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Pacific Oaks’ Top Five Local Leaders to Watch in 2018

March 14, 2018

Pasadena holds countless non-profits and leaders who are loud and passionate about the issues that affect them and others. We are honoring five local leaders that are continuing to spark change in the communities they serve.

Jerell B. Hill, Pacific Oaks faculty in the School of Education

PO faculty Jerell B. Hill explores culture, poverty, and diversity in Peru

March 09, 2018

Pacific Oaks faculty Jerell B. Hill presents “Culture and Diversity: the Power of Purpose” about his trip to the 2018 International Congress for Educators in Peru.

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How an Advocacy & Social Justice Degree prepares you for careers in social justice

February 07, 2018

Interested in social justice careers? Discover the skills you learn with a social justice degree and what it takes to be successful in your career path.


7 human development major concentrations you can pursue

January 31, 2018

Wondering what exactly a human development major can cover? The wide variety of specializations offered at Pacific Oaks can lead to many different career paths.

Human development major

From AAMFT to BBS: 5 important MFT degree terms you need to know

January 31, 2018

Interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy? Here’s a list of the important marriage and family therapy terms you need to know.


Having the hard conversations: ‘Lunch and Learn’ explores racism, generational trauma

December 02, 2017

In November 2017, Pacific Oaks launched its new “Lunch and Learn” webinar series to support the ongoing educational growth of the entire PO Community―students, staff, faculty, and alumni.


Pasadena & Beyond podcast features new Advocacy & Social Justice program

December 02, 2017

The Pasadena & Beyond podcast, courtesy of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, invited Associate Dean Donald Grant to spread the word about Pacific Oaks’ new Advocacy & Social Justice bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Pacific Oaks Human Development Degree Program

What is human development—And why should you study it?

November 10, 2017

If you enjoy psychology, biology, sociology, anthropology—basically any -ology!—the study of human development might be the right path for you.

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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.”

Early Childhood Education

How to obtain a California child development permit

October 19, 2017

If you love working with children, a California child development permit could be the right career move. First, you’ll need to start your degree in early childhood education and development. Then, you have to apply for a permit. Find out how you can obtain a permit and start your career now.

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Education for a grassroots movement

September 22, 2017

Pacific Oaks College launches new Advocacy & Social Justice degree program.

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Trump opts out of DACA program, Pacific Oaks president responds

September 11, 2017

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, President Donald J. Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that would allow undocumented child immigrants to stay in the United States. Approximately 800K young adults will now be at risk of deportation.

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Modern leader 366

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.

Helping Hand 366

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.


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.

Voices: Women in class

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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The invaluable lessons of service

November 07, 2016

For more than seven decades, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School has fostered a culture of social justice through volunteerism and community service—extending its core values from the Pasadena community to as far as villages in South Africa.


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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.

Early childhood education

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.”

Immigration in Contexts, Education Beyond Borders

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.

Being a positive mentor creates positive mentees.

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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Pacific Oaks and Fuller partner for immigration reform discussion

June 21, 2017

Pacific Oaks College and Fuller Theological Seminary recently co-hosted an “Immigration Rights & Mental Health Care” forum for the greater Pasadena community.

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Pacific Oaks College solidifies roots in northwest Pasadena with property purchase

June 05, 2017

The social justice-centered college further commits to impacting the economically diverse population of the city.

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Pacific Oaks appoints new executive director for Pacific Oaks Children’s School

May 17, 2017

Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO) announces the appointment of Robert Boyman as Executive Director of Pacific Oaks Children’s School.


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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.



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.


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.

Heaven Cisse at Pacific Oaks

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.

Byron Flitsch

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.

Sharon Chang

Identity factor: Sharon Chang, M.A.

November 02, 2016

Pacific Oaks’ Alum Sharon Chang helps others address the complex questions that race and ethnicity pose in the U.S. today.


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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.

Immigration in Contexts, Education Beyond Borders

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.


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.