Pepperdine University: A truly collaborative community
Nationally recognized for its high academic standards and commitment to student success, Pepperdine is a Christian university where students grow in knowledge and character. Located on a scenic campus in Malibu, Seaver College is the University’s liberal arts undergraduate institution, providing rich opportunities for intellectual and spiritual exploration. Pepperdine is home to eight academic divisions: Business Administration, Communication, Fine Arts, Humanities and Teacher Education, International Studies and Languages, Natural Science, Religion and Philosophy, and Social Science. Inside and outside of the classroom, Pepperdine’s mission is to develop students to live lives of service, purpose, and leadership.
In alignment with our Christian heritage, the Pepperdine community supports justice and the treatment of every individual with respect and compassion. Pepperdine’s administration and faculty are deeply committed to all aspects of diversity and believe that diversity not only enriches our educational experience but that it is critical to it. One way this commitment is lived out is through our Intercultural Affairs Office (ICA), which strives to connect, engage, and inspire students through educational programs and experiences. Throughout the year, ICA facilitates off-campus trips to several destinations, including San Francisco, Downtown Los Angeles, and Zion National Park. There are also several on-campus programs for students to attend, such as the Heritage month series.
In light of 2020’s COVID-19 outbreak and the ongoing fight for justice in our country, Pepperdine has reflected and reevaluated the systemic issues within the nation and the framework of our University. The university president, Jim Gash, is committed to leading the charge to build a diverse, informed, loving, and unified community that becomes a light of cultural unity to the world. Current action items include hiring a Chief Diversity Office, establishing a Presidential Action Advisory Team, and focusing on collaboration and trust throughout the entire Pepperdine community.