Chapman's Breaking Ground Program
Chapman's Breaking Ground Program

»Chapman's Breaking Ground Program

Breaking Ground: Diversity Trainings consists of multiple trainings which continue to grow and develop along with the program itself.

Breaking Ground is a multifaceted program established to provide students a resource for diversity and equity training on campus. Breaking Ground began as the Safe Space program, intended to spread information about LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and all underrepresented sexual, gender, and/or romantic identities) issues and to help members of the Chapman community become identified allies on campus.

The program has since expanded to include trainings on the topics of disability, inclusive language, race, and class, with more topics to come. These trainings are essential to providing students a resource to become better agents of change through proactive education.

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 “One of the main ways humans learn is through interaction and discussion with diverse peoples. Also, one of the everyday humans main goals is to feel heard and accepted by their community. Breaking Ground promotes a dialogue about issues that may go unheard or unseen in daily life at Chapman. By opening up a dialogue, we create awareness and education about everyday realities that may affect us in ways in which we've never consciously thought.” –Rachel Chernick ‘14

+-Safe Space

The Breaking Ground: Safe Space training is an educational intervention designed to support all members of the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and all underrepresented sexual, gender, and/or romantic identities) campus community. The training will assist individuals who wish to become identified allies on campus in exploring and increasing their own awareness and knowledge of the LGBTQIA community and its history. Trainees will receive information on relevant definitions, terms, symbols, and experiences from LGBTQIA students about campus climate, identity development, ways to be a visible ally, and resources for the LGBTQIA and ally communities. This training session impacts Chapman University both environmentally and culturally through its commitment to creating a welcoming environment for all LGBTQIA community members.

+-Words Have Power

The Breaking Ground: Words Have Power training focuses on language as an essential tool for inclusion and equality. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of people-first and coded language, and will develop an awareness of non-inclusive language that negatively affects members of the Chapman community. Inclusive language will be explored in relation to federally protected and/or underrepresented identities on campus—including race, ethnicity, gender, citizenship, disability status, etc. In addition, participants will learn about Hate Incident and Hate Crime protocol. By the end of this training, individuals will have the knowledge to speak inclusively and to actively advocate for communities or identities often targeted by non-inclusive language. 

+-Chapman Demographics

The Breaking Ground: Chapman Demographics training provides a review of Chapman University’s student body demographics with a primary focus on the undergraduate population, giving up-to-date insight into the representation of various identities and communities within the larger Chapman community. Following the framework of federally protected identities in Chapman’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy, the training will address the demographics of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, citizenship, disability status, veteran status, and more. Other topics include financial aid, the Greek Life community, and first generation students. Through this interactive training, individuals will expand their awareness of the diverse populations at Chapman and will begin to develop skills to fully serve and advocate for those communities. 

+-Disability Awareness

The Breaking Ground: Disability Awareness training introduces individuals to the topic of disability awareness, focusing on the variety of disabilities represented at Chapman as well as on the national level. Individuals will gain insight into the nuances of what it can mean to live with a disability, supplemented by voices from the Chapman community. The session will include a brief introduction to the disability rights movement and the concept of ableism. In addition, trainees will develop proficient advocacy knowledge and skills, including but not limited to definitions, terms, people-first language, Disability Services resources, and campus accessibility ins-and-outs.

+-Facilitation 101

The Breaking Ground: Facilitation 101 training provides trainees the skills needed to be a successful Breaking Ground trainer. Group development and group relations are examined in order to provide support for different situations that can arise during facilitation. In addition, non-verbal, conscious, and unconscious behaviors are explored to provide an insight into group relations. 

+-Facing Race

The Breaking Ground: Facing Race training is an educational intervention program where participants will be introduced to concepts revolving around race, including racism and white privilege. Students will develop an awareness of the manner in which race affects our society today as well as the Chapman community. Participants will learn the definition of race, as well as different forms of oppression. Furthermore, we will explore the demographics of the student body and faculty here at Chapman University based on race. In addition participants will learn about Hate Incident and Hate Crime protocol. By the end of this training, individuals will have the knowledge of how to become a better ally and how to actively advocate for different identities.

+-Confronting Class

Breaking Ground: Confronting Class serves as a safe environment to discussing basic concepts of class and classism. The presentation increases awareness and understanding of individual, institutional, and cultural manifestations of classism as well as to understand the experiences of people from other class backgrounds. In this training, students will learn about stereotypes and societal impacts of classism as well as the effects in Chapman's campus climate. By the end of this presentation, Participants will be able to identify ways of taking action against classism in everyday life and how to improve Chapman's campus by becoming an ally.

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