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Many Faces painting by Tehya Braun


Beauty in the Broken

As a young woman preparing to embark on her own path, Tehya Braun, a senior psychology major with a minor in sports medicine and studio art, often wondered what type of mark she would leave on the world. What she never could have imagined were the marks the world would instead make on her.

Sexually assaulted by her varsity high school basketball coach, an experience that, she explains, “tore apart my sense of reality, security, identity, and safety,” Braun felt ashamed and blamed herself. In the time that followed the trial of a once-trusted individual, she developed post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociative amnesia. Her path to healing has taken years of therapy and support from family, friends, and professors, and she has found profound inspiration in Ann Voskamp’s The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life. The book, which centers on the thought that “from brokenness comes abundance,” employs a metaphor of a broken seed.

“If you just focus on [the brokenness], you might think it’s a terrible thing,” Braun says. “But the seed has to be completely broken, wholly undone, for it to create a crop that brings abundance.”

Determined to  nd the abundance from an experience that left her broken, Braun, who comes from a creative family and has been painting since she was a child, had the idea of developing an artistic series for survivors of sexual crime. While she was not quite sure how to begin, Gretchen Batcheller, associate professor of studio art, applied for a grant from the Center for Women in Leadership at Pepperdine on Braun’s behalf. Read the full article

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Pepperdine Magazine - Summer 2018

The Summer 2018 issue of Pepperdine Magazine highlights stories of students and alumni who have successfully confronted and overcome the greatest of life’s challenges. Hawaiian native Cayla Moore embarked upon the unknown waters of Malibu to attend Pepperdine’s business degree program and in the process became a national surfing champion; after surviving a shooting spree as a young child, Graduate School of Education and Psychology student Josh Stepakoff discovered new and affective methods for achieving healing and recovery; School of Law alumna Rebecca Harkness (JD ’07) pursues a life of purpose dedicated to the welfare of the most vulnerable members of society in children’s court; and Seaver College senior Teyha Braun applies her painting skills to help herself and others heal from the traumatic aftermath of sexual assault.

Law Magazine - Fall, 2014

Highlights include a look inside the Parris Institute for Professional Formation; a 30-year legacy left behind by retiring professor Janet Kerr; and celebrating a 10-year milestone for the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Colleague - Spring/Summer 2014

This issue features topics such as the significance of adult friendships; bringing clean water to villages in Zambia; and how a past life in the aerospace industry translated to a career in academics.