»Diversity at Chapman

Smiling StudentsDiversity is rooted in Chapman's heritage, values, and mission. The Disciples of Christ (Christian Church), which founded Chapman, is known for its focus on tolerance. Chapman had a multiracial student body in the 1920s. Today Chapman is building on its heritage by creating a diverse curriculum and community with students from more than 60 countries.

Chapman celebrates and teaches diversity through academic coursework, events, speakers, student clubs, and workshops. Some of the co-curricular programs focused on diversity within Student & Campus Life include the Next Step Social Justice Retreat, Ubuntu Community Dialogue Circle and the Safe Space Program. Some of the student organizations focused on diversity include Black Student Union, Asian Pacific Student Association, Queer Straight Alliance, American Sign Language Club, Chapman Feminists and many more. The university has also proudly hosted speakers such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Elie Wiesel, Dolores Huerta, Elizabeth Martinez, Tim Wise, Paul Rusesabagina and Sylvia Hurtado.

Chapman's diversity initiatives strive to:
·   Build compassion through education about diversity, equity and social justice
·   Foster safety and develop a welcoming environment for all members of our community
·   Promote acceptance, civility and respect for everyone

The university plan recognizes that diversity is a shared responsibility of faculty, staff, students, and administrators.

+-University Statement on Diversity


Chapman University is committed to fostering learning and working environments that encourage and embrace diversity, multiple perspectives, and the free exchange of ideas as important measures to advance educational and social benefits. Our commitment and affirmation are rooted in our traditions of peace and social justice and our mission of producing ethical and responsible global citizens.

The term diversity implies a respect for all and an understanding of individual differences in age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, language, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Commitment to diversity throughout the institution includes enhancing and fostering diversity in its curricula, pedagogy, and research as well as creating a campus climate that attracts and retains diverse faculty, students, and staff and serves as a catalyst for academic excellence in all phases of campus life.

+-Diversity Plan

DIVERSITY PLAN

I. Systemic Efforts

  • Support best practices in diversity in the curriculum in all academic schools/units and programs
  • Continue to incorporate diversity in the curriculum and co-curriculum in annual program reviews and annual planning
  • Increase existing resources (e.g., GE curricular diversity grants) to departments and programs to support pedagogical, curricular and campus diversity

II. Institutional Responsibility

  • Centralize leadership for enhancing diversity in the faculty and academic program with specific administrative leaders: provost, deans, chairs, program directors and appropriate faculty committees
  • Centralize information about campus diversity efforts in the Office of the Provost
    • Assign responsibility to the Office of the Provost to gather and maintain information on diversity initiatives to be reported to the President and faculty annually
    • Share information with the entire campus community

III. Data Collection and Dissemination

  • Continue to collect data on student, faculty and staff diversity as required by federal guidelines
  • Design routine means of disseminating and incorporating that data into strategic planning
  • Regularly compare Chapman’s diversity efforts with those of peer institutions to ensure that Chapman remains competitive in this area 

+-Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee is a standing committee of the Faculty Senate's Community Council with members from the staff, faculty, administration and student body.

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