»Programs - Diversity & Equity

The goals and content of these programs center around personal dignity, diversity, equity, civility, and global citizenship. Through experience and knowledge gained from Diversity & Equity Initiatives, students will:

  • Engage with one another respectfully and with civility
  • Strengthen their own framework of ethics and values
  • Approach lifelong learning with compassion and open-mindedness
  • Connect with a sense of global  responsibility and unity
  • Build just, caring, and accepting communities

One of the most critical aspects of a student’s college education is being able to live and learn in a welcoming, supportive and safe environment. Chapman focuses on developing and maintaining this valuable facet of student experience through Diversity and Equity Initiatives.

 

Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground »

Breaking Ground reaches out to all types of individuals, inside and outside the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, queer/questioning, intersex, and ally (LGBTQIA) community to spread, develop, support and promote respect and understanding in regard to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. so as counteract the negative attitudes and feelings towards ones’ sexuality.
Next Step

Next Step »

The Next Step Social Justice Retreat, which takes place every year in February, nurtures students’ ambitions for positive change and through activism by developing their participant and facilitator skills and knowledge on all subjects relevant to social justice work, from racism and religious discrimination to identity and relationships.
Social Justice BBQ

Social Justice BBQ

Diversity and Equity Initiatives hosts an annual BBQ in the Fall Semester for all those interested in meeting social justice and sustainability-minded people like themselves for discussion, free food, and prizes!
Other Discussion Groups

Other Discussion Groups

These student groups provide a safe and confidential space to discuss identity in a community of support. Stonewall is for LGBTQI students and those who are questioning their sexual and/or gender identities. Sisterhood Circle is for students who identify as women of color. QPOC is for people who identify as both queer and as people of color. Asterisk is for students who identity as transgender, gender variant, non-gender conforming, or gender questioning.
VOICES

VOICES

VOICES is a program focused on bringing socially conscious local performance artists to Chapman for an evening of entertainment. VOICES takes place 2-3 times each semester and will includes artists like comedian Jenny Yang, and spoken word artist Matt Sedillo performing on the Student Union Stage.
Diversity & Equity Awards & Graduation Reception

Diversity & Equity Awards & Graduation Reception

In collaboration with the University Program Board, this event highlights some of the amazing work that’s done by students, staff and faculty at Chapman who are working toward greater inclusivity, sustainability, and positive local and global social change. Graduating seniors connected to the social justice community are recognized in this celebratory dinner in the spring of each year.