a BLM Town Hall online event in October 2020.
  • The university will be hosting monthly book club meetings to discuss "anti-oppressive" readings.
  • The Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion has conducted a "Diversity & Equity Campus Climate Survey."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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