Dean Commends Students for Standing Against Anonymous Bigoted Posts

October 22, 2015  | 1 min read

Dear students,

I was recently made aware of some anonymous comments made on the social media platform Yik Yak. I am deeply saddened by the hateful nature of this dialogue. While we do recognize freedom of speech, we do not condone comments in our community that run counter to our values and heritage. The Pepperdine community is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment. The racist dialogue on YiK Yak is hurtful to individuals we love and value and does not reflect who we are and what we believe.

To those who have been hurt by these posts, I am very sorry that you have experienced them. We care about each one of you and will support you in any way we can. I commend our Seaver Student Government Association and other members of our community who took immediate action to respond—whether to “vote down” these hurtful comments or by convening a thoughtful and reflective discussion among peers. Others have wisely ignored this social media platform that some use for cowardly attacks on others. At Pepperdine, we hold sacred the dignity of all members of our community, and we condemn racism and other forms of bigotry that bring harm and threaten to divide us. May we all follow the example of Christ in treating every member of our community with dignity, love, and respect.

Sincerely,

Mark Davis

Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Student Affairs