Mark and Janet Labberton discuss “community collaborations” with Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard
Mark and Janet Labberton met with Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard on Wednesday, January 29, to share their gratitude for the Mayor's leadership in demonstrating public civility, building networks and collaborations to address community challenges, and focusing efforts to encourage education in the local community.
The Labbertons, who make their home in Pasadena, shared their interest in increasing Fuller's service to the local community through partnerships with City Hall and local community organizations.
Discussions especially focused on specific ways that Fuller might be helpful in supporting public education through its students, staff and faculty, as well as the seminary's academic research and teaching in the community.
Fuller's tradition of community engagement has been expressed in several ways. In past years, the School of Psychology helped research the issue of bullying in schools. Many Fuller students serve in the public schools each year as student mentors. For more than a decade, Fuller has participated in a lifelong education advocacy program called “Pasadena: City of Learning.” This initiative, led by Mayor Bogaard, builds collaborations among Pasadena's higher education institutions including the Art Center School of Design, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena City College, Pacific Oaks, and Fuller Seminary.