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Celebrate Progress at Pacific Oaks’ Social Justice Night

Thank you to our friends, supporters, donors, and most of all our Social Justice Hero Lesford Duncan and his fellow nominees for making Pacific Oak’s College’s first annual Social Justice Night an incredible evening.


Read our News Update to learn more about the event and see pictures.



While we have made progress over the past 60 years, there is still much work to be done. But together, through the power of our community, we will continue striving to create a more diverse, equal, and inclusive world.

Pacific Oaks College is pleased to announce our first-ever Social Justice Hero and notable advocates!

Lesford Duncan

Lesford Duncan, MPH

For many years, Lesford Duncan has worked to develop and improve partnerships, coalitions, and systems that enhance the health, mental health, and resilience of children, families, and communities throughout Southern California. He is currently the Cultural Competency Officer for the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health. Mr. Duncan has also worked on policies against child abuse and commercial sexual exploitation of children, and served as a Global Citizenship Fellow for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. He is a Leaders for Health Equity/Atlantic Fellow with George Washington University.


Angeline Chen

Ms. Chen is an immigration attorney and co-founder of the Rise to Reunite coalition, a local grassroots organizing effort to improve the situation of the families that have been separated and detained by the current administration. She is also Board President of the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley.

Dr. John M. Perkins

Dr. Perkins is an American Christian minister, Civil Rights activist, and co-founder of the Christian Community Development Association. He is the Founder and President Emeritus of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation.

CLICK HERE for a full list of the honorees and nominees.


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