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Belonging in SERVICE

Embedded in Pepperdine's distinct mission and identity are three aspirations for a community of students who seek lives of deep meaning. Of the three objectives—purpose, service, and leadership—each one stands alone in its profound distinction and is never divided against the others.


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Throughout the University's 83-year history, countless Waves around the world have found a sense of purpose in offering their unique gifts where they are needed most. Indeed, service is paramount to the Pepperdine experience, and the University has become a place where students are purposefully prepared to open their hearts and extend their hands to lift others up. We were built by our creator to need each other, and the act of serving enables us to make a difference in the world as part of a community and to find solace in each other's humanity. Service underscores how much we truly need one another.

As we seek and find meaning in the call to service, our selfless acts also provide meaningful places of belonging for those in need of relief and reconciliation. Not only does service create experiences through which students can find a deeper sense of purpose, but it also invites members of the broader community into a family that surrounds them with unbounded love. When we fill others up with feelings of belonging, it binds us in togetherness. When we allow others to find belonging in us, we become all the more aware of our critical role in each other's lives.




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Dean of the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, Paul Caron and his wife Courtney.

Paul L. Caron, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, and his wife, Courtney, made a $125,000 gift to help endow the Student Emergency Fund at Caruso Law. This is the second major gift the Carons have made to help students at Caruso Law in the past year. In November 2019 they were the first to make a $50,000 gift to the "50 for 50" scholarship campaign, which was created as part of the school's 50th anniversary celebration."

Medical professionals holding signs with encouraging messages on them.

HSAC@SPP donated 3,000 reusable face shields to LAC+USC Medical Center following an onsite press conference on April 14, 2020. The face shields were designed to protect medical staff involved in procedures that may expose them to infectious fluids while treating patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

A balcony view of the inside of Payson Library looking down on the stacks of bookshelves.

Pepperdine Libraries was awarded a $19,815 Humanities for All project grant from California Humanities. The grant will fund the "Preserving the History of South Los Angeles: A Community Digitization Initiative," which will allow Pepperdine Libraries and its partners to catalogue and preserve artifacts, documents, and memories of the African American experience in South Los Angeles between the 1930s and 1970s. After completing digitization events in the community and gathering oral histories, key findings will be shared at the California African American Museum in December 2021.

The new Pepperdine business cards featuring Braille embossment.

Pepperdine introduced Braille-embossed business cards for faculty and staff to address a growing need and desire to provide accessible services to all members of the University community. Research completed by Anna Penner, assistant professor of sociology at Seaver College, on the sociodynamics of disability, family, and inequality inspired the development of the cards.

New members of the Board of Regents Eric Johnson and Virgina F. Milstead.

Pepperdine welcomed two new members to the Board of Regents. Eric Johnson, mayor of Dallas, Texas, and Virginia F. Milstead (JD '04), a litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, joined the governing board of the University in June 2020.

Sahith Theegala golfing on a green.

Sahith Theegala ('20) was recognized as the nation's top collegiate golfer. As a fifth-year senior, Theegala became the first Pepperdine men's golfer in University history to win the Fred Haskins Award, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. With Theegala's help, Pepperdine ended the shortened season with its first-ever top regular-season ranking in program history, ranked number one by Golfstat and the Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Poll.

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