Letter from the Dean

Dean WeberThrough the years, we have heard countless students share how their time at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology has been transformational. In this issue we explored the stories of two alumnae who have
not only seen great personal growth but have impacted the lives of many through their commitment to their communities.

Kanika White (EdD ’08) was one of the youngest principals in the Compton Unified School District (CUSD). Raised in the foster care system, White went on to excel in education and has spent the past 15 years working to improve education in the CUSD. She is still one of only seven in the district with her doctorate.

Betty Uribe (EdD ’12) came to the United States with hardly any possessions. She
watched her mother work long hours and it motivated her to push for a life that
would allow her to support her family. Today she is making a difference in her
community as the vice president of business and personal banking with California
Bank and Trust and as the executive director of her own nonprofit, Hispanic
Outreach Taskforce.

At Pepperdine we do more than just confer degrees. We want our alumni to
combine their life experience with the connections they make here to improve
our local and global communities. It is our privilege to play a role in our students’
personal and professional journeys and we look forward to hearing more stories
about lives changed.

Margaret J. Weber, PhD

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