Allison Lee has been a crucial voice across the PGM newsroom to consider diverse topics – ensuring the voices of minoritized students were heard, and promoting broader cultural visions for each edition of Currents. She has written stories about color and art found in cultures, feminism around the world, LGBTQ advocacy, the social justice organization Sojourners, food in different cities, worship from diverse perspectives, and many more. In all her pieces, Allison considered intersectionality and raised critical inclusive questions. While she was an SLA, she survived the Borderline shooting and sheltered in place with her residents during the Woolsey fire, all while her own family members were displaced from their home in Westlake Village. Her senior capstone projects focused on the kinds of discrimination Asian Americans are facing during the Coronavirus pandemic and water scarcity for Jordanians and Syrian refugees. Since her freshman year, Allison Lee has been a consistent champion for diversity and inclusion at Pepperdine.
Olivia exudes love and creativity. She is vocal, open, and willing to create spaces for people to learn. She has revitalized Table Talks, built bridges with other cultural clubs, and worked with the administration to improve diverse relations in conversation across campus. She co-founded Ubuntu for the support of black freshmen on campus. She has been one of the strongest and most consistent voices to speak with administrators, professors, and students to make Pepperdine a more inclusive place, bringing diverse voices to the front of discussion. She has spoken in chapel in front of more than 500 of her peers. She created an event to highlight the experiences of women experiencing sexual assault on college campuses, and why Christian schools should be advocates for survivors, and more. Olivia is an excellent stand out leader for diversity and inclusive excellence at Pepperdine.
Since first stepping foot on this campus, Payton has committed his time at Pepperdine to creating community and embracing diversity. Within all of his roles, he has zealously pursued excellence and truth in restorative justice. As the co-president of BSA, Payton has expanded alliances between the black community and other minorities on campus. He also co-founded Ubuntu, and worked with the admission office to develop a chaperone system where prospective black students could spend the day with a current student/member of BSA. He has been a champion of marginalized students, and worked hard to build bridges with the administration – initiating a dinner with the president for student leaders as well as advocating for the flags in the cafeteria to better represent the student body. As an RA, Payton was a constant source of inspiration, humor, and service. Payton is mature beyond his peers. His faith informs his decisions and actions. Payton always has a positive attitude and is willing to listen to different opinions and engage in respectful dialogue. He cares for everyone he encounters and is constantly trying to better himself, others, and all communities around him.
Asa Bailey, the middle child of five and daughter of Frederick and Janice Bailey, was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Having been a part of the Pepperdine Summer Preview program for first-generation college students, Bailey has been deeply committed to mentoring other first-generation students. She has been an event planner for the Student Programming Board, a career ambassador, Student Employment Office assistant, and two-time resident advisor. Bailey has served on the executive board of the Black Student Association for three years and is currently the group's president. Through each of the leadership roles that she has occupied, she has actively galvanized peers to be more involved in diversity and inclusion efforts on and off campus. In addition, she has continually advocated for historically marginalized voices through her academics, event programming, and conversations with campus administrative leaders. After graduating with her BA in psychology, Bailey hopes to go forward and make an impact on the world by living out God's love, honoring her mother's memory, and working in medicine and education.
Lauren Chu has been an advocate for disabilities throughout her time at Pepperdine. As the first service-dog handler on campus, she has had a unique experience that has connected her with many students struggling with invisible disabilities. As a sophomore, Chu founded the Invisible Illness Support Group, which has been a much-needed resource for students with differing abilities to find community. She has had the opportunity to speak about disability on many panels, write an article for Currents, help students advocate for better dietary accommodations, and challenge the Student Government Association to add benches to all shuttle stops. Chu also advocates for inclusion in her academic work. Recently, she presented her capstone research on ageism at California State University, Channel Islands. Additionally, she has been studying the redemptive nature of coming out stories for adults in the LGBTQIA+ community in her work with professor Steve Rouse.
Wesley-Martin Cristan Ervin is a queer, third generation Latinx who graduated with a major in Psychology and a minor in Hispanic studies. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling at CSU Fresno. Born and raised in a Central California farming community, Wesley always knew that the world had more to offer than his small, conservative hometown. While at Pepperdine, he discovered that the world was truly his oyster and decided to live a life of Pride and happiness, to never be afraid or disgraced by who he was and to embrace all life has to offer. He has an intense passion for psychology, books, board games, and food. He is fiercely devoted to his family, his baby brother, his boyfriend, and his pets. Wesley's mission in life is to change the world for LGBTQ kids and their families everywhere and to help build a bigger table...peace, love, and rainbows always!
Salina Miranda Perez is a first-generation college student and second-generation Mexican-American from Camarillo, CA. She transferred from Ventura Community College and started at Pepperdine in Fall 2015. While a student at Pepperdine Salina was an advocate and ally for a variety of communities on Pepperdine's campus. Salina served as President of the Latino Student Association and VP of Finance for Crossroads, the LGBTQ club on campus. She was a recipient of the Vinci and Ellsworth Scholarship, which is awarded to students who have demonstrated their commitment to the betterment of the LGBTQ community. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and a minor in Hispanic Studies. In the midst of taking GEs and major classes, Salina enrolled in Seaver's Teacher Education Program for a Single-Subject Credential in Social Sciences. She completed her teaching credential in Spring 2019. Salina continues to prove her commitment to diversity and inclusion by serving different communities through her vocation as a public-school teacher.