» Cross-Cultural Center

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. 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.

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

History of the Cross-Cultural Center

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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.

Meeting Rooms

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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

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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.

Get Involved

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The Cross-Cultural Center staff facilitates programs, services, and resources geared to helping students explore their own identities and understand others. A variety of programs are offered throughout the year in the Cross-Cultural Center and around campus.

Additionally, the Cross-Cultural Center will offer magazines, DVDs, brochures, and other 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.

Contact Us

Argyros Forum 304

Phone: (714) 997-6735

Email: crossculturalcenter@chapman.edu


Hours

Monday- Friday 7 a.m.-midnight

Saturday- Sunday 8 a.m.-midnight

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