The Diversity & Inclusion Committee was founded in 2008 to support a thriving humanistic campus culture and inclusive excellence at the Dugoni School of Dentistry. The committee promotes and fosters a campus climate and culture that respects diversity in all forms, through inclusive discussions, professional development, interpersonal experiences, and intercultural appreciation — central to our core value of humanism and our responsibility to humanity.
Our priority is to develop and execute comprehensive and fluid strategies that enrich the Dugoni School's mission and values, which mirror the University of the Pacific's statement on diversity and inclusive excellence.
It is with a heavy heart that we share our frustration and sadness, both with the ongoing turbulence this week and the events that set it off — the recent senseless deaths of African Americans George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Their deaths are tragic reminders of the racialized bias and violence that exists in our society.
As part of the Dugoni School’s commitment to maintaining a culture of respect and inclusion, we must all stand together as a community now more than ever. We must recall our values and find our strength in our principles. We urge that we all stay united as a family and support each other during these difficult times. Reach out to your faculty, your classmates, your loved ones, your friends and mentors who are feeling the weight of these senseless tragedies. Let them know they are not alone.
As members of the Dugoni School, we’re collectively and individually in positions to share knowledge and demonstrate our best values. As we grieve for innocent lives lost, let’s strengthen our resolve to be part of the creation of a better world, a world in which reason, respect, and compassion prevail over ignorance and hatred. We will never stand for racial intolerance and we will continue to work very hard to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all.
In community, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The Diversity & Inclusion Committee has compiled a yearly calendar in an effort to raise awareness about diverse cultures, holidays and perspectives.