Pepperdine’s Malibu campus architecture creates barriers to equal access for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Community members shared their experiences in navigating campus, advocating for change and steps they want administrators to take to make campus accessible.
While the moments one has lived define them, the moments a person misses or chooses to forfeit can be just as powerful. Three Seaver students shared stories of moments they missed and what it means to find closure.
Pepperdine separates residential students on housing and only offers limited all-gender bathrooms. Non-binary students share their experiences navigating gendered spaces on campus.
Pepperdine has six student-led ministry groups on campus that fall under the direction of Inter-Club Council and the Hub for Spiritual Life. Recent Hub policy changes have shifted the groups’ operations in good and bad ways, leaders said.
Student Affairs modified its pricing model for wellness services and expanded resources at the Student Health Center, Counseling Center, Student Care Team and Title IX Office. Starting fall 2022, students will pay a flat rate Wellness Fee to fund the changes.
Autumn’s parents Gary and Ellen Tennison shared memories of their daughter Autumn. Autumn was a Seaver junior who died March 7 on campus.
Pepperdine announced a new center launching April 1 — the Center for Faith and the Common Good. Byron Johnson, a Baylor professor of Social Sciences, will help Pepperdine establish the center alongside President Jim Gash.
Pepperdine Chaplain’s Office hosted a prayer vigil March 9 for the community to mourn, celebrate and honor the life of junior Autumn Tennison. Tennison died March 7.
Each year, Pepperdine juniors and seniors decide whether or not to live on or off campus. Rising juniors share their perspectives on living in an apartment in Malibu and students share their housing rates living off campus.
Pepperdine reorganized the Department of Student Affairs over summer 2021. Administrators said the changes were made with operations, budget and strategic priorities in mind, but affected personnel share confusion and hurt following the changes.