Seaver College celebrated the class of 2022’s graduation ceremony April 30 on Alumni Park. The ceremony honored the graduates achievements but also inspired hope for the future.
Multidimensional Identity is a profile piece series by Sawa Yamakawa highlighting minority students who belong to unique and/or underrepresented identity groups at Pepperdine. This series focuses on the intersection of a student’s multidimensional identity and how they shape the student’s experiences at Pepperdine University.
The monumental act of “coming out” to one’s friends and family is not necessary to all members of the LGBTQ+ community in a contemporary context like it once was. With sexual orientation constantly increasing in its fluidity, coming out may not serve the same significance for everyone.
Multidimensional Identity is a profile piece series highlighting minority students who belong to unique and/or underrepresented identity groups at Pepperdine. This series focuses on the intersection of a student’s multidimensional identity and how they shape the student’s experiences at Pepperdine University.
Rainbows can symbolize diverse ideas in various cultures and in peoples’ individual lives like hope, luck and wealth. However, rainbows hold a far more important place in first-year Lexington Russell’s daily life.
The University has long tried to push messages of LGBTQ+ inclusivity while maintaining traditional Christian values of marriage being between a man and a woman. With anti-LGBTQ+ companies like Chick-fil-A given freely to the Pepperdine community, statements of inclusivity seem to lose their value as a result.
Pepperdine misquoted its student COVID-19 vaccination rate, as released in a Sept. 10 email. The real number hovers in the low 80s, but the University had previously reported a 96% vaccination rate of its on-campus students.
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.
Pepperdine kicked off Summer Session I classes June 7 with a majority of the classes being delivered in person. Many students returned to in-person classes for the first time since March 2020, and some are attending their first in-person college class.
Pepperdine’s Teacher Education program requires its students to complete 750 hours — or three semesters — of clinical teaching. These students are completing these requirements virtually, which they have done since the pandemic first began in March 2020.