Welcome Letter from the President
Welcome to Pacific Oaks College! We honor your decision to further your education with us and to prepare for a professional life based upon the values of equity, diversity, social justice, and respect for the unique potential of every individual. Our institution was founded in 1945 by seven families who shared a utopian vision for an institution that would educate children and adults alike, guided by these same values. We are proud to have you join our community.
Every member of the Pacific Oaks community is both a learner and a teacher; faculty, staff, and students alike. Through deep engagement with faculty as well as fellow students, both online and on campus, we learn continuously from each other. Our openness to the new knowledge emerging from this engagement is the reason that our core values have remained relevant and purposeful through the changing circumstances and demands of our local and global communities. Our great hope is that through your journey at Pacific Oaks, you will learn to use the power of your voice, and your skills to become an agent of positive change. Our programs are intended to prepare you to engage authentically and effectively with widely diverse populations in a global environment, to combine your professional knowledge with a respect for the unique values and experiences of the individuals and communities with whom you work to solve problems, and to improve the profession through actions that advocate for and serve the changing needs of diverse communities.
As adults with many commitments and experiences, we know that you are essential agents of your own learning. We look forward to sharing this journey with you.
Patricia A. Breen, Ph.D.