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Diversity and Inclusion

At Pepperdine Caruso Law, our community is rich in political, racial, and spiritual diversity which has formed a strong culture of connection among our students, faculty, and staff. Led by our faith-based values, we believe that each person’s voice and convictions enhance our community.

We are committed to being a place where all belong. 

Resources for the Pepperdine community: articles, books, movies, and more. New materials added often.



Diversity Council

The Diversity Council is a school-wide group composed of faculty and staff who join with senior management in a collaborative effort to create strategic plans and goals for diversity in alignment with our Christian mission and vision. This involves implementing programs like implicit bias training, the Dean's Speaker Series, open conversations, academic panels, and more, that increase and enhance student, faculty, and staff diversity at all levels of Caruso Law.


Chalak Richards

Chalak Richards

Assistant Dean of Student Life, Diversity, and Belonging

Established in early 2020, the office of the assistant dean of student life, diversity, and belonging has three overarching goals: to create a community where all are welcomed and recognize they belong, to care for the well-being of each individual student, and to oversee the full student life experience.

  • Develops programs to create a community that values and celebrates diversity and works on strategic initiatives and policies that strengthen diversity at all levels - student, faculty, and staff.
  • Cares for each student by coordinating faculty, peer, and alumni mentorship and by providing mental health and spiritual life support.
  • Oversees student life events and student clubs toward ensuring that students have rich and meaningful community experiences.

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Jeffrey Baker

Director of Clinical Education
Diversity Officer

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Nicole Serleto Chavez

Director of Admissions, Student Information & Services
Diversity Officer

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Tanya Asim Cooper

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
Director Restoration and Justice Clinic
Diversity Officer

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Naomi Goodno

Dean of Students
Diversity Officer

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Aparna Gupta

Associate Director, Professional Development and External Relations
Diversity Officer

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Berenice Hernandez

Financial Assistance Administrator
Diversity Officer

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Marcelo Rosadilla

Associate Director, Straus Institute
Diversity Officer

Sukhsimranjit Singh

Sukhsimranjit Singh

Managing Director and Assistant Professor of Law and Practice
Diversity Officer

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Ahmed Taha

Professor of Law
Diversity Officer

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Tiffany Williams

Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing
Diversity Officer



  • Asylum & Refugee Law
  • California Family Law Practice
  • Community Justice Clinic
  • Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law Seminar
  • Cross Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute Resolution and Relgion
  • Divorce & Family Mediation
  • Domestic Violence Seminar
  • Employment Law Practicum
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Faith Based Diplomacy & Intl. Peacemaking
  • Faith and Family Mediation
  • Fair Employment and Housing Mediation Clinic
  • Health Law Practicum
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration Law
  • Immigration Law Practicum
  • Jewish Law
  • Juvenile Rights
  • Law and Religion Seminar
  • Legal Aid Clinic
  • Low Income Taxpayers' Clinic
  • Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic
  • Police Practices
  • Restoration and Justice Clinic
  • Veterans' Law Practicum - Los Angeles/ Ventura
  • War Crimes



Alumni Spotlights

Judge Dwayne Moring addresses students in auditorium

"It shouldn't take an African-American attorney to represent an African-American client – everyone should be aware of the needs of any given gender or ethnicity."


First Generation Students

Pepperdine Caruso Law is excited to support students who are the first in their family to graduate from college. Through our "First Gen" initiatives, we strive to foster a community that establishes mentors, creates opportunities, and opens dialogue about what it means to be a First Gen law student.

Contact Us

Alexis Joyce
Associate Director of Career Development
Chair of First Generation Initiatives
Diversity Officer

Nathalie surrounded by family at her graduation on alumni park

I became the person I am today because of Pepperdine – how to be an attorney who has a sense of empathy and compassion in this world – we all gravitated naturally towards this attitude.

Nathalie Adourian

(JD '10)



Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law is committed to providing the resources and training to educate our community on issues of bias and racism, within our society and the legal system.

Student Groups

At Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, organizations give students the opportunity to explore varied interests. These organizations are primarily student run, and events are as varied as social gatherings, guest speakers, fundraising drives, and service opportunities.