The Pepperdine Volunteer Center announced its closure via social media May 27, as part of a budget readjustment of the Office of Student Affairs. Students and alumni expressed shock and disappointment to the news.
With Shanghai Senior Alumni Kau’i Aguiar, Derek Pinto and Pamela Lim, The Melanated Muckraker explores what Shangahi meant to many, concerns about the Pepperdine Administration and what the possible cultural effects are of Shanghai leaving Pepperdine.
Former Shanghai program participants react to Pepperdine’s announcement of the program closure. Seaver and International Programs hope to find a future Asia program location to replace Shanghai.
The Pepperdine Volunteer Center assesses the ways they have served the community and focuses on educating students about different types of service. Programs such as Jumpstart and Project Serve are undergoing changes due to the virtual environment.