Five Departments Relocate to New Student Assistance Center
On September 6, 2019, the Pepperdine Counseling Center, Housing and Residence Life, the Office of Student Accessibility, and the Student Health Center relocated to the Student Assistance Center, formerly known as the Seaver Academic Center, at the Malibu campus. Services offered at the new location, adjacent to the Center for Communication and Business building along Seaver Drive, commenced on September 9. The relocation, executed in collaboration between the Office of the Provost and Student Affairs, will provide each of the offices with additional space and improve the student experience by combining several on-campus resources in one building.
“As we look forward to serving the community from a space that reflects the University's unwavering commitment to students, we remember George Pepperdine's words in the Affirmation Statement: ‘The student, as a person of infinite dignity, is the heart of the educational enterprise,’ and we trust that this new space will reflect this affirmation,” says Sandra K. Harrison, executive director of the Office of Student Accessibility. Harrison also shares that students visiting the Office of Student Accessibility will have the opportunity to meet Sophie, an Australian poodle mix registered with Therapy Dogs International, who will be present in the office's waiting room several mornings a week.
Among the resources available at the Student Assistance Center, the facility features a new Health Center that offers services provided at most urgent care facilities or medical clinics in the area. Operating similarly to a family physician’s office, the new space demonstrates the latest in health standards and offers care for men’s and women’s health, illness and injury, respiratory concerns, dermatology, immunizations, labs, in-house testing, nutrition, and massage therapy.
The improved Counseling Center space offers two additional offices for private one-on-one counseling, as well as a relaxation room that is open to all Pepperdine students, regardless of whether they are in counseling. Housing and Residence Life, which includes Housing Operations staff and Residence Life staff who were grouped in different buildings over the last several years, will now work together in one shared space to facilitate student support, team communications, and overall synergy. A dedicated testing facility has also been imagined to accommodate students’ testing needs.
Affectionately nicknamed “the Student Awesome Center” by staff, the Pepperdine community is invited to tour the Student Assistance Center during an open house event on Friday, October 11, during the 10th annual Waves Weekend.