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Diversity at Pepperdine

Seaver College Diversity Council Charter

December 14, 2005

Pepperdine University is guided by its foundational Christian mission. Our mission inspires in us a profound respect for and love of the diverse cultures in which we live, work, and worship-both in Southern California and our international campuses throughout the world.

As the University's Office of Equal Opportunity affirms:

"When Pepperdine speaks of 'diversity,' it does so in a broad sense-one that encompasses a multitude of dimensions, including race, ethnicity, gender, religion, cultural background, class, ability, national origin and more. Diversity, as we understand it, means that the institution's many constituents are a mosaic of people united by a deep and abiding respect for our Christian heritage."

In his inaugural address, President Benton also affirmed this commitment to diversity:

"Pepperdine's commitment to diversity stems from a Christian heritage that compels us to love justice and to treat every individual equally with respect and compassion. Our faith also confirms that we are finite and therefore our knowledge is incomplete. It is through the inclusion and experience of others from diverse points of view that we often begin to see dimensions of truth previously unseen by us. Pepperdine views diversity as one facet of the prism of values formed by our mission." (Envisioning a Bold Future and Equal Opportunity Statement, www.pepperdine.edu)

As such, at Seaver College diversity is central to our mission and is essential to the health of our institution. A diverse community of students, faculty, staff and board members enriches the learning experience for all and prepares us for the multicultural world in which we reside.

This commitment has manifested itself in the Seaver College Diversity Council.

Consistent with the University's Christian mission and the theological rationale for diversity, the Seaver Diversity Council will:

  1. Develop strategic goals to increase recruitment, retention, and success of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
  2. Foster a campus climate at Seaver College which is built upon inclusiveness, mutual respect, education, appreciation, and understanding.
  3. Increase awareness of College and University diversity efforts among Seaver College community members.
  4. Encourage an awareness and appreciation of diversity among members of the Seaver College community.
  5. Where appropriate, facilitate the integration of diversity into curricular and co-curricular offerings.

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The Seaver Diversity Council will seek funding from the University, foundations, and other external sources.

The Seaver Diversity Council will be composed of faculty, staff, and students. The Council will create and implement strategic goals for diversity in alignment with our Christian mission and our University Diversity Council.

The Seaver Diversity Council will support the University's quest toward becoming a "learning organization" by using research and assessment data to both support and guide our diversity efforts.

Council members will promote responsibility, accountability, and recognition for increasing campus diversity, improving the campus climate, and advancing the knowledge base for creating and sustaining a culturally diverse community. Council members will also assist in networking with individuals who support our mission, informing them that Seaver College values diversity and seeks to recruit qualified faculty and staff from diverse groups. The Council will encourage both internal and external collaborations and partnerships that will extend diversity and multicultural education to the broader Los Angeles community.

Creation and Composition of the Council

The Seaver College Diversity Council will consist of approximately twenty voting members from the faculty, staff, and student body of Seaver College. The voting members will also be representative of the Seaver Faculty Association, Seaver Cabinet, and Seaver Student Government Association. The Council will nominate members and the Dean of Seaver College shall appoint new members. Council members are appointed for a two year period, but may serve successive terms.

Presiding Officers, Voting, and Scheduling of Meetings

The Council will meet minimally three times per year: twice during the Fall semester and once during the Spring semester; however, it may choose to meet more frequently. The chair will be responsible for scheduling and calling the meetings each semester. The chair may use his or her discretion to schedule and call additional meetings.

A recording secretary will be selected to record and distribute the minutes of each Council meeting. When necessary, the Council may create sub-committees to study specific diversity issues of college-wide concern and to report back to the Council. In addition, the individual members of the Council may serve in a liaison role to the President, Provost, or University Diversity Council on behalf of Seaver College. It shall be an important duty and responsibility of all members of the Council to attend meetings. Members must be present to vote (unless the Council decides otherwise). Fifty percent (50%) of the Council's voting members must be present for a vote to pass, unless otherwise decided by the Council. Decision making will be determined by a simple majority of the Council's voting members.