Human Resources partners with various community members to provide a wide range of opportunities for employees to get involved on campus through affinity groups or campus-wide initiatives. As a member of one of these groups or initiatives, you can meet colleagues, learn new skills, and rejuvenate your workday. Please see the list below of ways to get involved on campus or contact our office to learn more about how to get involved.
Adopt a Residence Hall
Students are the heart of our enterprise and the reason why we are here. As another opportunity to connect directly with our students and build meaningful relationships with those living on campus, faculty and staff members will have the opportunity to "adopt" a residence community. Consider engaging with students by baking cookies, decorating for a holiday, or offering mentorship opportunities. If you are interested in engaging our students in this way, either as an individual as a group, please contact Housing and Residence Life at 310-506-7586.
Spiritual Mentorship Program
Through the Spiritual Life Programs, faculty and staff have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Pepperdine student by volunteering their time and energy to encourage and empower students as a spiritual mentor. These meetings are designed for students to express and engage in conversations about God and life. Interested faculty/staff can apply to be a mentor through the Spiritual Mentoring Application. If you are interested in this program and would like to know more, please call the Convocation Office at 310-506-6837.
An affinity group is a group of colleagues who share a common interest or goal. Affinity groups can help expand your Pepperdine network, boost skills, build your resume, and provide an opportunity to connect with colleagues in a unique way. Please see the list below of the affinity groups that have been created.
Wellness Affinity Groups
Malibu Health and Wellness
This group was created to connect all those who are interested in everything that health and wellness encompasses. This group will discuss how exercising, eating right, and self care are truly a lifestyle. Whether it is fitness, dietary fads, meditation, and stress management, members of this group will have the chance to talk, share, and explore new options of what being "healthy" really means. For more information, please contact Director, Advancement Operations, Meghan Lervold.
Malibu Cancer Survivor Group
This group is designed to connect and support cancer survivors. This group will meet during the lunch hour to fellowship, discuss ways to support each other, and provide educational information. For more details, please contact Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Stacy Montgomery.
West Los Angeles Workout Group
Join colleagues across the West Los Angeles campus in various group workouts, including strength training, walking, and video-led workouts. The group meets every Thursday from 12:00-1:00pm. For more information, please contact the Associate Director of Talent Management, Maria Wright.
Malibu Women's Financial Literacy
Learn how to manage your money effectively with this financial literacy affinity group tailored for women! Topics will include budgeting, saving, retirement planning, and wealth optimization. For more information, please contact Pepperdine Controller, Laura Ponder, CPA, MBA.
Join colleagues from across the University to read and discuss Shakespeare's classics. Each session colleagues take turns reading aloud, then share their thoughts and reflections about the work. No experience and no memorization necessary! For more information, please contact Managing Director of the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Rebecca Carson.
Professional Development Affinity Groups
Malibu Rising Professionals Group
This group is designed to help rising professionals make connections in the Pepperdine community, build workplace friendships, and learn from one another professionally. This group will meet once a month during the lunch hour to eat together, enjoy a guest speaker, or simply spend some time getting to know each other. For more information, please contact Assistant Director of Business Operations and Special Events, Becca Smith.
West LA Book Club
This club was designed to connect faculty, staff, and students through community reading. Books are selected by the group and sometimes the author is invited to meet and discuss the book with the group. When in session, the club meets once a week for 4-8 weeks to analyze and share thoughts and interpretations of the reading. For more information, please contact the Associate Director of Talent Management, Maria Wright.
Family Affinity Groups
Malibu New and Expectant Parent Group: Members of this group have the opportunity to connect on various topics including transitioning back to work, maternity/paternity leave, and this new season of life. If you are an expectant or new parent, please contact Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President, Lisa Stone to learn more about the monthly lunches on the Malibu campus.
Spiritual Life Affinity Groups
West Los Angeles Bible Study: The WLA Bible Study Group was designed to build a spiritual community of learning and fellowship for Pepperdine faculty, staff, and students. This dedicated time on Wednesdays at noon is filled with scripture, discussion, and prayer. Please contact Irene Artavia-Misciagna, for more information about these weekly meetings at the WLA Campus.