Student Organizations


Students participate in a variety of events and student organizations at the School of Public Policy.

Student Organizations

Student Organization Handbook 2017-2018

Student Organization Roster Form

Student Organization Event Request Form

Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)

The Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) will create a welcoming space for those interested in environmental policy. Members will have the opportunity to learn and network with members of the National and California Associations of Environmental Professionals (NAEP and CAEP). AEP will also work to promote sustainability on the Pepperdine Campus.

Christianity and Public Policy (CPP)

Christianity and Public Policy is a student organization dedicated to the practicalapplication of the Christian faith in the public square through deliberation, examination of Biblical and other literary text, community involvement, and fellowship.

Churchill Society

The Churchill Society is a student organization dedicated to the study of leadership, prudence, and community in public policy. They are a social and philanthropic body that believes that education is not just found in the classroom, but through the many interactions with scholars and professionals. Their mission is to work with current policy students, alumni, and other Pepperdine University grad students to build a forum that fosters networking and professional growing experiences.

International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Student Chapter

In collaboration with the School of Public Policy's Davenport Institute for Public Leadership and Civic Engagement, Pepperdine is host to a student chapter of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Pepperdine's program is the second such program in Southern California, where student members are offered a number of resources including: access to ICMA online, which includes research and job postings, free registration for the ICMA annual conference, guidance from Rod Gould, city manager of Santa Monica, who serves as a professional mentor for the chapter, and on-campus speaking engagements with those who have careers in local government. ICMA is the professional and educational association for appointed local government administrators throughout the world, making this an excellent opportunity to build a network of contacts with local government administrators both in California and across the country. The application process for the ICMA Student Chapter at the School of Public Policy opens in both January and September.

Pepperdine Policy Review (PPR)

The Pepperdine Policy Review (PPR) is a student-run journal that showcases the best scholarly work of School of Public Policy students at Pepperdine University. It features articles, commentaries, opinion pieces, and book reviews that address a variety of issues from health care and national security to political philosophy. The mission of the Pepperdine Policy Review is to publish the best scholarly research, innovative policy solutions, and insightful commentary that School of Public Policy students have to offer. This journal seeks to inform policy makers, academic researchers, and the general public of ideas that will help transform public policy debate in the U.S. and abroad. All articles are thoroughly reviewed by student editors and must meet rigorous academic standards.

Pepperdine University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society of Public Affairs and Administration

Pi Alpha Alpha encourages and recognizes outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public policy, to promote the advancement of education and practice in the art and science of public policy, and to foster integrity, professionalism and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service activities. PAA membership identifies those with the highest performance levels in educational programs preparing them for public service careers. The application process for Pi Alpha Alpha begins in both September and January.


Membership in PAA is recognized nationally and is considered to be evidence of advanced scholastic and professional achievement. Student and alumni members of the Pepperdine chapter will also be members of the national organization. Current students as well as alumni may wish to include this award on their resume.

Pi Alpha Alpha will seek to offer its members:

  • Special meet and greet opportunities with speakers and guests.
  • Community service opportunities.

Becoming a Member

In order to become a member, students must attain a minimum of a 3.7 GPA, complete a minimum of 25 units, and express a desire to conduct themselves in a manner that brings honor to the chapter, the School of Public Policy, and the Pepperdine Community. Students may apply for membership at the end of their first full year of studies, as well as after the first semester of their second year and upon completion of the program. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2017 semester is October 2, 2017.

Fall 2017 Application

Mail or return the completed application to:

Pi Alpha Alpha
School of Public Policy
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-7490

Alumni who graduated with a 3.7 GPA are also eligible to apply for membership during open application periods, typically in January and October. Applications will first go through a GPA verification process through the Dean's office and then be approved by the chapter's faculty advisor, Professor Ted McAllister.

Women in Public Policy (WPP)

Women in Public Policy (WPP) is a student organization established to promote the development of women in the academic and professional arenas with an emphasis on ethics and leadership. Through a blend of guest speakers, community involvement, social activities, and seminars, WPP supports and encourages women as they tackle unique challenges in public policy. While ethnically and politically diverse, these women share a commitment to use innovative solutions to address complex national and global issues.