» Cross-Cultural Center

The Cross-Cultural Center is designed to engage the Chapman Community in learning experiences fostering a campus environment that highly values personal dignity, diversity, equity, civility and global citizenship.

Email Cross-Cultural Center to learn more about programs and reserving meeting spaces.

History of the Cross-Cultural Center

history of ccc

In the spring of 2015, believing that the strategic use of space could contribute to a more inclusive campus climate at Chapman, the Dean of Students Office proposed creating a cross-cultural center in Argyros Forum. The proposal advocated for a space for student organizations to hold meetings and activities, as well for students to gather informally to relax and connect. With the support of President Jim Doti and Chancellor Daniele Struppa, a new home was found for the Career Development Center and work began on redesigning space on the third floor of Argyros Forum. Construction began in November 2016, and Chapman's new Cross-Cultural Center opened on Monday, February 27, 2017.

Mission

picture of posters

The mission of the Cross-Cultural Center has always been about student learning. Specifically, our work is guided by the following Student Affairs Learning Outcome:
A Value and Respect for Differences. Students will learn to recognize, respect, and value diverse experiences, ideas, backgrounds, and identities. Because we aspire for all students to develop this outcome, the Cross-Cultural Center is designed to be used by – and to enhance the development of – all Chapman students. Important elements in their learning process are

• Identity
• Empathy
• Community

We want students to gain greater insights into their own identity, develop a stronger sense of empathy for others' identities, and to use their learning to help create a more positive and inclusive Chapman community. To facilitate this student learning, we design programs and experiences intended to expose all students to diverse ideas and perspectives, affirm the value of our students from underrepresented identities, and support students who are in need of additional help.
We want students to gain greater insights into their own identity, develop a stronger sense of empathy for others' identities, and to use their learning to help create a more positive and inclusive Chapman community. To facilitate this student learning, we design programs and experiences intended to expose all students to diverse ideas and perspectives, affirm the value of our students from underrepresented identities, and support students who are in need of additional help.

Meeting Rooms

picture of tables One of the central features of the Cross-Cultural Center is its four meeting rooms, each of which is equipped with a flat screen television and Apple TV system. Each room has been assigned a theme that highlights an under-represented identity within the Chapman student body. The room themes are recommended by the student members of the Cross-Cultural Center Advisory Board. In addition, each room has been assigned a name representing an attribute associated with that identity. These themes are expected to remain in place for the Center's first two years; after that, 1–2 new themes will be rotated in each year. The inaugural room names and themes are

Perseverance
Asian American theme room
Respect
LGBTQ theme room
Resilience
Latinx theme room
Hope
African American theme room

Advisory Board

picture of two student interacting

While the Cross-Cultural Center is supervised by Student Engagement staff, a Cross-Cultural Center Advisory Board of students, faculty, and staff provides guidance on Center policies, procedures, and resources.

Resources

picture of students in a meeting

The Cross-Cultural Center resource desk will be staffed by students during all hours of operation. The resource desk has magazines, DVDs, brochures, and other cross-cultural resources which are available to all students. The central lounge area is available for informal use by students whenever the Center is open. A counter along the windows on the back wall is designed for students to study, check email, or surf the internet. Finally, the Center also has a small kitchen with a sink and refrigerator.

Programs

Programs Creating a knowledgeable environment of respect and acceptance is a large part of what Cross-Cultural Engagement tries to achieve. Explore the various programming to join in the experience!

Communities

Communities Gain knowledge, experience and become an ally for various communities. Students searching for others with similar interests or backgrounds can use the communities’ section to find a club, organization, or discussion group on campus.

Resources

Resources Resources provides a lineup of helpful links and options for those seeking to learn more information about diversity and equity related issues, as well as offers materials on Chapman’s effort to support diversity and equity goals.

Chapman Cross-Cultural Initiative

Chapman Cross-Cultural Initiative

If you haven’t already seen the “I Am Chapman” exhibit in the Argyros Forum Student Union Gallery, be sure to stop by and check it out throughout the month of September. The exhibit kicks off our new Chapman Cross-Cultural Initiative, whose goal is to provide a series of engaging experiences that expose students to multiple viewpoints on a variety of issues, as well as highlight the many different cultures that comprise the Chapman student community. 

Contact Us

Argyros Forum 304

Phone: (714) 997-6735

Email: crossculturalcenter@chapman.edu


Hours

Monday- Friday 7AM-12AM

Saturday- Sunday 8AM-12AM

Report a Hate Incident