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President Oxtoby's Blog

An Intense Day of Ideas and Inspiration in D.C.

October 30, 2014An Intense Day of Ideas and Inspiration in D.C.

I stayed over for a day in D.C. after our Pomona College networking reception to attend the Washington Ideas Forum, an incredibly intense day of interviews with national leaders in government, business, education and culture sponsored by The Atlantic and The Aspen Institute. Quite a pace, with new speakers coming on stage every 15 to 20 minutes...

Pomona’s Studio Art Hall Is a Place for Creativity and Community

October 11, 2014Pomona’s Studio Art Hall Is a Place for Creativity and Community

Our new Studio Art Hall, imagined by creative genius Kulapat Yantrasast and shaped by our daring faculty, is a space Steve Jobs would envy.

Off the Freeway, Onto the River: Kayaking Toward the Heart of L.A.

September 3, 2014Off the Freeway, Onto the River: Kayaking Toward the Heart of L.A.

Last week, I went kayaking on the Los Angeles River with a group of first-year students who were getting to know Southern California – and each other – in the final days before classes began.

Dropping In on the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success

July 11, 2014Dropping In on the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success

Dropping by Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) classrooms yesterday reminds me why the future is both hopeful and challenging. Bright students, too often from under-resourced high schools, may not see a path to college or fully understand the opportunities a college education presents over the course of their lives. Seeing the PAYS four-week summer academy, part of a year-round college preparatory program, in action affirms the role that colleges like Pomona can play in changing that narrative.

Visiting Northern Ireland, President Oxtoby Sees Colleges and Communities Working Together to Build Democracy

June 26, 2014Visiting Northern Ireland, President Oxtoby Sees Colleges and Communities Working Together to Build Democracy

I am writing this from Belfast, Northern Ireland, where I am attending a conference at Queen's University on Higher Education for Democratic Innovation.  Leaders from Europe and the United States are discussing how real-world connections between colleges and their communities can create new democratic institutions and prepare students for citizenship.

Checking In From Aspen Symposium on the Future of Higher Education

June 20, 2014Checking In From Aspen Symposium on the Future of Higher Education

Each June, I try to find time to take part in the Aspen Symposium on the Future of Higher Education because the participants and the range of topics covered go well beyond those typical of higher education meetings. This year was no exception.