Student Story: Emily Potts

WPC Student Emily Potts[By Dr. Andrea Cook] As a student in the College’s new Social Entrepreneurship major, Emily Potts ’16, has discovered that there is power in business and when done right, it can change the world.

When asked to share her thoughts on the program, Emily had this to say:

“My coursework has shown me that entrepreneurship is an opportunity to fundamentally change the lives of people for the better. Warner Pacific is not only teaching me the practical skills I will need in the future, but the College has been a key factor in helping me develop as a person. The people and classes here have challenged me to dive deeper into all aspects of my life and ask the hard questions. Warner Pacific is helping me develop my strengths and recognize my weaknesses so that when the next phase of my life comes, I will be prepared to serve others at my full potential.

There is a special place in my heart for the people of Guatemala. When I graduate, I hope to move to Guatemala and work for a non-profit with the ultimate goal of starting my own organization that will help empower the people there; especially women and children.”

I’m inspired by students, like Emily, who are working hard to pursue the intersection of business and social justice. Programs like the Social Entrepreneurship major are opening the doors to innovative ideas that will have a lasting impact in our communities.

What it means to Flourish

New student with her family at Aug 2013 welcome week[By Dr. Andrea Cook] As we look into the future, we have been asking: What is Warner Pacific’s promise? Warner Pacific College is dedicated to seeing individuals, families, and communities flourish.

Much could be said about the transformation that occurs in the lives of our students at Warner Pacific College. Long before I became President, the institution had been committed to providing a Christ-centered, liberal arts education that challenged students to see the interrelatedness of all things.

In the last four years, Warner Pacific has completely altered our institutional trajectory. Whether it is our financial aid philosophy, our first-year learning communities, or how we think about student support on campus; we are rethinking how the entire Warner Pacific model works so both the students we serve and the institution we love will flourish in the days to come.

This shift is evidenced by the fact that this fall, 55% of the students in our incoming freshman class are students of color, and perhaps for the first time in the history of Warner Pacific, our campus community truly reflects the ethnic diversity of the world in which we live.

At Warner Pacific, students from diverse backgrounds will find a welcoming and inclusive space to dream, serve, achieve, and flourish.

In the days and years to come, you will be seeing our new tagline, “Flourish,” pop-up on billboards and marketing materials. This is our commitment. This is our promise. We will work each day so our students and our city will flourish.