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.
“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