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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More evidence reveals racism at Pepperdine. While this is unfortunately not surprising, it is completely unacceptable.
“I’m in the process of getting my citizenship in Uganda. So I will be an African American.” —Jim Gash