The time international students have in the United States is limited. That is why Sharon Wakio provides resources and opportunities to serve international students and help their transition to the U.S.
A newsroom’s racial diversity directly impacts an audience’s trust in the news that newsroom produces. Without meaningful representation on the inside, news cannot represent society’s diverse viewpoints.
The lack of faculty diversity poses significant challenges for minority students. Students reflect on how the presence of more POC faculty has positively impacted their college experience.
Marginalized groups on campus often raise valid concerns of diversity, inclusivity, and their sense of belonging on campus. These concerns are often met with invalidating comments from some disgruntled parents and alumni of Pepperdine’s past.
English and Humanities Professor Colin Enriquez emphasizes the importance of studying humanities and what the past can teach modern students. But more than just taking HUM General Education classes, Enriquez encourages students to engage with diverse literature, art and movies with intentionality.
Students speak out about their hopes for Pepperdine’s potential GE curriculum changes, expected to be implemented by fall 2023. New requirements will bring a culture shift to Pepperdine, and students have opinions on what this should look like.
Pepperdine General Education requirements are on track to change in the next two years, and students and faculty alike hope for a more individualized and diverse course load. With no changes in Pepperdine’s GEs in over 20 years, Paul Begin, associate dean of Curriculum and General Education, said the University is ready to take action to fit the prevailing student needs.
Two Pepperdine seniors were the first recipients of the Fellowship for Equity and Social Justice. Jerry Calderon and Katelin Goño are student activists for diversity and inclusion within the Pepperdine community, and said they hope their efforts will have a lasting impact on students and administrators.
The Humanities and Teacher Education Division at Pepperdine focuses mainly on Western/European culture, history and art and is taught almost exclusively by white professors. Students and faculty both said they want to see more diversity in curriculum as well as in faculty.
It would be an inconsiderate assumption to say everyone at Pepperdine feels at home. The University must take more steps to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in and out of classrooms.