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Mission and Values Statements

“Quakers believe there is a light in each person, and that is to be honored in everyone.” —Margie Young, Pacific Oaks Graduate ’72


Mission Statement

Grounded in its social justice heritage, Pacific Oaks College prepares students to be culturally intelligent agents of change serving diverse communities in the fields of human development, education, and related family studies.


Core Values

Informed by Quaker principles, Pacific Oaks Children’s School was built to bring an inclusive approach to early childhood education—teaching children to respect and embrace the differences that make others unique. Pacific Oaks College has expanded on this progressive approach to inform their approach to the fields of Early Childhood Education, Human Development, Cultural and Family Psychology, and Organizational Leadership.

Guided by four core values—respect, diversity, social justice, and inclusion—Pacific Oaks College has helped graduates change the world.


Diversity & Inclusion Statement

Diversity, Inclusion, Respect, and Social Justice are Pacific Oaks College’s core values and the foundation of who we are as an institution. We promote understanding and appreciation of diversity and inclusion. We also embrace and advocate for them. We encourage everyone to bring their full authentic selves to our community.

Pacific Oaks is committed to providing and promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff, where each person can succeed professionally regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, or ability. We believe diversity and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society.

Pacific Oaks recognizes our responsibility to foster a welcoming and open environment where students, faculty, and staff can collaboratively learn, work, and serve. We strive to speak out about future challenges, address barriers to success, and promote and foster a culture of mutual respect, diversity, equity, and inclusivity.





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