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Intercultural Affairs Student Groups

 Armenian Student Association

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: Arthur Akopyan at arthur.akopyan@pepperdine.edu or Siran Iskanian at siran.iskanian@pepperdine.edu.

 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.

Contact:  Naya Edwards at naya.edwards@pepperdine.edu or Jazmine Gray at jazmine.gray@pepperdine.edu.

 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: Audrey Hartono at audrey.hartono@pepperdine.edu.

 Chinese Student & Scholar Association

The Chinese Student & Scholar Association (CSSA) 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:  Howard Yao at howard.yao@pepperdine.edu or Zhiang (Bill) Qiu at zhiang.qiu@pepperdine.edu.

 Crossroads GSA

Crossroads GSA 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:  Hope Lockwood at hope.lockwood@pepperdine.edu or Danica Christy at danica.christy@pepperdine.edu.

 Feminist Club

The Feminist Club strives to break-down negative connotations around feminism such as those that assume the movement is associated with female superiority. To do this we hope to uplift and empower all sexes and place emphasis on issues that are most prevalent today such as derogatory name-calling, restrictions placed on men when expressing emotion, double standards, the glass ceiling, general toxic-masculinity and the strict image of an acceptable man, etc. We seek to create a safe environment that encourages open communication and we hope to unite all members by helping women in obvious need of help. We plan to do this by partnering with organizations who make efforts to resolve problems such as domestic abuse, sex trafficking, and so on. Our goal is to create an official place of union for the feminist movement on campus and increase awareness about the hardship imposed by societal conditioning in efforts to make progress and minimize prejudices that inhibit people from achieving self-actualization.

Contact:  Lloyd Gerard at jacksen.gerard@pepperdine.edu.

 First Gen

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:  Christina Brennan at christina.brennan@pepperdine.edu.

 Hawai'i Club

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:  Kylie Guieb at kylie.guieb@pepperdine.edu.

 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: Sahej Bhasin at sahej.bhasin@pepperdine.edu.

 Indigenous People's Club

IPC is an on-campus organization where undergraduate students at Pepperdine University can come together and immerse themselves 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.

Contact: Sammie Wuensche at samantha.wuensche@pepperdine.edu.

 Japanese Student Union

Japanese Student Union (JSU) is an organization which provides students opportunities to interact with 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 Japanese clubs at other Southern California campuses, 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.

Contact:  Kevin Liu at weihao.liu@pepperdine.edu.

 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.

Contact:  Juhee (Julie) Seo at juhee.seo@pepperdine.edu or Jung Oh (Justin) Han at jungoh.han@pepperdine.edu.

 Latinx Student Alliance

The Latinx Student Alliance (LSA) 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 Latinx and non-Latinx students, with the opportunity to experience, celebrate, and embrace the Latino culture on campus.

Contact:  Sofia Reyes at sofia.reyes@pepperdine.edu or Ethan Barragan at ethan.barragan@pepperdine.edu.

 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:  Jerni McFadden at jerni.mcfadden@pepperdine.edu.

 Pilipino 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.

Contact:  Keona Paniagua at keona.paniagua@pepperdine.edu.

 Rotaract International

Rotaract International 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.

Contact:  Yingfan (Stella) Zhu at stella.zhu@pepperdine.edu or Stuti Aahana at stuti.aahana@pepperdine.edu.

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