|Submission Date||March 4, 2021|
University of the Pacific
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups
|1.50 / 3.00||
Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:
In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the university considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to university programs on the basis of individual merit. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, color, language use, religion, religious creed, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, cancer-related or genetic-related medical condition, disability, pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, citizenship status, military service status, or any other status protected by law (including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972).
Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:
A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:
The university has a bias response team (BRT). Response by the BRT includes meeting with the complainant (when identified) and providing support resources to affected parties. Complainants are referred to appropriate university resources to file a formal complaint, e.g., Student Conduct and Community Standards, Human Resources, Title IX, or Public Safety. One or more of these departments can initiate an investigation leading to possible adjudication of the complaint.
Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:
The Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity (OAAEEO) was established within the last three years. The OAAEEO serves as the equal employment opportunity and compliance office for staff (and faculty) recruitment. Additionally, the office and works collaboratively across all three campuses to ensure that Pacific is recruiting a diverse pool for new and open positions to identify and implement policies and practices that strengthen Pacific’s hiring practices.
Faculty Recruitment & Hiring
The Assistant Provost for Diversity and the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs updated the ‘Guide to Faculty Recruitment’ on how to plan and execute a successful faculty search while simultaneously working to minimize unconscious bias during the process. A search committee member must regularly monitor the applicant pool. When hiring a new faculty member the search committee must include the sites used for advertising the position. The application pool is then compared to the statistics of a national group to determine whether the pool has met the expectations of the committee and national numbers. Bearing in mind that this is discipline specific, recognizing the saturation of specific sexes in a discipline. Additionally, The Assistant Provost for Diversity expanded previous efforts to train chairs of faculty search committees to training the entire committee on ways to mitigate unconscious bias in the search process. Since then, every search committee for any tenure-track faculty position has undergone this training
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs designed specifically to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs designed specifically to support academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:
The Division of Student Life offers a number of programs to support underrepresented students.
The Center for Intercultural Student Success has multiple programs to support students from underrepresented groups including students who identify as Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi, Black, LantinX, Native American, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer/questioning (LGBTQ+).
The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life supports student from various religious groups.
Success TRiO is a US Department of Education grant-funded program serving first-generation, underrepresented students. Services for SUCCESS-TRiO students include: include tutoring, direct financial assistance, academic, financial, personal, and career counseling.
The Community Involvement Program is a comprehensive, need-based scholarship and retention program for first-generation college students from the Stockton community.
The Pacific PROMISE Scholars program helps former foster care and homeless students see higher education as a path toward achieving their dreams. Since 2012, we have worked with students to develop a foundation for success in college through advocacy, assistance and support.
Student Life also coordinates Services for Students with Disabilities.
All benefit eligible staff have access to three face to face counseling sessions via the Employee Assistance program.
Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Staff recruitment questions can be directed to Deborah Freeman, Director of AA/EEO
Student recruitment information from: Christopher P. Ferguson, VP for Enrollment Management
Bathrooms: While gender-neutral bathrooms are clearly labeled, there is no comprehensive inventory listed online. All bathrooms with a single stall are clearly marked as gender neutral.
Student Support Programs: https://www.pacific.edu/student-life/equity-inclusion
Tracy Patton, executive director of the Community Involvement and Equity Programs provided student support information