Pepperdine University's core values embrace the Christian worldview that compels academic excellence. Founder George Pepperdine—imagining a great Christian institution of high learning in Los Angeles that would serve the world from this cosmopolitan crossroads—clearly articulated his vision for such a balance at the college's dedication ceremony in 1937:
"A great gift has been made to each and every one of us—the privilege of living in the world for a short span of years and the opportunity of doing our part to help the less fortunate; to improve civilization; to advance knowledge, both the scientific knowledge of men and the 'wisdom which is from above.' …This gift of human life and the opportunity which is ours to serve others for a short time should be regarded as a sacred trust."
Maintaining fidelity to our founder's faith, hopes, and dreams—indeed, preserving that "sacred trust"—is more than a matter of honor. Professors are expected to deliver an exceptional, transformational academic experience marked by the love of ideas and the joy of discovery, encouraging students to dig deep within themselves to discover their unique calling as citizens of the world. Toward this aspiration, the campaign seeks significant resources to extend our Christian mission through our Center for Faith and Learning, service-learning internships, and opportunities that will launch our students—in waves of service—into the world.
Before coming to Pepperdine, I had little to no awareness of the startling injustices that pervade our world. A week into my first year, I was exposed to some of these issues by a student group called International Justice Mission. I soon came to realize that defending the weak and the oppressed is a vital part of being a disciple of Christ. Because of Pepperdine, I am now the cofounder and vice president of a nonprofit, anti-trafficking organization called Project Exodus. I am so thankful that God brought me to Pepperdine. Even though we live in one of the most affluent communities in the world, we have not forgotten Christ's love for the least of these.