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Legacy: A word from President Dr. Jack Paduntin

This year's theme for Voices Magazine is in celebration of our diamond anniversary, and all the progress we have yet to achieve.

In the aftermath of World War II, people were looking for one thing: peace. In a small California town, one with a population of nearly 100,000 people, a group of Quaker families laid the foundation for a school that upheld community, equality, simplicity, and nonviolence—values people were longing for after the war.

Seventy-five years later, Pacific Oaks remains a strong pillar for those values: deeply embedded into the Pasadena community (now home to more than 140,000 people), having graduated countless children, scholars, and changemakers. And today we are experiencing another unprecedented time. COVID-19 is spreading across the nation and world, closing schools and forcing our community members to stay home. The anxiety and fear can be overwhelming, but like our predecessors have done time and time again in history, we will persist and move forward, together. We hope this magazine is a respite from the constant alerts and news about coronavirus and our uncertain world.

This issue of Voices is an exploration and a celebration of these past 75 years—the stories, the lives, and the institutions that the Children’s School and College have forever changed. All who are here are a part of Pacific Oaks’ continuing legacy and subsequent evolution. While our values are steadfast, we’ve evolved to meet the needs of today’s learners.

We see this effort first and foremost in our cover story, “Is everything OK?” A deep dive into adverse childhood experiences and their harrowing repercussions on the lives of so many, we see how Pacific Oaks, along with the entire Pasadena community, are on the frontlines of helping form resilient children. In this issue, we also have special insight into our anti-bias curriculum with “The bias you don’t see,” while “A life in 3-D” honors the inclusive community we have cultivated and nurtured at Pacific Oaks.

Special to this issue is “The Diamond Anniversary,” a commemorative story encompassing the many voices that have contributed to and been impacted by Pacific Oaks over the years. And to further celebrate this milestone, I am pleased to announce the launch of the newly updated Voices Digital website. You can visit it at pacificoaks.edu/voices.

In this new decade, we are enhancing the quality of our programs and reinvigorating our reputation for progressive education in Southern California. One way we’re doing this is through our new Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program, focusing on corporate social responsibility and cultivating strong managers. I invite you to join me as we embark on this next chapter in Pacific Oaks’ history.

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