Office for Community Belonging
In 2 Timothy 1:7, the Greek word for God’s power is δύναμις or Dunamis. Guided by
love for all members of the Pepperdine community, discernment of the Holy Spirit,
and receptiveness to Dunamis, the Office for Community Belonging (OCB) facilitates
the creation of fertile ground in which all Pepperdine community members know they
belong and can reach the levels of spiritual, intellectual, and professional development
that God has planned for them.
Pepperdine’s Office for Community Belonging connects, supports, and equips our faculty,
staff, and students as they create and sustain a unified Pepperdine community.
Pepperdine’s Office for Community Belonging connects local and global stakeholders
as it invokes and embraces Dunamis (the power of God) to serve the world as leading thinkers and practitioners unifying
God’s diverse humanity through the integration of faith, leadership, and organizational
Our philosophy of intervention is Appreciative Inquiry. We engage all University stakeholders and leverage Pepperdine’s myriad strengths
and resources to unify our community in its varied pursuits of excellence. Our operating
definition of belonging is the state of being one experiences when Ubuntic Inclusion is put into practice.
We aim to infuse care, communication, connection, mentoring and coaching, fairness, trust, visibility and reward, and positive experiences of belonging into every interaction, strategy, process, practice, structure, and space in each of our locations for every faculty, staff, contractor, guest, and student at Pepperdine.
Meet the Team
J. Goosby Smith
Vice President for Community Belonging and Chief Diversity OfficerRead Smith's Full Bio
April Harris Akinloye ('00, MA '05)
Assistant Vice President for Community BelongingRead Akinloye's Full Bio
Executive AssistantRead Mitchell's Full Bio