Hope can be a feeling or an experience, or maybe even a concept some people avoid out of fear of disappointment. Many students said hope gives them a strong foundation to ground themselves in, whether they have hope in their faith or hope in particular moments.
Questions of faith may take a lifetime to answer. Members of the local community share their experiences of faith — both when it was affirmed, and when they had to walk away.
Pepperdine students formed a community group called Like Heaven Pepperdine in hopes to bring faith and worship to the forefront of Pepperdine. The students invite anyone interested to join their community.
The pilot year of the Spiritual Leadership Cohort Scholarship will begin in fall 2022. Assistant Chaplain Shaya Aguilar said the goal of the cohort is to teach students how to be faith leaders while also offering them mentorship along their journey.
Pepperdine Athletics does not mandate that potential new employees belong to a faith community, but expects them to display Christian values. Athletic Director Steve Potts and two head coaches speak about how their Christian faith played a role when they were hired, and how it matters in their work now.
For the first time, the RISE Summit took place in Elkins Auditorium on March 30. The Pepperdine community came together to share their stories and definitions of resilience, and learn from one another about how to build resilience in the future, said Connie Horton, vice president for Student Affairs.
Pepperdine has six student-led ministry groups on campus that fall under the direction of Inter-Club Council and the Hub for Spiritual Life. Recent Hub policy changes have shifted the groups’ operations in good and bad ways, leaders said.
Faith and Greek life go hand-in-hand through Greek InterVarsity. Students speak about how being in a sorority or fraternity helps grow their faith.
Chief Development Officer and Vice President for Advancement Lauren Cosentino attended Pepperdine as an undergraduate and has worked at the University ever since. Cosentino said she felt God called her to Pepperdine and created a path for her that she never thought she would go down in the administrative field of higher education.
Colin Storm, assistant professor of Communication, began his first year as a tenure-track faculty member at Pepperdine in August 2021. With goals to teach his students in a meaningful and enthusiastic way — while promoting mental health and wellness and cultivating personal relationships — Storm said Pepperdine allows him to pursue his life’s calling: teaching.