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Pacific Oaks’ past, present, and future in social justice

October 25, 2018

From the development of anti-bias curriculum to the Social Justice Night Awards, explore Pacific Oaks’ long-held commitment to the values of social justice.

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Community psychology builds bridge between social justice and mental health

October 24, 2018

Bree Cook, Psy.D., explains why community psychology may be especially relevant to African-American students who want to study mental health.

How to become a community psychologist

Which degree(s) do you need to pursue a career in community psychology?

August 28, 2018

Community psychology is gaining popularity. But how do you actually become a community psychologist? We break down the process from undergrad to licensure.

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5 traits you need to be successful in community psychology

August 24, 2018

Community psychologists must combine their passion for helping people with the ability to diagnose a problem and develop a practical plan of action.

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5 community psychology career paths you can explore

August 02, 2018

 Interested in community psychology? Discover five dynamic and diverse careers you can potentially pursue with a community psychology degree.

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How to choose your school as a first-generation college student

July 24, 2018

First-generation college students face unique challenges in the school selection process. Follow these four steps to ensure your college supports and respects your first-generation student needs.

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What is community psychology?

July 17, 2018

Want to study psychology as it relates to communities? Learn more about community psychology, where community psychologists work, and if it’s right for you.

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Jus-tice: A word from Pacific Oaks

April 24, 2018

n., The moral principle determining just conduct, peace, and genuine respect for people. Social justice challenges the roots of oppression and injustice.

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PO faculty presents STEAM workshop in China

April 19, 2018

Yolanda Carlos, core faculty at Pacific Oaks, was invited to present STEAM lectures and workshops in advancement of partnerships across the Henan Province in China.

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PO explores ‘Identity in Context’ study abroad course and trek to South Africa

March 30, 2018

TCS International (TCS) brings together five universities, including Pacific Oaks, for a cross-disciplinary, three-month course and 10-day, study abroad experience in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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How Pacific Oaks changed the life of Pasadena’s Stark Spirits owner

March 30, 2018

Stark Spirits distillery co-owner Karen Robinson-Stark reflects on how Pacific Oaks influenced her career path—from childhood development expert to entrepreneur. Discover the “spirit” she found through her work.

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Your quick guide to early childhood education terms

March 30, 2018

Passionate about pursuing a career in early childhood education? Read our guide to the important terms and acronyms you are going to need to know.

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Fight for Justice

Trending: #FightforJustice

April 24, 2018

From pounding the pavement to using hashtags, activists have found a new way to unite.

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A is for access

April 24, 2018

More than half of low-income children enter kindergarten unprepared. When early childhood education is missing, how can teachers fill in the gaps?

How have today’s families evolved?

Roundtable Q&A: The new American family

April 24, 2018

According to three Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) professionals from Pacific Oaks College, the expanded mindset of families and relationships have necessitated a notable evolution in the Marriage and Family Therapy program.

Flint, Michigan

A greater purpose

April 24, 2018

Alumna Denise Smith knew she wanted to do more to help children. The water crisis in her hometown of Flint, Michigan provided the chance to answer the call.

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Journey: 5 steps to a transformation

April 24, 2018

“Journey: 5 Steps to a Transformation” explores five steps to a transformation through realization, exploration, knowledge, action, and actualization. Susan Livingston is the alumna highlight for Voices Spring 2018 issue.

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Lessons for life

April 24, 2018

For nearly 75 years, young minds have been nurtured beneath the trees of Shady Lane. We asked four generations of alumni to share their favorite memories and lasting lessons from their time at the Children’s School.

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Follow the (modern) leader

May 17, 2017

As practices and priorities evolve to meet the demands of the modern business landscape, a new leadership model must also emerge. Leaders with the skills to bring together the bottom line with the common good will be increasingly important.  

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Excursion into empathy

May 17, 2017

Ten days abroad gave Pacific Oaks students a new perspective on the global immigration crisis and a new tool with which to practice their profession: compassion.

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Roundtable Q&A: Wearing intelligence on your sleeve

May 17, 2017

Put your emotions aside so you can think clearly” is common advice we still hear today. But another line of thinking has emerged in the last couple decades—that wisdom and clarity can also stem from having a positive and productive emotional investment in your family members, co-workers, projects, and yourself.

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How a helping hand created a humanitarian

May 10, 2017

Meet the Pacific Oaks College alumnus whose personal experience fleeing Vietnam as a child refugee inspired him to become a mentor and advocate for those experiencing homelessness.

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Global citizen

November 08, 2016

On November 22, 1963, a 13-year-old Patricia Breen woke up in Tokyo to news she would never forget. President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. Within minutes, word spread across the globe—all the way to the American Embassy where her father was stationed.

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A few good families

November 08, 2016

Margie Young was an infant when her father, Robert “Bob” Young, got together with six local families in Pasadena to found a children’s school unlike any other. Her father was a Quaker. Some of the other families were not.

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New Doctors

New doctors in the house!

November 13, 2018

The School of Education is thrilled to announce two new doctors in the house: Dr. Beth Chamberlain, Dean of the School of Education, and Dr. Jerell Hill, Administrative Faculty, School of Education.

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Pacific Oaks College Hosts Social Justice Night Awards

November 05, 2018

Pacific Oaks College held its inaugural Social Justice Night where Lesford Duncan, Pacific Oaks’ first Social Justice Hero was honored

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CARE hosts career fair on PO’s Pasadena Campus

August 01, 2018

On July 21, 2018, CARE hosted a successful career fair on the Pacific Oaks College Pasadena campus.

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President Breen pens letter of support for TIME’S UP movement

January 09, 2018

President Breen, moved by the organization’s commendable actions in addressing systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace, wrote a letter pledging the support of Pacific Oaks to their cause.

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Study abroad in Austria: Now accepting applicants

November 17, 2017

Discover an education unrestricted by geographical boundaries during our Spring semester study abroad program at Krems University, Austria.

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Negative labels may be removed for aspiring educators

November 08, 2017

California’s ESSA State Plan proposes that instructors with intern and preliminary teaching credentials should no longer be labeled as “ineffective teachers.”

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Pacific Oaks College awarded $103,200 grant from The Fletcher Jones Foundation

October 12, 2017

Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, one of the nation’s leading pioneers in the study of education and human development, will be able to further advance its mission thanks to a $103,200 grant from The Fletcher Jones Foundation.

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Pacific Oaks College launches B.A. and M.A. in Advocacy & Social Justice programs

September 20, 2017

Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO) announces the launch of two new programs, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Advocacy & Social Justice.

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President Breen selected as honorary committee member for Pasadena’s Early Learning City Movement

September 04, 2017

President Breen was recently selected to be an Honorary Committee Member for the City of Pasadena and the Office of the Young Child’s “Launch of Pasadena as an Early Learning City.”

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Video recap: Experiencing humanity

August 15, 2017

Pacific Oaks’ students visit Berlin to explore the experience of refugees for the “Immigration in Context” study-abroad course.

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Pacific Oaks develops an adjunct faculty mentoring program

August 15, 2017

In October 2017, Pacific Oaks’ Human Development faculty member Dionne Clabaugh, Ed.D., will be one of the presenters at the University of Mexico’s Mentor Institute Conference, “A Decade of Cultivating an Inclusive Mentoring Community.”

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Pacific Oaks College hosts successful career fair for students and alumni

July 20, 2017

On July 15, 2017, Pacific Oaks College hosted a successful Career Fair on its Pasadena campus. Taking place on a Saturday afternoon from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the event was well-attended, with roughly 80 attendees and 35 recruiters from 18 organizations.

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Flint, Michigan

A greater purpose

April 24, 2018

Alumna Denise Smith knew she wanted to do more to help children. The water crisis in her hometown of Flint, Michigan provided the chance to answer the call.

Mount Everest

Journey: 5 steps to a transformation

April 24, 2018

“Journey: 5 Steps to a Transformation” explores five steps to a transformation through realization, exploration, knowledge, action, and actualization. Susan Livingston is the alumna highlight for Voices Spring 2018 issue.

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How Pacific Oaks changed the life of Pasadena’s Stark Spirits owner

March 30, 2018

Stark Spirits distillery co-owner Karen Robinson-Stark reflects on how Pacific Oaks influenced her career path—from childhood development expert to entrepreneur. Discover the “spirit” she found through her work.

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The Open School opens minds

March 23, 2017

Imagine attending an elementary or secondary school where the students have as much of a say as the teachers. No more “because I said so,” or a mandatory syllabus, or needing permission to do something as simple as use the restroom.

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Lucy Clark: The epitome of a Pacific Oaks College graduate invested in social justice

March 08, 2017

Lucy Clark grew up in the 1940s and 1950s in West Texas. She was a bright, inquisitive teen who was encouraged by her biology teacher to pursue math and science as a career.

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Lifesaver

January 24, 2017

Myriam Avery built on her Pacific Oaks College master’s thesis to open an international adoption agency. Today, this proud alumna is bringing hope to children who wait around the globe for a family to call their own.

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World view

January 24, 2017

As Pacific Oaks College’s first student to study abroad in South Africa, recent graduate Paula Swearingen reflects on how the experience prepared her for her current role in early childhood education.

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STEM champion

January 24, 2017

Pacific Oaks alumna Susan Wood lives her mission delivering science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum in early childhood education settings.

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Quinn Hunter McGonagle, Pacific Oaks Children’s School alumna

January 17, 2017

As an alumna of the Children’s School, what would you describe as some of your best memories there?

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Dr. Andrew Kami, M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Class of 2008

January 17, 2017

Tell me a little about what led to your decision to get a master’s degree from Pacific Oaks.

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Community connector

November 02, 2016

Pacific Oaks College alumna Heaven Cisse received valuable hands-on practicum experience while finishing a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Within days of graduation, the agency offered her a full-time job.

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Top teacher

November 02, 2016

Pacific Oaks College alumnus and recent “Teacher of the Year” award winner Byron Flitsch combines his fun-loving zest for life and early childhood education training to inspire his students to love writing.

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Join the Pacific Oaks College Alumni Association

January 05, 2018

Join the Pacific Oaks College Alumni Association to network and reconnect with Pacific Oaks. We have added some exciting additional membership benefits.

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Video recap: Experiencing humanity

August 15, 2017

Pacific Oaks’ students visit Berlin to explore the experience of refugees for the “Immigration in Context” study-abroad course.

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Pacific Oaks College: From self-discovery to transformation

March 08, 2017

Recently, we asked several of our students, alumni, and faculty what Pacific Oaks College means to them. It was clear from their answers that they feel a part of a community dedicated to making significant change in the world around them.