Intercultural Affairs Student Groups
Armenian Student Association (ASA)
The Armenian Student Association is a non-profit organization that fosters and promotes Armenian culture and heritage to the Pepperdine Community. Furthermore, the Armenian Student Association seeks to raise efforts to bring about an awareness of the Armenian Community in the Malibu and Los Angeles area, by providing a space where Armenian-American undergraduates can connect with their roots, network with one another, and
give back to their communities. Pepperdine ASA strives to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of Armenian history, heritage, and culture through social, philanthropic, and educational activities.
Contact: Arnia Majarian
Blue and Orange Indonesian Society
Our organization aims to build and strengthen relationships in the Pepperdine Indonesian community as well as promote cultural awareness and diversity to the Pepperdine Campus. We aim to strengthen our unity as Indonesian nationals at Pepperdine.
Contact: Helena Lie
Black Student Association
The Black Student Association's mission is to promote unity and cultural awareness, as well as to expose the Pepperdine community to the unique and universal qualities and traits of Black cultures. BSA is also focused on providing a safe space for our Black students to express their thoughts and opinions during their time here at Pepperdine. BSA is committed to encouraging lives of leadership and excellence for all students and to developing each member culturally, personally, socially, spiritually and academically.
Caribbean Students Association
Caribbean Students Association is a student organization that fosters a strong, supportive community for people of Caribbean descent and increases knowledge about Caribbean culture and awareness about diversity of people of Caribbean heritage at Pepperdine University.
Contact: Erinn Heffes
Chinese Student Association
The Chinese Student Association (CSA) is the first Chinese organization serving the growing Chinese-American community at Pepperdine University and is dedicated to improving cultural awareness on the campus as well as providing support for those who come from a common background. Our purpose is "to promote better understanding and identification with the Chinese (Chinese-American) culture and heritage. It is our passion to act as a uniting force for all students and serve as a catalyst for positive action across all cultural groups."
Contact: Rui Yang
Crossroads is a student-run organization that serves to provide a safe space where all LGBTQ+ students and allies can gain loving support and engage in dialogue around LGBTQ+ matters. In a community where depression and loneliness are high, Crossroads seeks to provide an open space where LGBTQ+ students and their allies can challenge themselves and others in hopes of bringing confidence and self-understanding to their lives. Crossroads strives to promote sensitivity, to foster tolerance, and to encourage the discussion of Biblical, spiritual, cultural, and social issues pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community. Crossroads seeks to address misunderstanding, exclusion and aversive homophobia while also challenging negative stereotypes.
Contact: Juan Carlos Hughes
Cultural Italian American Organization
CIAO club seeks to promote Italian culture at Pepperdine through opportunities centered on language development, cultural understanding, and relationships with fellow Italian students. We envision a campus where students of many backgrounds feel comfortable and supported, and we believe that starts with events like ours, intended to share the unique qualities of cultures around the globe. We also strive to be a foundation for students in the Florence program by both preparing them for their year abroad and offering a place for community once they return. Come check us out!
Filipino Club / Philipino American Student Association
Pakikisama means 'camaraderie' or 'the ability to get along with others' in Tagalog. Our club actively strives to promote diversity on Pepperdine's campus by sharing the culture and heritage of the Filipino people while inviting students, faculty, and staff to partake in our traditions. We hope to create a community that celebrates cultural awareness and unites in each other's differences through purpose, service, and leadership.
Hawai'i Club aims to educate, engage, and bring the unique "island" culture to Seaver College students through enriching experiences and programs geared towards promoting awareness and respect towards the Hawaiian Culture. In building an understanding of the diverse community of our university and the world, we aim to prepare culturally competent graduates for purposeful lives devoted to Christian discipleship, service, mercy, and justice in local, national, and global context.
Contact: Christopher Jenkins
Indian Student Association
The Indian Student Association aims to bring awareness and respect to South Asian nationalities at Pepperdine University. This is done so with the organization's purpose of educating the community about the rich Indian heritage and culture, as well as providing student opportunities by immersing them within a different culture through promoting activities such as Diwali and Holi.
Contact: Harleen Chhabra
Japan Student Union / Japan Club
Japan Student Union (JSU) is an organization which provides students opportunities to interact each other and share the culture of Japan that may allow students to broaden their diverse perspectives. JSU will be hosting heritage events on campus, such as sushi nights and game nights, planning some activities off campus, communicating with Japan clubs of other Southern California campus, and providing career opportunities for students who are interested in working globally between U.S. and Japan. We are open to any students regardless of cultural background, and strive to develop Japanese community at Pepperdine University.
First Gen is a club where first generation college students and allies of first generation college students come together to create an empowering and supportive community. Through social events, partnering with fellow faculty, staff, and programs on Seaver Campus, and through each other, success for everyone is attainable.
Contact: Isabel Cornavaca
Indigenous People's Club
An on-campus organization where undergraduate students of Pepperdine University can come together and immerse themself within the Indigenous community. By providing enriching events and activities, the club hopes that students will grow in advocacy, inclusively, socially, and leadership wise. From this, active members become better stewards of change in a growing/diverse world.
Korean Student Association
KSA seeks to promote cultural awareness by sharing the Korean heritage and by promoting an understanding of the Korean culture. KSA provides an avenue for all students with the common interest and desire to know more about the Korean culture by fostering an environment through hosting campus-wide activities that pertain to Korean culture, convocations, and promoting cultural awareness. The primary objective of KSA is to inspire students to grow in their identity, sense of community and/or understanding of the Korean culture.
Latino Student Association
The Latino Student Association is an ethnically and socially based organization that is designed to encourage the appreciation for diversity and the pursuit of cultural awareness. We provide the entire Pepperdine community, including both Latino and non-Latino students with the opportunity to experience, celebrate, and embrace the Latino culture on campus.
Rotaract is a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to community and international service. Its membership totals over 184,000 in more than 8,000 clubs worldwide. Rotaract clubs are self-governing and self-supporting and can be either university- or community-based. Individual Rotary clubs sponsor Rotaract clubs and offer guidance and support, making the Rotaract clubs true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary.
Pepperdine Step Team
Pepperdine Step Team strives to create a community where artistic expression belongs to everyone seeking personal growth through the art of dance. Step Team not only encourages an outlet of expression, comfort, and creativity, but we also seek to empower and educate those on campus about other cultures and forms of dance.
Contact: Shanelle Wilkins
Taiwanese Students Union
Its purpose is to help Taiwanese students to fit in the Pepperdine community and to provide a platform for local students who want to interact with Taiwanese culture. Our organization values are advancement, community, respect, unity, and collaboration.Our organization furthers the mission and values of Pepperdine University by fostering community and encouraging leadership and inclusiveness of all people from all backgrounds. Our organization's strengths going into the 2019-2020 school year are emerging as the first undergraduate Taiwan Student Association, being passionate about spreading awareness of our culture, and coming together as a team of diverse individuals united towards a common goal.Our organization's opportunities going into the 2019-2020 school year are increasing popularity of Taiwanese food and culture and educating the student and faculty on campus about Taiwan.
Contact: Chuo-Yen Lee
Thai Students Association
Contact: Chih Yuan Lee
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