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Diversity Council Celebrates Black History Month with Panel on Social Justice, Faith, and the Pepperdine Community

The Diversity Council is hosting "Social Justice, Faith, and the Pepperdine Community" as a part of the committee's biannual Multicultural Issues Impacting Community Speaker Series. The event will be held on February 17 at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in room 203.

GSEP Programs Support Charter High School, Named One of the Top High Schools in the Nation

GSEP is proud to be affiliated with Animo Leadership Charter High School, which ranked 23rd on the list of the best high schools in the United States, as assessed by U.S. News & World Report.

Learning Technologies Student Empowers Class with Mock Government

Phuong Pham, a student in the doctor of education in learning technologies program, believes in learning through doing.

GSEP Awarded $195,000 to Improve Elementary Students' Literacy and Math Skills in Low-Income Los Angeles Schools

Funds provided by the California Community Foundation will support teacher development to raise standard of learning.

Professor Works with Parent Advocacy Group to Steer Students Toward Academic Success

Over the past five years Dr. Anthony Collatos, assistant professor of education, has worked with Parent U-Turn, a nonprofit parent and student advocacy group located in South East Los Angeles.

Faculty Garner Funding for Mental Health Programs, Students Changing Lives by Providing Counseling Services to Homeless and At-Risk Youth in Los Angeles and Orange Counties

In this period of economic uncertainty, fewer funds are in circulation and cuts are being made to vital community resources. Fortunately for Los Angeles and Orange County's homeless, however, several faculty members have been able to demonstrate to sponsors the importance of supporting this especially vulnerable population with counseling services - services that can be provided by GSEP's marriage and family therapy and doctor of psychology students and alumni.

Latino Student Psychological Association Offers Educational and Social Opportunities

In 2005, PsyD students Janice Keener and Gesenia Sloan-Pena envisioned the development of an academic and social resource at the GSEP to connect and support those students interested in working with Latina/o populations. The result was the creation of the Latino Student Psychological Association.

Professor Champions Bilingual Education

Dr. Reyna Garcia Ramos has been actively promoting education programs at national conferences and through the California Association for Bilingual Education.

GOGI and Synergies In Sync Launch Reentry Program to Support Incarcerated Women Returning Home

Getting Out by Going In (GOGI) supporters, participants, and special guest Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca attended the launch of the GOGI Campus Community Coordination Reentry Program, a partnership between GOGI and Synergies in Sync to jointly reduce recidivism.

UPTEC Program Selected as Example of Best Practices in Education

Selected as one of ten best educational practices by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), the Urban Parent Teacher Education Collaborative has been selected to be featured at the LACOE 2009 Annual Program Improvement Symposium.

Education Professor Presents on Academic Anxieties to Literacy Council

Dr. Cara Garcia, professor of education, gave a presentation on academic anxieties at the South Bay Literacy Council on April 4.

GSEP Students and Urban High School Students Attend Screening of Oscar-Nominated Film

Twenty students from Gertz-Ressler High School participating in the Riordan Extreme Leadership Program attended the 15th annual City of Angels Film Festival on February 27 at the Directors Guild Theater in the heart of Hollywood, California.

New Immersion Course in Mexico City Examines Culture from an International Perspective

GSEP is offering a new summer course that will examine culture from an international perspective through an immersion experience in Mexico City.

APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs Appoints GSEP Professor

Associate professor of Psychology Dr. Miguel Gallardo was recently appointed to the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, a section of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

Adjunct Faculty Member Gives National Presentation on Dropout Prevention

Jennifer Kliewer presented at the National Youth At-Risk Conference and at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference.

Alumna Presents Best Practices for Literacy Coaches at Regional, National, and International Conferences

Nicole Simmons, alumna of the doctor of education in organizational leadership program, presented her proposal on best practices for developing Literacy Coaches and their capacity to lead at the California Association of Teachers English conference.

ELAP Alumna Unites Compton Area School and Community

Alumna of the educational leadership administration and policy doctoral program at GSEP and Lincoln-Drew Elementary School principal Kanika White is effectively unifying the community within the Compton Unified School District.

GSEP Chapter of California Association for Bilingual Education Installs New Officers, Participates in Annual Conference, and Plans Upcoming Presentation on Inspiration

The GSEP chapter of the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) installed new officers on January 27.

Assistant Professor of Education Contributing to Academic and Local Communities

Dr. Jeanmarie Hamilton Boone, assistant professor of education, recently presented at two major education conferences.

Urban High School Students Examine Democratic Process at California Republican Convention

Seven Southeast Los Angeles high school students are maximizing this important time in American history by evaluating how leadership from both sides of the aisle uphold the democratic process.

GSEP and Seaver Admissions Partner to Host LAUSD Students at Pepperdine Campus

GSEP and the Seaver Admissions Office recently partnered to provide a group of underserved high school students a fun-filled day at the Malibu campus.

Urban Initiative Leadership and Partners Meet to Discuss Goals for the New Year

On January 27, Urban Initiative leadership and partners will gather to discuss how to expand their collaborations in the year ahead.

EDOL Student Hosts Fundraiser for Luv2Learn Community-Based Organization

Nicole Simmons, a doctoral student in the organizational leadership program and co-founder of the Luv2Learn Center, will host the first annual black-tie fundraiser for the organization on December 23 at the Proud Bird Restaurant. The event will include dinner, a silent auction, game tables, and music.

GSEP and Parent-U-Turn Give Gift Cards to Underprivileged Children for Holiday Shopping

On December 20, representatives from the Urban Parent Teacher Education Collaborative and nonprofit Parent-U-Turn met 20 low-income families at the Toys "R" Us in Bell Gardens, California to provide them with gift cards and an opportunity to shop for the children's favorite toys.

EDTECH Student Gives Keynote Speech at African American Men and Boys Conference

Kai Ajala Dupé, educational technology expert and advocate for the global use of technology, delivered the keynote speech at the 26th African American Men and Boys Conference on December 13. The free event, presented by the African American Men and Boys Harvest Foundation, Inc., was held at Round Rock High School in Austin, Texas.

EDOL Students Coordinate Food Drive to Help Those in Need This Holiday Season

Almost thirty doctoral students in the organizational leadership program contributed to a food drive to benefit the St. Charles Service Center, which provides food, clothing, and other resources to the Latino community in need in North Hollywood and Burbank, California.

Urban Initiative Partner Nominated for the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2008

Karen Earl, executive director of the Jenesse Center, the oldest domestic violence intervention program in south central Los Angeles, was recently nominated for the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2008. Jenesse is a partner of the Urban Initiative.

MAETC Students Dedicate Mural to Elementary School

Four students in the master of arts in education with teaching credential program painted a mural on the Gault Street Elementary School campus in Van Nuys as a thank you to the site for hosting them as student-teachers.

GSEP Students in Riordan Extreme Leadership Program Promote Awareness of Homelessness

On November 15, members of the Riordan Extreme Leadership Program volunteered at the United Way's annual HomeWalk, a 5K event to raise funds for the homeless community in Los Angeles.

EDOC Alumna Authors Study on Cultural Competence in Disaster Planning and Response

Dr. Karyn Trader-Leigh recently authored a report related to disaster planning and cultural competence, in reference to Hurricane Katrina.

Pepperdine Chapter of California Association for Bilingual Education Enjoys a Busy Season

The California Association for Bilingual Education and its Pepperdine University Chapter are actively promoting the development of bilingual educators with several events this season.

Psychology Professor Hall and Students Represent GSEP at Key Los Angeles-Area Conferences

Dr. Susan Hall, along with master's students from the daytime Malibu marriage and family therapy program, will present a poster at the 2008 National Latino Psychological Association convention on November 15.

Nation's Foremost Multiculturalism Expert Examines Story of Diversity in America and its Impact on American Politics in Lecture

Dr. Ronald Takaki provided insight on diversity in America and the 2008 presidential election in a public lecture entitled "America in a Different Mirror: A History for the 21st Century" on October 28 at Pepperdine University.

Psychology Professor Addresses Mental Health Issues in Latino Community

Dr. Tomas Martinez, professor of psychology, shared his expertise on mental health in the Latino community at the 14th Annual Latino Conference sponsored by the Latino Behavioral Health Institute and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Services.

Multicultural Research and Training Lab Conference Addresses Multicultural Issues in Psychology

The GSEP Multicultural Research and Training Lab recently welcomed doctoral students in clinical and counseling psychology to participate in its biennial conference designed to facilitate scholarly dialogue, collaboration, and professional networking among students committed to multicultural issues in psychology.

GSEP and Partners to Celebrate Urban Initiative Inaugural Event October 7

GSEP will celebrate the inauguration of its Urban Initiative on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles.

GSEP Community Celebrates Pepperdine University's 20th Annual Step Forward Day

On August 30, 2008, members of the GSEP community participated in Pepperdine University's 20th Annual Step Forward Day at the Hope Gardens Family Center in Sylmar, California.

Urban Youth Experience Historic Democratic National Convention

A group of 13 urban high school students attended this year's historic Democratic National Convention through the 2008 Youth Empowerment and Research Seminar, coordinated by the Graduate School of Education and Psychology in partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District.

Urban High School Students Critically Examine the Democratic Process at the 2008 Democratic National Convention

A group of 13 Southeast Los Angeles high school students have turned their last few lazy days of summer into the educational opportunity of a lifetime as they participate in the 2008 Youth Empowerment and Research Seminar (YEARS), a two-week course designed to encourage students to become civic participants and critical researchers.

Director Selected to Lead GSEP's Urban Initiative

Rhonda Brinkley-Kennedy, Psy.D., MFT, has accepted the invitation to join GSEP as the Director of the School's Urban Initiative.