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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)


Quick Facts

  • 53% Students of Color Enrolled Fall 2023
  • 88% 1-Year Retention Rate for Students of Color who Entered Fall 2022
  • 84% 6-Year Graduation Rate for Students of Color who Entered Fall 2017
  • 34% Instructional Faculty of Color Employed as of November 1, 2023


OIE Terms and Definitions

The OIE recognizes the complex and dynamic nature associated with defining DEI; thus, the terms below are meant to serve as definitions for OIE-related deliverables and research activities only and are not meant to represent, or serve as, University definitions. 

  • Diversity: traits and characteristics that make people or groups unique (e.g., race, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, faith, nationality, ability, class, among many other identity-related dimensions) including intersectional characteristics.
  • Equity: fair treatment, access, and opportunities for all people, including the attempt to identify and eliminate systemic barriers that hinder full participation; equity overlaps and incorporates matters related to inclusion, access, diversity, and justice.
  • Inclusion: environments in which all people feel welcomed, respected, supported, valued, and invited to participate and maintain their uniqueness and identity; collective access for all groups.

Did You Know




Did you know that Pepperdine students describe “diversity” as variations in one’s background, such as differences in race/ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, religion, perspectives/views, and sexual orientation? Read more in the OIE’s DEI Report Diversity at Pepperdine | Students.

 OIE Reports

 DEI Resources

AAC&U Advancing Equity

CAIR EDI Commitments

WSCUC Equity and Inclusion

 OIE DEI Archive