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University Diversity Council

About Us

The Pepperdine University Diversity Council (UDC) is a University-wide council composed of faculty, staff, and students who join with senior management in a collaborative effort to create strategic plans and goals for diversity in alignment with our Christian mission and vision. This involves implementing programs that increase and enhance student, faculty, and staff diversity at all levels of the University.

Diversity Statement

Pepperdine is a Christian University fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our faith cherishes the sacred dignity of every human being and celebrates diversity as a true representation of God's love and creative expression. We endeavor to build a diverse community that fully engages the transformative educational process across expressions of human difference. Therefore, we strive toward academic excellence and a shared sense of belonging with the understanding that a broad range of diverse perspectives enriches the quality of our learning, scholarship, and leadership.

University Diversity Council Charter

View the UDC council charter.

Council Meeting Agenda and Minutes

View the UDC Agendas & Minutes.

Council Membership

Chalak Richards
Chair, University Diversity Council
Assistant Dean of Student Life, Diversity, and Belonging
Caruso School of Law

Kenzi Bishara
Current Student
Seaver College

Sara Barton
University Chaplain
Office of the Chaplain

Luisa Blanco Raynal
Professor of Public Policy
School of Public Policy

Rebecca Campos
Director, Intercultural Affairs
Student Affairs

Lila Carlsen
Associate Provost
Office of the Provosot
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
Seaver College

La Shonda Coleman
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Title IX Coordinator
Student Affairs

Tanya Cooper
Assistant Clinical Professor
Caruso School of Law

Bryant Crubaugh
Chair, Seaver Diversity Council
Assistant Director of Engagement Programs
Seaver College

Jamila Cupid
Assistant Professor of Public Relations
Seaver College

Robert deMayo
Associate Dean and Professor of Psychology
Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Dawn Emrich
Director of Public Safety
Department of Public Safety

Natalia Escobedo-Molina
Seaver College Student

Melissa Espinoza
Assistant Director of Engagement and Programs
School of Public Policy

Nate Ethell
Director of Communications and Brand Development
Integrated Marketing Communications

Alex Forero
Public Relations Manager
Integrated Marketing Communications

Jeannie Gentile
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Office of the Provost

Sandra Harrison
Executive Director
Office of Student Accessibility

Seta Kahjarian
Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Lauren McGrath
Associate Director
Human Resources

Valerie Nowacki
Director of Graziadio Talent Management, Student Systems
Graziadio Business School

Mark Tribbitt
Associate Professor of Strategic Management
Graziadio Business School

Eric Wilson
University Church

Maria Wright
Director of Talent Management
Graduate School of Education and Psychology