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Interested in becoming a leader on campus? Here are some student leadership opportunities in Student Activities.

Orientation Coordinator (OC)

OCs provide leadership, mentoring, and guidance to the Orientation Leaders as they prepare them to serve the incoming students during orientation in August. OCs are responsible for elements of orientation planning and implementation, OL training, and information sessions. This position requires dedication, a servant heart and a commitment to Pepperdine's Christian mission. Students must have served as an Orientation Leader (OL) in order to be eligible to apply for the position of Coordinator and must be available for training prior to NSO. There are approximately 6-8 positions available.

Application Deadlines
Applications Open: Monday, March 7
Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 25
Interviews: March 14 - March 30
Faculty/Staff Recommendation Due: Friday, April 1

Orientation Leader (OL)

OLs help new students move into their residence halls, assist with informational sessions, participate in new student activities and are available to answer general questions. OLs must attend training sessions prior to NSO and are required to serve through the duration of NSO. There are approximately 100 positions available.

Application Deadlines
Applications Open: Monday, March 7
Deadline to Apply: Friday, April 1
Interviews: March 14 - April 8
Faculty/Staff Recommendation Due: Friday, April 8

Student Programming Board

The Student Programming Board is a committee of appointed Pepperdine student leaders dedicated to planning, organizing, and executing events that bring students together. The Board hosts over sixty events throughout the year, each designed to foster community and give students a college experience that is unique to being a Wave.

Application Deadlines
Applications Open: Wednesday, February 23
Deadline to Apply: Monday, March 21
Rolling Interviews: Wednesday, March 9 - Wednesday, March 30
Professional + Peer Recommendations Due: Friday, March 25

Inter-Club Council (ICC)

ICC invests our portion of the Campus Life fee each semester in student clubs, retreats, event programming, and organization initiatives. ICC Executive Board supports our nearly 100 student organizations with classroom reservations, technological needs, brainstorming, leadership development, purchasing, and event support. 

Application Deadlines
Applications Open: Monday, March 21, 2022
Deadline to Apply: Sunday, March 27, 2022
Rolling Interviews: Monday, March 28 - Friday, April 8

Student Government Association

SGA is dedicated to providing the students of Pepperdine University with quality representation through innovative advocacy programs. When a need arises SGA strives not to just pass that concern on to the administration, but to create and implement real solutions for the student body. Governed by an elected executive board, class presidents, senators, and appointed directors, SGA has several committees that work with administrators, faculty, and staff across the University to address student needs.

Application Deadlines:
Applications Open: Elections Packets available now 
Candidates Meeting (mandatory): Wednesday, March 16
Election Day: Wednesday, March 23

Transfer Mentors

Transfer mentors are students who previously transferred to Pepperdine and want to serve the transfer population. During the fall and spring, they serve as orientation leaders, helping new students move in and transition to their new home. Throughout the year, they host transfer families and various transfer events. 

Application Deadlines:
Applications Open: Monday, March 7
Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 25

Other Leadership Opportunities

There are many other opportunities to get involved in a leadership role in other areas/departments around campus. See below for a few of those opportunities.

  Pepperdine Ambassadors Council (PAC)

The Pepperdine Ambassadors Council (PAC) is a small, diverse, well-rounded cross-section of Pepperdine University’s student population. PAC exists to serve as a link between the student body and the greater Pepperdine/Malibu community. Members represent Pepperdine at high profile university and LA/Malibu events, enjoy relationships with top Pepperdine Leadership, and benefit from networking and one-on-one mentoring. 

Application Deadlines:
Applications Open: February 9, 2022
Deadline to Apply: March 17, 2022
  Student-Led Ministries

We have two existing opportunities for students to get involved with leadership in Connect Ministries. The Spiritual Leadership Cohort exists to provide student ministry leaders the opportunity to participate in a vibrant cohort of student leaders who desire to learn and be formed in the ways and teachings of Jesus through developmental trainings, communal shared experiences, and practical application in an area of spiritual leadership/service that aligns with their interest and gifting.

  Student Wellness Advisory Board (SWAB)

The Student Wellness Advisory Board seeks to promote health and wellness on campus through healthy minds, healthy bodies, and healthy communities. Our Healthy Minds branch partners with the Pepperdine Counseling Center to bring awareness to issues surrounding mental health and self-care. Our Healthy Bodies Branch partners with the Pepperdine Health Center to promote overall physical wellness including nutrition, movement, and health care. Our Healthy Communities branch partners with Pepperdine’s Title IX Office to bring awareness to issues surrounding relationship violence and to advocate for healthy relationships.