GSEP Cultural Heritage
The Cultural Heritage Page is an inclusive platform where GSEP recognizes and celebrates
the different cultures, causes, ethnicities, genders, heritage, nationality, races,
and religions of our community. In order to acknowledge these community attributes,
we will regularly identify different cultural heritage celebrations represented each
month and enhance our learning about these celebrations through the use of articles,
videos, and websites.
The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) is an innovative learning community where faculty, staff, and students of diverse cultures and perspectives work collaboratively to foster academic excellence, social purpose, meaningful service, and personal fulfillment.
As a graduate school within a Christian university, GSEP endeavors to educate and motivate students to assume leadership roles in professions that improve and enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
At GSEP we embrace human diversity—which we believe to be the natural expression of God's creation—in our work to advance learning and service. GSEP advances, sustains, and advocates for multicultural proficiency.
The strategies for accomplishing this mission are:
- Promoting discourse that values each member's background, experiences, and perspective
- Recruiting, retaining, and advancing diverse students, staff, and faculty
- Developing curricular models for practice in educational and psychological environments; and reaching out to broader communities to promote understanding and facilitate solutions to diversity challenges
Our spirit, energy, and actions will be an inspiration to education and psychology
Selected from a diverse group of GSEP professionals who were nominated by their friends, family, and peers, discover how these Waves approach the meaning of diversity and the role they play in redefining how it will have an impact on generations to come. To nominate a GSEP member for this community highlight, please visit this form.
Aqlama Language Services
Pepperdine University GSEP & Topp Consulting
Graduate Assistant & Behavior Therapist
Black Music Month & Juneteenth
Nominated By Michelle Letendre
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development - Celebration of Culture and Multilingualism
Dr. Thema Bryant is a licensed psychologist, ordained minister, and sacred artist. Using artistic expression, spirituality, psychology and culture, Dr. Bryant-Davis is an internationally recognized lecturer, performer, and minister.
The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Thema is a podcast to facilitate your journey home to yourself by providing weekly inspiration and health tips. Welcome home!
The National African American Read-In (AARI) is a groundbreaking effort to encourage communities to read together, centering African American books and authors.
It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.
The Black Freedom Struggle is a website focused on Black Freedom, featuring select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history.
The intention is to support a wide range of students, as well as independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it.
A collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration to pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
Join Dr. Miguel Gallardo, Director of the MA in Clinical Psychology MFT with Latinx Communities program, for the Cultural Humility Podcast.
Pepperdine Libraries is pleased to curate book displays throughout the libraries. They complement these displays with virtual bookshelves so their patrons can review the list of books from anywhere in the world. Partnering with the Office of Community Belonging, they're thrilled to share resources on allyship. View the virtual bookshelf here.
"Through the commemoration of this month, we hope to ensure that America is reminded that its greatness lies in its diversity, with Caribbean immigrants from founding father Alexander Hamilton, to journalist Malcolm Gladwell, who have shaped the American dream." Learn more here.
On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. Partnering with the Office of Community Belonging, Pepperdine has set up an in-person book display in Payson Library along with a virtual bookshelf to celebrate the holiday. They have also created a Juneteenth guide for further reading. Learn more here.
People around the world observe Loving Day every year on June 12th in meaningful and personal ways. While all are welcome, it can be especially significant for interracial couples, multiracial families, mixed race and transracially adopted people, and those with similar lived experience. Learn more here.
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