The summer 2020 issue of Pepperdine Magazine demonstrates the University’s commitment to academic continuity, health, and safety while partnering with external institutions to gain a deeper understanding of the coronavirus pandemic and its inevitable social impact. When the COVID-19 outbreak unexpectedly shifted the nation’s classrooms from traditional to digital, Pepperdine students successfully completed their studies from home; Pepperdine’s 15-member Emergency Operations Committee strategically collaborated with medical professionals and infectious disease experts to maintain the safety of Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff; and Grace Lank ('20), who recently joined the research group of NIAID director Anthony Fauci, partnered with Jay Brewster, divisional dean of the Natural Science Division at Seaver College, to explain the design and benefits of synthetic mRNA vaccines.


Selected from nearly 500 nominations of alumnae from across the Pepperdine community, these 32 outstanding women in leadership understand the power that confidence has on their journeys to success
Pepperdine scholars and alumnae reveal how stories told by women, about women, validate both women’s experiences and their authority in their respective fields
In the competitive world of college sports, Pepperdine’s thoughtfully developed resources support the unique challenges faced by student-athletes


Meet the six familiar figures that make NSO a memorable experience for the more than 800 incoming students and their family members at the beginning of each academic year.


With the popularity of work-from-home jobs continually on the rise, virtual leaders explore new ways to invest in remote employees
Four alumni share their experiences in Pepperdine’s Theatre Arts program and how they laid the foundation for thriving careers in the performing arts
A Graziadio alumnus changes the world by launching time into space
In her new role as Montana’s poet laureate, a social justice advocate harnesses the power of the written word to expand Native American education in her home state

Campus Notes

Explore fun facts about Pepperdine University.

Inside Voices

“One of the most powerful experiences of transformation is being seen and heard.”

The Cut

Seven innovative and influential members of the Pepperdine community share their valuable insights about the wisdom they’ve gained throughout their leadership journeys.


"The world needs more Pepperdine in it. Our mandate? Our unique gift to the world? . . . is our students.” —President Jim Gash

Editor’s Letter

What words come to mind when pondering women in leadership? To reduce a woman’s contributions to the world to a handful of impact words would limit the tapestry of dynamic skills, talents, and abilities that women have been endowed with.