Pacific Oaks College, YWCA Greater Los Angeles Collaborate to Bring Advocacy and Social Justice to the Community

Published : Thursday, November 30, 2017 | 12:56 PM

Pasadena - Pacific Oaks College and YWCA Greater Los Angeles CollaboratePacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO) and YWCA Greater Los Angeles announce an educational partnership grounded in their mutual commitment to advocacy and social justice. Starting the spring 2018 semester, YWCA staff will be able to enroll in Pacific Oaks’ Bachelors-completion Advocacy & Social Justice program, to be taught exclusively at the YWCA Greater Los Angeles’ Union Pacific site.

The partnership solidifies both institutions’ commitment and history within social justice advocacy. The YWCA has been at the forefront of the most critical social movements for more than 150 years – from women’s empowerment and civil rights, to affordable housing and pay equity, to violence prevention and health care. With its 72-year dedication to equity, peace, and inclusion, Pacific Oaks College continues to be a higher education leader in anti-bias curriculum and culture-centered education. The Advocacy & Social Justice programs represent the school’s legacy of current, relevant, and progressive programming that responds to the needs of the community.

“We are truly excited about this collaboration because it allows Pacific Oaks and the YWCA to support social justice work and to develop individuals who are actively engaged as agents of change. As a College, our goal is to build upon the passion and experience of YWCA staff to prepare advocates who will mobilize individuals and communities toward common goals of critical social importance,” said Dr. Patricia A. Breen, Ph.D., President of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School.

For Pacific Oaks’ inaugural Advocacy & Social Justice class, the institution will offer a tuition reduction of 20 percent to students who enroll in the spring 2018 semester. The YWCA Greater Los Angeles’ incoming spring 2018 class will benefit from this special tuition rate.

About Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School

Founded more than 70 years ago by a small group of Quaker families, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO) is a non-profit, accredited higher education institution offering Bachelor’s-completion and Master’s programs in human development, marriage and family therapy, education, early childhood education, teacher credentialing, and organizational leadership and change. Pacific Oaks Children’s School provides early childhood education programs for children ages 6 months through 5 years and has pioneered achievements in the areas of anti-bias education, emergent curriculum, and peaceful conflict resolution. The Children’s School is designated as an outdoor classroom demonstration site.

PO remains dedicated to the fundamental Quaker principles of inclusion, social justice, and the valuing of each individual. The school has a long history of serving non-traditional and adult students and is known for its experiential and culture-centered approach to education. PO offers classes at its main campus in Pasadena, its San Jose Campus, and at instructional sites throughout California. PO is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). For more information, visit

Pacific Oaks College is an affiliate of TCS Education System, a non-profit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact.

About YWCA

YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. It is one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families. YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years – from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. YWCA combines programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights; empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls; and health and safety of women and girls.






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