President Jim Gash announced via email Jan. 4, that he and his wife Joline tested positive for COVID-19 that morning. Jim Gash said they are both experiencing mild symptoms and will remain in quarantine for the foreseeable future.
Kingsley B. Jones, doctoral student at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology died Dec. 6. The GSEP community remembers Jones as a passionate advocate for social change and Black empowerment, among other notable leadership accomplishments.
President Jim Gash, Vice President for Student Affairs Connie Horton and Seaver Dean Michael Feltner answered Seaver community questions in a Zoom town hall Dec. 15. Administrators shared tentative plans for spring 2021 as well as provided information on housing, International Programs, the academic calendar and future university communication.
The fall 2020 special edition of the Graphic explores Pepperdine, Malibu and the world by the numbers.
Pepperdine strives to maintain high numbers in several areas. Some students, however, find themselves in the 0% or 1% and face unique challenges because of it.
Pepperdine’s identity as a Christian University has created a focus and impact within the community. With this impact comes challenges for students to weather.
Political science lecturer William “Ajax” Peris came under fire in June for using a racial slur in class at the University of California, Los Angeles. Now Peris is teaching political science at Pepperdine and will continue to do so through spring semester, according to an email by the Seaver dean.
Washington, D.C., Program Director Brian Swarts has always held a love for students and civic engagement. Throughout the program suspension, Swarts has discovered new ways to connect with students and prepare them to critically engage the world around them.
The Pepperdine Justice Coalition organized an in-person protest Nov. 11, calling for more action and acknowledgment from administrators. PJC is a new organization aiming to spark conversation and change on campus.
Pepperdine announced plans to hire a chief diversity officer June 8. Five months later, the search is underway, and administration plans to fill the role by next spring.