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Diversity and Inclusion at Graziadio

Pepperdine is a Christian University fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our faith cherishes the sacred dignity of every human being and celebrates diversity as a true representation of God's love and creative expression. We endeavor to build a diverse community that fully engages the transformative educational process across expressions of human difference.

Therefore, we strive toward academic excellence and a shared sense of belonging with the understanding that a broad range of diverse perspectives enriches the quality of our learning, scholarship, and leadership.


Racial and Ethnic Diversity By The Numbers


Faculty and Staff

Diversity chart of Graziadio faculty and staff

Last updated: 8/12/2020. All data is Graziadio-specific.


Diversity chart of Graziadio students


Diversity chart of Graziadio board


Voices for Change

The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School Diversity Council (GDC) serves as a catalyst for advancing these core principles among our professional community and promoting a School-wide climate that honors and affirms the Council’s diversity and fosters an inclusive environment for innovation, respect, and equal voices among its members.

Diversity council member at whiteboard

Graziadio Board Diversity Scholarship

At the Summer Meeting of the Graziadio Board, Dean Van Rensburg challenged the Graziadio Board to launch a new scholarship. Led by his own gift, Dean Van Rensburg emphasized to the Board that “diversity wins,” and that our school must match Los Angeles in terms of diversity. Board members responded en masse, creating the Graziadio Board Diversity Scholarship, which supports students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Diverse students attending class on a scholarship



Diversity Initiatives


African american faculty opportunities
The PhD Project

The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School has been a long-standing supporter and sponsor of The PhD Project, which was founded upon the premise that advancements in workplace diversity could be propelled forward by increasing the diversity of business school faculty.

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Presidential Action Advisory Team

Pepperdine President, Jim Gash, has commissioned a Presidential Action Advisory Team to make recommendations on tangible steps that Pepperdine can collectively implement to embody a diverse, loving, and unified community.

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University Diversity Council

The Pepperdine University Diversity Council (UDC) is a University-wide council composed of faculty, staff, and students who join with senior management in a collaborative effort to create strategic plans and goals for diversity.

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Pepperdine's Search for a Chief Diversity Officer

Pepperdine President, Jim Gash, proposed to the Steering Team that a Chief Diversity Officer role be created. The proposal was endorsed unanimously and the University is currently undergoing an extensive search for a Chief Diversity Officer.