The Pepperdine community had a wide range of reactions to the School of Public Policy’s petition against The New York Times’ The 1619 Project and Dean Pete Peterson’s Oct. 12 email to Conservative News Subscribers. Several faculty organizations, alumni groups and student groups shared petitions and letters against and in support of Peterson.
Seaver Dean Michael Feltner detailed the University’s plans for undergraduate course offerings for spring semester 2021 via email. Administration will share the final decision for spring semester in January 2021.
Pete Peterson, dean of the School of Public Policy, shared a petition with Conservative News standing against “leftist indoctrination” of U.S. students from new ethnic curriculum. Conservative News shared the email with its subscribers.
Administrators and University authorities uphold the Student Code of Conduct during the remote semester. Students hold mixed reactions to the disciplinary actions they may face if they violate the code.
Florence IP Director Elizabeth Whatley shares her experience— sending students home early for the first time in 22 years and how she’s stayed connected to Pepperdine remotely during COVID-19.
The School of Public Policy mourns Floyd Black, a first-year student who died Monday unexpectedly.
Buenos Aires Director Travis Hill-Weber talks about life in Buenos Aires since moving to Argentina in December 2019. Hill-Weber faced challenges in his first year as director, from visa troubles and apartment hunting to parenting in a pandemic.
A Pepperdine Women’s Track and Field student–athlete tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first known COVID-19 case for fall 2020 and the first athlete to test positive.
Seaver Dean Michael Feltner shared Pepperdine’s finalized plans for the spring 2021 semester as well as dates for the new January session, commencement and summer sessions.
Seaver faculty used Sept. 8–9 as a time to reflect and engage with students about police brutality — and the recent shooting of Jacob Blake — through a strike, the Jericho Challenge and A Night to Listen.