The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) has a history of emphasizing service in the curriculum and promoting leadership in and out of the classroom. To formalize this effort, GSEP has introduced an exciting new master of arts program in social entrepreneurship and change. GSEP has also enhanced three existing programs to cultivate our students’ skills, increase their quality of learning, and create more career opportunities. The launch of our Summer Institutes supplements these program developments and offers educators from across the country the chance to network with Pepperdine’s distinguished faculty, all of whom are experts in their field.
Pepperdine is also acknowledging the importance of service with the Waves of Service initiative. Alumni working to effect change in communities from around the nation and even abroad are highlighted on a dedicated page on the University Web site to honor their accomplishments and inspire others. If you are contributing your knowledge to society, we would like to hear your story as well.
Three prime examples of alumni giving back are spotlighted in this month’s Colleague feature articles. Teaching karate to “kick cancer,” providing at-risk youth with guidance and a chance at a better life through a unique charter school system, and establishing the first mental health clinic of its kind in Kuwait are just three ways our alumni are changing lives across the globe. We hope that you are motivated by these creative efforts, and challenge you to apply your own Pepperdine education to advancing a cause important to you.
Margaret J. Weber, PhD