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.
Photo courtesy of Will Noland Senior business administration major Will Noland never pictured himself as the kind of person attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. But two years into recovery, these meetings have allowed him to find community and comfort on his road to sobriety. “On paper, AA isn’t supposed to work,” Noland said. “Scientifically they […]
Photo courtesy of Priscilla Merlo Senior international studies major Priscilla Merlo exudes warmth. Merlo has been on a journey to find herself through reimagining her faith and her passions. During her time at Pepperdine, Merlo has explored theologies that have spurred her to reevaluate her love of people, Latinx culture and her career goals. “I […]
Senior Zeke Bongiovanni has a deep love for people and authentic connections.
President Jim Gash shared the Presidential Action Advisory Team’s recommendations in an email for diversity and inclusion measures to be introduced at Pepperdine. The seven key areas include curriculum, hiring, diversity and inclusion education, environment and culture, a center for diversity, Presidential Speaker Series and assessment.
Lausanne Program Director Ezra Plank shared his experiences living in Lausanne over the last seven months, from watching the students leave in March to prepping for the next program participants and bracing for a possible second lockdown in Switzerland.
The Pepperdine Lausanne program will move from the Maison du Lac to Chateau d’Hauteville outside of Vevey. The castle is undergoing extensive renovations and will not be ready until 2023, administrators said.
Provost Rick Marrs sent an email to the Pepperdine community Oct. 26 addressing the School of Public Policy email marketing campaign sent Oct. 12. Marrs expressed concern for community members of color who were hurt by the campaign and Pepperdine’s affiliation with partisan ties.
Pete Peterson, dean of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, responded to his controversial email and petition against The 1619 Project in the Oct. 21 President’s Briefing. President Jim Gash also shared the University’s response to community members.
Shanghai Director Charlie Engelmann faced unique challenges due to COVID-19, leaving Shanghai in a hurry, living in Oregon for five months under stay-at-home orders and finally returning to the bustling city in August. Over the past eight months, however, Engelmann has missed students the most.