Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

About Pacific College’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (EDI)


Who We Are

We are a multi-campus diverse mix of student representatives, faculty, alumni & administration with varied cultural experiences brought together by a passion to discover, acknowledge, and address the past, present and future needs of our Pacific College communities.

What We Do

We are committed to function as an advisory council & recommending body to the President of Pacific College, and as liaisons to departments across all Pacific College communities, including our clinical environments. Our shared goal is to actively produce positive change across the organization and create a safe space where people are valued regardless of sex, age, race, gender identification, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, national origin, culture and/or religious affiliation. As a committee we identify initiatives and resources that support the growing and evolving needs of our communities to advance awareness, education, compassion, and celebration of our diversity.

What We Stand For

We stand for integrity, positive change, celebration, inclusivity, equitable treatment and cultural acknowledgement for all who affiliate with Pacific College.

Definition of Terms

Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities.

Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.

Diversity is a measure of the similarities or differences that exist within a group of people.

Inclusion is the commitment to intentionally engage every person in the group, so that they feel respected, and that their viewpoint is valued.

Meet The Pacific College EDI Committee

Shanell LaBelle
EDI Co-Chair
Community Relations Manager


Dana Moore headshot

Dana Moore, LAc, DAc
EDI Co-Chair

New York

Ashley Kowal, EdD
VP of Student Services

New York

Chrysso Neophytou-Tsimis

Chrysso Neophytou-Tsimis, LAc, DACM
Academic Dean of Graduate Programs

New York

Don Phillips, DACM, MEd, LAc
Director of Instructional Design and Assessment

San Diego

David Sol, DAc, LAc, LMT, CFMP
Executive Dean of Acupuncture


Jessica Edmunds
Student Council Communications Coordinator

San Diego

Heather Pannetti
Student Council Community Action Manager

San Diego

Dana Peters, MPH

New York

Pacific College’s EDI Committee Priorities

Bring awareness, recognition, and education to our multi-campus and clinic environments about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Open lines of communication for all faculty, administration, and students to report and discuss EDI topics. Address new and existing topics in a sensitive, respectful and compassionate manner.

Ensure safety and security within our campuses and clinics.

Facilitate learning with the purpose of expanding awareness, philosophies and behaviors as the community moves forward in their profession.

Provide recommendations for the President and governing bodies of Pacific College to implement EDI initiatives at all levels of the organization.


“The primary goal of the Pacific College EDI committee is to create a college environment where all students, staff, and faculty can thrive and learn to work with a vast variety of patients and conditions. Our mission of “Improving lives exponentially” must include every community and population. Furthermore, a safe place where students feel wanted and heard is crucial to their academic success and overall wellbeing.”

Malcolm Youngren
President and Chief Executive Officer

Pacific College’s EDI Committee Milestones


  • Created Clinic EDI sub-committee: Winter 2022
  • Completed 2 faculty Campus Climate Focus Groups: Winter 2022
  • Create EDI Webpage on Pacific College website
  • Create EDI logo


  • Hosted “The Unusual Tale of Acupuncture, Racism, and African American History in the USA” with Dr. Tenisha Dandridge February 24, 2021 as part of Black History month
  • Provided “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality” training June 4, 2021 with World Trust to initiate conversation on race
  • Provided “Addressing Unconscious Bias” training on July 9, 2021 with World Trust
  • Created 1-unit online elective on “Race and Health Care Disparities”. Course was first offered for Winter 2022 term
  • Provided “Trauma-informed Communication” faculty development
  • Created EDI Faculty Fellowship
  • Accepted first faculty fellow December 10, 2021: Yahaira Paulino
  • Completed faculty and staff Campus Climate Surveys


  • Bimonthly meetings since October 2020 (ongoing)
  • Creation of EDI Team October 2020
  • Created Charter
  • Reviewed over 30 national organizations for consulting
  • Created an annual multicultural calendar to recognize monthly holidays (ongoing)
  • Reviewed curriculum for EDI inclusion (ongoing)
  • Reviewed personal and organizational assessment tools for racism
  • Awarded $12,000 to NY AOS students for EDI scholarships (ongoing)
  • Provide trauma informed communication training for faculty, staff and students
  • Initiated viewing and conversations on Cracking the Code with World Trust

Contact Us

For questions, suggestions, or to join the EDI Committee, please contact us at [email protected]