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Demisse Selassie

Hometown: College Park, MD
Status: Junior
Major: Political Science, Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute



International Program

  • Washington, D.C.

Academic Accolades

  • SAAJ
  • Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society


  • Student Government Association, President
  • Student Programming Board

Service Projects

  • D.R.E.A.M. (Dramatically Reconstructing Education through African-American Men) Mentorship with Camp David
  • White House Mentorship Program with Woodrow Wilson High School
  • Skid Row Food Shelter

"Pepperdine really focuses on the cohesive inclusion of each person on campus, creating a community that fosters growth in academics and faith. When I first came to Pepperdine I struggled with being 3,000 miles away from home, beginning to explore life's common question: "Who am I?" Pepperdine has instilled values and goals in me that are unique to my mission and purpose in this world and I've learned to use my faith as my compass as I navigate through life. As a student you'll grow by tackling some of life's most complex questions. As a theist you'll grow by further examining religious texts more in-depth. As a friend you'll grow by serving as someone's place of comfort, and by coming to Pepperdine, you'll grow with your fellow Waves. I've grown so much since I've stepped foot on this amazing campus, and Pepperdine provided me the guidance and tools to become an essential piece in my local and global community."

As part of the Washington, D.C. program Demisse interned at the White House and gained critical knowledge of global affairs and foreign policy.