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Community Engagement and Service

Community Engagement and Service is a branch of the Hub for Spiritual Life that focuses on providing students with opportunities to serve in the local community surrounding Pepperdine and beyond. A central tenet of Pepperdine’s mission is that “knowledge calls ultimately for a life of service.” Our goal is to provide students with opportunities to put this statement into action by hearing and understanding the hearts of the student body and providing them with service opportunities that align with their goals and passions in areas such as education, accessibility, sustainability, human rights, and more.

Service invites belonging, and we strive to infuse an essence of belonging into every space we facilitate. We focus on convening and connecting students of all backgrounds to meaningful community engagement and service opportunities on and off-campus. This area offers regular opportunities to contribute to community impact within and around the university. As God’s stewards, we put our faith into action as we join God’s work towards shalom in the world, whether individual or communal, physical or spiritual, local or global.

By giving students a deeper understanding of what genuine service looks like, we hope to equip them as they leave this university to be difference makers in their community and world.

Contact Us

Director: Christin Shatzer Román, ext. 7757

Assistant Director: Olivia Robinson, ext. 4520

Location: TCC 230

Upcoming Service Opportunities

Stay up to date with all upcoming volunteer opportunities. View a complete list of service projects provided by the office of Community Engagement and Service.

MLK Day Experience Flyer

March on Washington Experience

We are hosting a Minecraft Tour of The March on Washington (1963) for MLK Day 2022 on Monday, January 17 in BPC 190 from 10am-12pm. Students will be joining a Minecraft Server and listening to human rights activists, past and present, to learn about both historic and new movements against systemic racism. Please bring a laptop for this project. Sign up to participate.

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Food Drive

Along with APLA Health and Welnness, we will be bagging food for distribution in North Hollywood on Friday, January 28 from 1pm-5pm. All participants will need to wear closed shoes and bring their vaccination cards to the event since the venue requires proof of vaccination for participation. Sign up to partcipate.

Hunger and Homelessness Flyer

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

January 24th-28th is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Join us for a week-long event of learning about hunger and homelessness in our own hometowns, creating care kits for people in need, and advocating for greater protections for our neighbors with housing insecurity. Find us tabling at Joslyn Plaza and at Caruso School of Law.

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Spring Red Cross Blood Drive

Swing by the HAWC to save a life March 22-24! Sign up to donate.




Explore Recent Events

Jeese Jacobs at Fly RISE event


Student workers Jesse Jacobs and Chloe Edwards participated in the RISE event on behalf of the Community Engagement and Service Office. When stopping by their table, students casted votes on different service opportunities that they were most passionate about participating in. 

Jesse Jacobs, Food Oasis Virtual Event

Food Oasis Virtual Food Drive

Jesse Jacobs, student representative for the Office of Community Engagement and Service, coordinated a virtual food bank that consisted of contacting food banks, pantries, and hot meal programs open to the public. He and the other participating students contacted nine organizations and updated their contact information in the Food Oasis database. 

Chloe Edwards, Our Community LA

Our Community LA

In partnership with Our Community LA, the Office of Community Engagement and Service hosted a virtual event designed to update the WIN (What I Need) app. The app is designed to provide essential resources to individuals experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Participating students contacted and updated 21 websites for the app.