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Heather Odell

Seaver, Admission, Voices - Heather Odell

Hometown: Auburn, Washington
Status: Senior
Majors: International Studies and Hispanic Studies

"One of the most meaningful experiences I have had at Pepperdine was being part of the Social Action and Justice Colloquium and getting to know Dr. Jeff Banks. In that class I was forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to consider social justice issues such as racism, poverty, disability, and LGBTQ rights, and consider what role I should play in being an advocate for change. I am forever thankful for those conversations because they continue to shape and motivate me to this day."

International Programs

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

Academic Accolades

  • Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative
  • Article published in Global Tides, Pepperdine journal of arts and sciences
  • Presented research at the International Studies Association
  • Research Assistant, Political Science Department
  • Social Action and Justice Colloquium
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program


  • Education and Literacy Coordinator, Volunteer Center
  • Model United Nations
  • Resident Advisor

Service Projects

  • Camp David Gonzales
  • Project Serve, Nicaragua
  • Standing on Stone Homeless Ministry

Heather finds meaning and motivation in the conversations had as part of the Social Action and Justice Colloquium with Dr. Jeff Banks.