The Cross-Cultural Center is designed to be used by – and to enhance the development of – all Chapman students in order to gain greater insights into their own identity, develop a stronger sense of empathy for others' identities, and use their learning to help create a more positive and inclusive Chapman community. To facilitate this student development, we design programs and services intended to expose all students to diverse ideas and perspectives, affirm the value of our students from underrepresented identities, and support students in their pursuit of self-authorship.
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 and for students to gather informally to relax and build community. With the support of then President Jim Doti and Chancellor Daniele Struppa, a new home was found for Career and Professional Development 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.