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Seaver Diversity Council Hosted AVID Program Students
The Pepperdine University Seaver Diversity Council reached out to students from the Los Angeles Unified School District by sponsoring Kickin' College Day, a college education program, on Oct. 11, on the Malibu campus. The event was held in conjunction with the AVID program, which is designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges.
President Andrew K. Benton opened the day with an official welcoming speech to participating youths, followed by a presentation on general college applications and financial aid information. Student participants then broke into groups and attended various workshops on topics such as "How to Write a College Essay," and "Leadership Development: How to Get Involved in College." The workshops were run by student leaders in the Student Government Association (SGA), Intercultural Affairs, Pepperdine Volunteer Center (PVC), and other various student clubs. Additionally, participants were given a guided campus tour to see a college campus firsthand.
AVID participants are students with four-year college potential who have not previously succeeded in a college preparatory curricular path. By engaging students, faculty, tutors, parents, and community, with curriculum, AVID transforms its participants into academically successful leaders and role models for their peers. Students in the AVID program partake in a rigorous curriculum by simultaneously working with counselors to enroll in college preparatory courses, becoming familiar with college entry test taking, and receiving assistance in the college and financial aid application processes.
Kickin' College Day combined the work of AVID with the efforts of Seaver College to provide beneficial information to prospective college students. As Pepperdine aims to strengthen its students’ lives for purpose, service, and leadership, it also seeks to strengthen the lives of others outside the Pepperdine community. This program and others serve as a way for Pepperdine to continue its commitment to diversity and service in the Los Angeles community.