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President's Message on Diversity

Andrew K. Benton - Pepperdine University

"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."

Andrew K. Benton
President, 2000-2019

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, socio-economic status, 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.