Diversity and Inclusion Committee

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.

Dugoni in Solidarity Statement (July 2020)

Diversity & Outreach Manager Melissa Yamanaka emailed the San Francisco Campus the official Dugoni in Solidarity Statement. Students, residents, staff, and faculty were given the chance to add their names in support of our School's statement.

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry family stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the Black community. With a humanistic environment as our defining characteristic, we are committed to reflect, learn, educate, and implement changes that will support our Black students, staff, faculty, alumni, patients, friends and family as well as the broader Black community.

As healthcare professionals, educators, students, and residents, we stand united against racial bias and violence that exists and will never stand for racial intolerance and prejudices. We also vow to work on dismantling any discriminatory practices within our institution, profession, and communities. We strive to tear down our inherent biases, to educate ourselves and others and to take action.

As we look towards change, here are resources to guide us in solidarity:

We recognize our solidarity is only the beginning. However, we commit to our goal of working toward an even better and more productive understanding of how our values of courage, empowerment, excellence, integrity, innovation, and leadership and our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives can be put into action to end anti-Black racism and prejudice.

“Ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
—James Baldwin

Statement: Standing Together In Solidarity (June 2020)

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 compiles a yearly calendar in an effort to raise awareness about diverse cultures, holidays and perspectives. Look for a new edition of the calendar soon.