Pacific Oaks Welcomes Dr. Brian Sajko, Fulbright Scholar Ambassador

Pacific Oaks’ International Education Week Spurs Visit.

Pasadena, CA, December 12, 2013 --( Dr. Brian Sajko lectured about the Fulbright Scholarship during National Education Week on Nov. 14th, sharing his personal story about growing up in inner city Indiana as the son of a steelworker, as well as being an American abroad, a minority in Taiwan, and how the experience broadened his perspective.

He encouraged Pacific Oaks students to consider applying for the Fulbright Scholarship, urging them to take the first steps by eating at restaurants they had never tried before, visiting local cities they had never visited before, trying new experiences and being adventurous.

“I saw the need to inspire others to try for more, to seek and have fun seeking and to always inquire, critique and wonder in an effort to improve. Since I was from a blue-collar neighborhood in a mill town I eventually ran into people who said simply ‘I couldn’t because I was the son of a steelworker. I was ready to fight all those who said I couldn’t and, largely, pursued advanced degrees to prove them incorrect,” he said.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education. For more information, contact or visits or call 202-686-4000.

Founded nearly 70 years ago by a small group of Quaker families, Pacific Oaks College is dedicated to the fundamental Quaker principles of inclusion, social justice, and the valuing of every human being. Pacific Oaks College is a nonprofit, accredited higher education institution offering bachelor's-completion, master’s and certificate programs in human development, marriage and family therapy, education, early childhood education, and teacher credentialing. It offers classes at its main campus in Pasadena and at a number of convenient off-site locations throughout California, as well as online. Since 1959, Pacific Oaks has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). For more information, visit
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