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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Member (PGIAA)?
Click here to Join Online and you will be routed to the PGIAA Membership page of our website. You may also contact Dianne Travis-Teague at the Office of Alumni Relations.

Phone: 805-679-7303 (Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PDT))
Email: dtravis-teague@pacifica.edu.

How do I know if I am already a PGIAA member?
As a graduate of Pacifica, you are automatically an alumni/ae. However, being a member of the Alumni Association is by paid membership. Initially, the alumni association offered recent graduates benefits of membership, with a special ‘one-time’ offering of one year free membership. As the association has grown, received 501(c)(3) status, and began work towards becoming a self-sustaining organization, the Board of Directors developed tier-levels of membership as outlined below. If you were a recent graduate (i.e., within a year), your membership is valid until the end of this year. If, however, you graduated prior to that you would need to Join Online. In order to be come a member of the alumni association.

During the initial startup, the Association had been funded by generous contributions from Pacifica Graduate Institute to help us become organized, grow and development with all alumni specific events, benefits and coordination being fully funded. Alumni who took part in the early meetings prior to incorporation, in planning for the alumni association voted that the association would be an independent 501(c)(3) corporation, would be directed by alumni for alumni and the world in which they live and that the alumni association would be sustained by the generosity of alumni by Memberships, Corporate Donations, Legacy Gifts, and benefactors.

How do I find or retrieve my password?
Go to www.pgiaa.org and in the top left corner click on Log In. You will be presented with the following login screen. Click on Lost your password and follow the instructions on the subsequent screens.

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How do I renew my membership?

If you are a already a member, just login and go to the Membership page to renew. If you have any difficulty renewing your membership on-line, please contact Dianne Travis-Teague at the Office of Alumni Relations.

Phone:             805-679-7303 (Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PDT))
Email:              dtravis-teague@pacifica.edu.

How do I update my contact information?

If you are already a member, go to www.pgiaa.org and login . After logging in, in the top right corner you will see something like the following image except it will be your name. Click on it.

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You will then see the following screen (hopefully still with your name). Click on Edit My Profile and you will be taken to another screen. While here, please note how you can go quickly go to other places associated with your personal and secure Profile.

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You will see the next screen (again hopefully still with your name). Click on Edit and you will be taken to another screen. Also while on page, please note that this page has many Sections you should look at to put the information who want to be seen and by whom. By default, none of your personal information including contact information can be seen by anyone but yourself. You have full control of what and to whom you share your personal information.

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What is the cost of becoming a PGIAA Member?
  • Annual membership:          $55
  • Recent grad membership:  $25  (2 years or less)
  • Student membership:         $15
Who do I contact if I have questions about my membership?

Contact Dianne Travis-Teague at the Office of Alumni Relations.

Phone:             805-679-7303              Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PDT)
Email:              dtravis-teague@pacifica.edu.

What is the history of the PGIAA?

A Brief History

In 2011, an invitation went out to all alumni inviting them to a Steering Committee meeting to explore the development of an Alumni Association. Fostered by Pacifica Graduate Institute’s (PGI) Office of Alumni Relations, eighty alumni came together that weekend to explore and envision what an Alumni Association made of PGI alumni might look like as it grew. Momentum from this meeting led to the establishment of an Executive Committee comprised of interested alumni who would work with the Office of Alumni Affairs to build an association.

Alumni were once again invited to come to additional annual meetings in 2012 and 2013 where breakout sessions delved into exploring the aspirations of the association and committees formed to explore the how to best serve the needs and interests of alumni. By 2013, the Executive Committee, in response to the wide-spread accord of fellow alumni for the association to become its own independent organization – decided to apply to become a separate, tax-deductible nonprofit organization. The Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (PGIAA) was incorporated as an autonomous 501(c) 3 nonprofit on April 17, 2013

Past Accomplishments

During these initial years, thanks to the devotion and generosity of Pacifica Graduate Institute and their Office of Alumni Affairs and especially its director, Dianne Travis-Teague – PGIAA had some amazing accomplishments. In addition to hosting the annual meetings on Pacifica’s campus, these accomplishments include establishing 22 Regional Network Groups and hosting more than 40 regional gatherings; launching the Buddy Program; developing a PGIAA website; sponsoring annual Toasts Heard Round the World on New Year’s Eve; co-establishing the Wendy Davee Award for Service; supporting PGI’s Information Days for prospective students; establishing PGI library benefits for alumni; establishing an Alumni Spotlight; co-sponsoring special events like the James Hillman Tribute and Jung’s Red Book exhibit at PGI; and co-sponsoring the first alumni survey.

The Association Today

PGIAA is now a fully self-supporting and alumni-directed nonprofit association led by a volunteer-based Board of Directors comprised of ten alumni. Along with nearly forty regional coordinators and a team of volunteers, PGI is dedicated to our mission of developing and operating an educational and charitable organization that supports Pacifica Graduate Institute alumni and the wider community in the pursuit of developing their intellectual, spiritual, altruistic, and professional capabilities.” As an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit, PGIAA must support itself through membership fees, financial donations, and future grants in order to be able to grow its mission of supporting alumni.

Today, PGIAA is in the process of inviting PGI alumni to become members of the association and securing a sustainable financial base so that we together, as alumni, can create a mutual support network so that we can all reach our aspirations.

The Association Tomorrow

In addition to developing our membership, PGIAA is actively growing in a variety of areas. We have established several board committees: Regional Coordinators; Alumni Services; Human Benefits; and the Development and Funding Committee. PGIAA is working on developing all the membership benefits; setting up new Regional meetings; fully building our website; developing the alumni directory; and much more! Go to www.pgiaa.org to find out more.

The Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (the “Association” or “PGIAA”) formed on 17 April 2013 as a California 501(c) Nonprofit Corporation for the purposes of developing an operational and charitable membership association that supports both the alumni (“Alumni” or “alums”) of Pacifica Graduate Institute (the “Institute” or “PGI”) and the wider community in pursuit of developing their intellectual, spiritual, altruistic, and professional capabilities.

In light of the Pacifica Graduate Institute’s unique and creative educational experience, its alumni community fostered plans for developing a “different” type of association: one that focuses intently on “tending the soul of the world” as enshrined in the Institute’s motto of animae mundi colendae gratia.

The resulting Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association seeks not only to provide alumni and the general public with opportunities for personal and professional growth, but also to serve as a path for making positive changes within society as a whole through service and education.

Pacifica Graduate Institute established an Office of Alumni Affairs (subsequently retitled the Office of Alumni Relations) in response to requests by alums to maintain an on-going relationship with the institute. Indeed, a disparate array of alums spearheaded contacts between graduates of Pacifica to instigate the process culminating in the formation of the PGIAA.

What is the mission of PGIAA?

The mission of the Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (the “Association”) is to develop and operate an educational and charitable organization that supports Pacifica Graduate Institute (the “Institute”) alumni and the wider community in the pursuit of developing their intellectual, spiritual, altruistic, and professional capabilities.

To further its mission, the Association will engage in varied charitable and educational activities and programs, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Providing opportunities to stimulate interest and learning among the Institute’s alumni and the general public in various areas of study, including, in particular, those pursued by the Institute’s alumni, such as psychology, the humanities, and mythological studies.
  • Promoting idea sharing, personal growth, professional development, and public service opportunities through fostering relationships and strengthening connections among the Institute’s alumni and with the community at large.
  • Offering programs and activities of an educational and/or charitable nature to the Institute’s alumni and local communities (where applicable), such as:
  1. Structured mentoring and “buddy” programs and support networks among the Institute’s alumni to help them develop professionally and promote the exchange of ideas in their respective fields of study;
  2. Merit and/or need-based scholarship programs for students attending the Institute;
  3. Public discussion groups, forums, panels, lectures on topics in the Institute’s alumni’s fields of study, such as community writer’s symposiums, alumni film series, and mental health seminars;
  4. Events centered around charitable and/or educational activities that offer alumni the opportunity to connect with each other while “doing good” and/or learning, such as non-profit fund-raisers, community environmental clean-up projects, educational retreats, etc.;
  5. Community outreach programs (particularly in under-served areas), such as junior high/high school student mentoring and tutorial programs.
What is the vision of PGIAA?

The PGIAA pursues and embodies eight vision statements emphasizing community, Gaia responsibility, ambassadorship, collective memory, sponsorship, sustainability, gratefulness, and groundedness.

Community |
The Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (PGIAA) serves as a welcoming community for all alumni, endeavoring to provide each alum a feeling of belonging, family, and home. PGIAA extends this concept of community beyond its confines by promoting and sponsoring opportunities for Pacifica Graduate Institute (PGI) alumni to “give back” through charitable service activities for those in need, and educational programs in their respective areas of study for the public.

Gaia Responsibility |
The PGIAA acts as a loving and fierce voice in caring for and preserving our Earth and Universe by networking with each other and with the greater (PGI community to protect and heal our environment for future generations. In furtherance of this aspiration, PGIAA endeavors to provide PGI alumni with opportunities to protect and nurture the planet.

Ambassadorship |
The PGIAA membership serves as ambassadors for the educational vision and ethos imparted upon them during their studies at PGI, and they create opportunities for alumni and the public to share these perspectives.

Collective Memory |
The PGIAA website serves as a sacred and practical container where we bring together alumni and other participants, honoring their experiences, dreams, stories, ideas, and needs in order to further its mission by transforming, developing, and predicting PGIAA’s identity and future path.

Sponsorship |
The PGIAA creates, sponsors, and promotes sustainable programs and initiatives that benefit the collective good by assisting in and promoting the lifelong personal, professional, and altruistic development of PGI alums.

Self-Sustaining |
The PGIAA is self-sustaining through fundraising activities, membership contributions, and outreach programs. PGIAA’s financial management is transparent, autonomous, and is able to fund its own activities as well as other specific projects and activities related to the shared intention of PGIAA and PGI of “tending the soul of and in the world.

Gratefulness |
The PGIAA, in gratefulness to PGI, embraces its mission to tend the soul of the world by using its collective voice to commend, support, and lovingly challenge PGI to stay true to this mission in all its future development in this ever-changing world.

Groundedness |
The PGIAA maintains a centered, grounded vision and practice that dances above, through, and with other organizational and individual needs and imperatives.

Do I have control of my personal information on the PGIAA website and who can see it?

Absolutely.  Whatever personal information you choose to add to your Profile and Settings and who can see them is controlled by you.  This was a key consideration is setting up how your Profile works and can be controlled by you.

  • If you need assistance in setting up your profile, please go to the FAQ listed earlier.

You may also contact Dianne Travis-Teague at the Office of Alumni Relations.who will assist you if you have any questions.

Phone:805-679-7303 (Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PDT))
Email: dtravis-teague@pacifica.edu.

Who can join PGIAA?

Any Pacifica Graduate Institute graduate who is in good standing may join the alumni association.

Are there different types of Memberships?

Yes there are different types of Membership. Please go to the www.pgiaa.org website and click on Memberships where they may be found. This is what you will see on the page with a button to become a member.

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What are my annual membership dues used for?

Dues are used to support membership programs and activities and provide scholarships and awards to Pacifica Graduate Institute students.

Do you offer insurance?

Yes we do.   Please look to the section further down entitled “What are the benefits of membership?” to see not only insurance, but also all the other benefits available.

Can I make a donation and not become a member?

Yes you may. In fact a number of people including many of our professors have made donations to the alumni association and we very much appreciate all who are able to donate.

What are the benefits of membership?

Annual members have access to the following benefits for one year. Members will receive a welcome packet with all membership information when they sign up as an Alumni Association member. Coming soon: Life-time Membership!

Click here to see current Membership Benefits

Do alumni members have access to research or library databases?

Yes, just like you did as a regular student while at Pacifica. Please see the benefits listed on the Membership Page. Please contact Dianne Travis-Teague at the Office of Alumni Relations who can provide instructions for gaining access.

Phone:             805-679-7303 (Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PDT))
Email:              dtravis-teague@pacifica.edu.

What are Alumni Association Regions, their location, and contact information?

One of the most important benefits our Institute can offer its graduates is a strong alumni network. Because we know how important networking is to building your career, Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association is in the process of organizing alumni chapters.

More information on regional programs

Pacifica Graduate Institute alumni understand the importance of keeping in touch on a personal and professional basis. The regional program serves as an avenue for alumni to continue their connections with the institute through the Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association.

Members of the Association are encouraged to join one or several of our networking chapters to connect you with Titans who have similar interests.

 

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