This issue of Pepperdine Magazine showcases the exemplary efforts of champions who provide a voice for some of society’s most vulnerable communities. GSEP professor Adel Najdowski and her students apply scientifically-proven training techniques to coach individuals diagnosed with autism; US Foreign Service officers Benjamin Kauffeld (’92) and Leah Pease (MPP ’01) travel nonstop to promote global outreach; and Caleb Scott ('17) plans to fulfill a three-year commitment to provide humanitarian aid distribution to families overseas.


A pioneer in behavioral therapy spearheads a new psychology program focused on treating autism spectrum disorders.
As the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution celebrates 30 years, Pepperdine Magazine reflects on the principles and players that have led to its indomitable track record.
Two alumni travel around the globe to spread Pepperdine’s mission of purpose, service, and leadership as Foreign Service officers.
In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Seaver College students learn from one of the best in the history of Major League Baseball.


At the 2017 Loqui: A Celebration of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, the Dance in Flight troupe expresses the feelings of darkness, determination, and liberation associated with the American social justice movements throughout history.


A double alumnus is selected by the mayor of Los Angeles to bridge the gap between business and government.
After serving in ministry for 25 years in 20 countries, a spiritual director hones in on a life-changing approach to self-reflection.
An international refugee crisis inspires undergraduate Caleb Scott ('17) to a professional calling.
Seaver journalism students present social issues in new ways to promote positive community outreach.
Following a long and decorated career, a WNBA champion and Olympian takes the reins of Waves women’s basketball.
Golfer Sahith Theegala shines at the college level—and beyond.
An unexpected introduction to global flavors sets up a volleyball player with an international culinary career.
A group of Seaver students unite as alumni to elevate the level of praise and worship throughout Los Angeles.

Inside Voices

Waves have a tradition of always pulling for other Waves. They know that others have gone before them.

The Cut

GSBM professor Darren Good (MA '02) shares tips from his research in workplace mindfulness.

Editor’s Letter

Champion. An advocate and a defender. A warrior. A winner.