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“All of Our Colors” Exhibit Open to Public

"This fall, student artist Gabi Abrahamson is showcasing her thought-provoking work to the community through her exhibit, “All of Our Colors.” The exhibit includes strings of paper dolls that were displayed earlier this year, as well as student writings in addition to a series of her own reflective illustrations."

Reports of cyber-bullying prompt an outpouring of love for Leslie Jones

"As a former basketball player at Chapman University, Saturday Night Live actress Leslie Jones (Class of ’89) knows all about the rough and tumble of competitive sports. But nothing could have prepared her for the viciousness she faced just for starring in the female-cast reboot of the classic comedy Ghostbusters."

Library “External Peace” Exhibit Opens

"The Leatherby Libraries is proud to host “External Peace”, a new art exhibit featuring artwork by refugees."

Apply To The International Documentary Scholarship Program

"Interested in traveling around the world making documentaries on a full scholarship in 2017? Join us for the International Documentary Scholarship Program (formerly Destination: Africa)"

The Art Collections Department at Chapman University joins the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA collaboration

"Chapman University’s project explores our campus’ own connection to Chicano history in Orange County. In 2014, Chapman University partnered with the Orange Barrio Historical Society and local artist Higgy Vasquez to restore a 34-year-old mural, El Proletariado de Aztlán , on the exterior of a former apartment complex adjacent to the university."

Fear of Muslims in American Society

"Roughly 1% of the U.S. adult population are Muslims. The political and social scrutiny focused on this small group has led to major political figures advocating discriminatory practices based on religion alone. In Wave 3 of the Chapman University Survey of American Fears, we explored how Americans as a whole view Muslims."

Library Display Celebrates Dyslexia Awareness Month

"With October being Dyslexia Awareness Month, the Leatherby Libraries has put together a display case in the lobby as well as honors the 2nd Annual Dyslexia Summit, “Cognitive Diversity Conference: Embracing Difference” occurring later this month."

Community Voices Documentary Workshop – Now Accepting Applications

"Want to get $5000 to make a documentary film about a meaningful topic? Check out Community Voices, and spend this Spring making social issue documentary films that change the world."

Veterans, families and elderly find help and advice at Chapman legal centers

"Members of the military who lost homes to foreclosure while deployed. A grandmother confined to the bedroom of her own house by a drug-using relative. A veteran ravaged by post-traumatic stress syndrome denied benefits after receiving a dishonorable discharge.

These are some of the sorts of cases handled pro bono, or free of charge, for local residents and others by Chapman University’s Military and Veterans’ Law Institute and the Alona Cortese Elder Law Center, two of more than a half-dozen institutes and clinics that offer assistance from staff lawyers and law students at the Fowler School of Law to those unable to afford the legal help they need."

Capital Growth

"A D.C. internship expands the horizons of Environmental Science and Policy student Leah Thomas ’17 as she does the same for young visitors."

Chapman University forges ties with local Muslim community

"Chapman University’s Fish Interfaith Center and Leatherby Libraries are partnering in an initiative to forge closer ties with Orange County’s Muslim and Muslim-American communities — and the first evidence of that nascent partnership was on display at a recent luncheon of the Minaret Business Organization (MBO) held at the Interfaith Center."

Team of Chapman staff ready to offer Stop the Hate workshops on campus

"The program is called Stop the Hate, an initiative of the national nonprofit organization Campus Pride. It equips campuses with anti-hate educational resources and tools to help them prevent hate crime and bias incidents. A team of Chapman staff people became certified Stop the Hate trainers through a three-day series of seminars and now in turn is offering workshops on campus."

Struppa to be honored at Padres Unidos event, August 13

"Padres Unidos — the grassroots Santa Ana-based nonprofit organization dedicated to serving low-income Hispanic families in Orange County through a variety of child, youth and family services – will honor Chapman Chancellor and President-Designate Daniele Struppa, Ph.D., with their Community Partner Award at a “Celebrating Our Partners” fiesta and luncheon on August 13." 

Chapman professor attends White House conference on military children

"Sometimes seemingly small things can make a big difference in the school lives of children of military families, says Kris De Pedro, Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Educational Studies. Think friendship gardens and regular guest speakers from the local military base.

Those were just a couple of the myriad topics De Pedro brought to the conversation as a participant in the Operation Educate the Educators conference, an event organized by the White House’s Joining Forces initiative launched in 2011 by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden."

A Culture of Inclusion

"To welcome more of the underrepresented, Chapman must change the realities that drive perceptions. The Diversity Project takes up that challenge."

Exhibit Celebrates the Color and Vivacity of Female Mariachis

"On Sunday, May 29, 2016, the Chapman community not only praised the festivities of the Musco World Cafe, “The Heartbeat of Mexico,” it also symbolized the opening of a brand new exhibit in the Leatherby Libraries. Located on the first and second floors of the library, ¡Viva el Mariachi Femenil!  is presented by the Mariachi Women’s Foundation and depicts the history of women in mariachi music from 1903 to 2016."

Tour of historical spots helps Mendez education efforts

"Sandra Robbie couldn't believe it took her so long to learn about Mendez vs. Westminster.

She grew up in a Mexican American family in Westminster in the 1960s and 1970s, but never heard about the landmark case that not only ended school segregation in her hometown but also laid the groundwork for desegregation across the United States.

It was only in 1997, when the Mendez School in Santa Ana was being built, that she learned the story."

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Women in Focus conference examines issues of gender equity in film industry

"Seventeen years ago Dodge launched Women in Focus, an annual conference that features accomplished women in the industry sharing insider tips and advice with the next generation of Hollywood’s movers and shakers."

Celebrating Pride Month at the Leatherby Libraries

"Highlighting novels that cover the LGBTQ community and decorated with flags for the different communities, the new display honors the community at Chapman." 

Professor Kris De Pedro to Present at The White House

"Dr. Kris De Pedro, Assistant Professor in the College of Educational Studies, will visit the White House on April 13, 2016, to share his research about Educational Reform.  Dr. De Pedro is part of a group of educational researchers who are dedicated to making schools safe and inclusive spaces for children experiencing tremendous trauma related to war and violence."

From Boots to Books: A Chapman student veteran's story

"A story by Chapman University student veteran, Lara McKinley"

Chapman unveils Centro Comunitario de Educación in Santa Ana

"Chapman University launched a new era of community education, outreach and service with the official opening of a new education center in downtown Santa Ana."

One family's forgotten World War II letters find a new home in Chapman's historical archive

"In addition to founding a volunteer war letters preservation effort through the Legacy Project, Andrew Carroll joined Chapman three years ago as a Chancellor’s Fellow. His play, If All the Sky Were Paper, draws from many of those letters. Under the direction of John B. Benitz, associate professor and co-chair of the Department of Theatre, the award-winning play has been staged at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre in Washington, D.C."

10th Annual Diversity Week Highlights Fowler Law’s Ongoing Commitment to Diversity

Law School Program Promotes Diversity and Inclusiveness

Annual Diversity Day Shows the Benefits of Higher Education to Local Middle and High School Students

"Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law hosted its annual Diversity Day on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Organized by the Office of Admission in conjunction with the Minority Law Students Association, the event was an inspiring and thought-provoking opportunity to shed light on diversity in the legal profession, illuminating the path to success for hundreds of Orange County’s future leaders."

Roots of local Latino history celebrated in special city display at Leatherby Libraries

"The exhibit will continue through April 15. It is located in the display area near the entrance of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives on the fourth floor of Leatherby Libraries and can be viewed during regular library hours."

Academy Pres. and faculty member Cheryl Boone Isaacs talks about diversity

"Life has been especially busy these past weeks for Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and a faculty member at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. She’s been at the helm as the Academy responds to the controversy shadowing it since the 2016 Oscar nominations were announced, a list with scant recognition for people of color in its top categories."

Fowler Law Alumnus Gives Back with Offer to Pay College Tuition for 26 Local Kids

Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law alumnus Marty Burbank (LL.M. ’08) recently offered to pay the tuition of 26 Anaheim kindergartners at Rio Vista Elementary.

Holocaust Art and Writing contest garners international entries

Winners and finalists to be announced Friday March 4

Disability Studies: An interview with Dr. Phil Ferguson

An interview of Dr. Phil Ferguson conducted by the Thomas Policy Institute.

Emily Carman Explores The Role of Women in Hollywood in New Book

"'Independent Stardom truly began as my dissertation,' said Carman. 'The journey for turning my dissertation into a book began in summer of 2009, so it took six years to bring the book to publication.' Carman included every women she could find that was a freelance A-list actresses in 1930s Hollywood. She followed all the paper trails that were available, whether from motion picture documents archives or special collections libraries."

Talking about TEDx

"Essraa Nawar (M.A. ’15) takes her diversity message to the international stage at TEDxTUM. 'I love TED, so it was just a dream,' she says. More importantly to the woman who often adds the hashtag #ChangeTheNarrative to her social media, was the opportunity to further her message. 'I want to change the narrative of how people see Muslim women specifically and Muslim people in general,' she says. 'I want to keep doing that until people really get the message.'

Preserving History Through Letters: Center for American War Letters on NPR

"The director of Chapman University’s Center for American War Letters, Andrew Carroll, was recently featured on “Where We Live,” a radio show from the Connecticut public radio station WNPR. Carroll’s interview was part of a larger segment focusing on letter writing in general, the history of letters and the practice of letter writing in contemporary culture. He described several of the powerful letters in the CAWL collection, including an over 50-page letter from a sailor at Pearl Harbor that describes the attack in real-time."

Collegiate dreams become on-campus reality

"'It was super scary,' said Vargas, 20, now a junior at Chapman University in Orange County. 'When my mom calls and I try to tell her what I’m going through, it’s really, really hard to explain.' Her family didn’t have any idea about things such as tough classes, dorm living, Greek life and her recent role as a resident-assistant overseeing a floor full of freshmen."

Student researchers find some good news for women playwrights

"You probably don’t want to summon the trumpets just yet. Still, this bit of research news from Chapman University students is worth noting. Women playwrights are seeing more of their work produced in major theatres across the United States, according to the findings of students in the class Women Playwrights, a Freshman Foundations Course."

The College of Educational Studies says Goodbye to the Fergusons!

"Phil and Dianne have pursued for more than three decades their interest in the field of disability studies. Focusing much of their research on family/professional interactions and support policy, social policy and the history of disability, each have contributed to the success of the Ph.D. in Education program and the mission of the College of Educational Studies. Each have published extensively and are known as leaders in their discipline."

Community Voices Continues to Bring Social Issues To Light

"After seeing Community Voices the last few years, I was surprised to see new organizations this year, showing that there is no shortage of social issues in the Orange County area. Thanks to programs like Community Voices, the public is made aware of these places they can go if the issues pertain to them."

Chapman Students Travel to Busan

"'Being in Busan for a week, and being immersed in its culture and activities as foreigners, gives our students opportunities to see themselves from other points of view and to reflect upon Hollywood films as well as themselves from a distance,” says Dr. Lee. “These trips allow them to understand ‘other’ cinemas, cultures and people, to see different ways of storytelling and the cultural context they emerged from.'"

Global Education Rankings Increase

"The Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange , released November 16 by the Institute of International Education (IIE), highlights that five percent more American students – a total of 304,467 – studied abroad for academic credit from their U.S. colleges and universities in 2013/14 as compared with the prior year. While study abroad by American students has more than tripled in the last two decades, still only about 10% of U.S. students study abroad before graduating from college. According to the Open Doors Report, participation rate at Chapman is higher: 46% of undergraduate Chapman students participate in an international program before graduating, ranking #20 compared to other Master’s Institutions and #110 compared to all reporting 928 institutions. "

‘Warrior Teacher’ Jonathan Johnson ’10 Leads a Revolution in Urban Education

"Jonathan Maurice Johnson ’10 asks the class to read his two-page introduction to Rooted called “It’s Our Turn.” It offers some backstory on their new teacher, explaining that many days during his childhood he and his sisters got by on peanut butter sandwiches and cereal because that’s all his family could afford, and how he bucked the statistics that said there was about a 10 percent chance he would even attend college, let alone graduate."

Chapman Queer Pages Launches

"Queer Pages came as a recommendation out of research done by the Advisory Group on the Status of LGBTQ Communities last year. This webpage is intended to centralize the existing resources for students at Chapman who are a part of the queer community."

Chapman University Promotes Diversity with Screening of 'Legacy of Heart Mountain'

"Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa, Chapman University assistant professor of sociology, was the moderator and coordinator for the event, which she felt was a wonderful opportunity for Chapman. “To have the ‘Legacy of Heart Mountain’ filmmakers David Ono and Jeff MacIntyre and subjects Toshi Ito and Patti Hirahara, who were featured in the film, present is invaluable for our students and community. For Chapman, to have Ito, an alumna, tell her story about the incarceration and come to campus after 69 years was an amazing opportunity!” she said."

Collaborating on a Conference for Santa Ana Youth

By Justin Koppelman

"In late September, the Librería Martinez de Chapman University (LMdeCU) Teen Mentoring Program added a new element to its role in supporting high school youth in Santa Ana. In partnership with theOrange County Congregation Community Organization, the LMdeCU Mentoring Program worked with nine mentees from Santa Ana High School during the summer to plan and implement a student-led conference focusing on issues that mattered to them. The students zeroed in on school climate, leadership, and Restorative Justice as avenues to increase students’ confidence and positively impact their school community."

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education selects Kimberly White-Smith as Committee Member

"Associate Dean of College of Educational Studies, Kimberly White Smith was nominated and selected as a member of American  Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Meetings and Professional Development Committee."

Interfaith group honors Dean Stearns for advancing diversity and inclusion

By Dawn Bonker

"Your ability to bring diverse groups together to foster interfaith dialogue and understanding, as well as your desire to encourage all as they shape their own spiritual journeys is well known. Your passion for your work, your enthusiasm in your teaching and your ability to create memorable interfaith experiences for all in Orange County is one of the reasons the committee chose you as one of this year’s recipients,” Nguyen wrote in a letter to Stearns announcing the award."

Professor Marisa Cianciarulo Publishes Article in Chapman Law Review

"Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law Professor Marisa Cianciarulo published an article entitled “Seventeen Years Since the Sunset: The Expiration of 245 (i) and its Effect On U.S. Citizens Married to Undocumented Immigrants” in Fowler School of Law’s Chapman Law Review (Volume 18, Number 2)."

Chapman alum makes a film without borders

By Jonathan Winslow

"'With this film, I wanted to put a face to the different types of immigration stories that there are, and the different types of people that are immigrants.'

Gutierrez explains that beyond the misconceptions and stereotypes, immigrants are just the same as anybody else. By using their common humanity to get everyone on the same page, it becomes easier to explore the situations that immigrants find themselves in."

Struppa: International students help Chapman become a microcosm

"When speaking with our new international students, I reminisced, almost with incredulity, on the path I took, from being a rather poor teaching assistant, to now having a leadership position in one of the best universities in the country. As I reflected on this, I could not avoid impressing on these young students the welcoming nature of the American spirit. As someone who has lived for extended periods of his life in other countries, I can attest to the unique nature of what America offers to the newcomers."

Chapman Alumni Addison Vincent: Spirit Halloween Chain Faces Outcry Over Plans For Caitlyn Jenner Costume

By Clare O'Connor

"Equality activist Addison Vincent has launched a petition calling on Spirit Halloween to halt production of its costume at a time when trans and gender nonconforming people are being murdered at an historically high rate. “Making fun of one or all of us is utterly insensitive and deplorable,” wrote Vincent in a letter to the company posted online on Monday and already boasting more than half of the 5,000 signatures needed to reach its goal.'"

NYC journalist and “Controlled” author Neesha Arter speaks out about sexual assault, her career

By Tristen Phipps

"I was in college in California at Chapman University, a freshman, and I had written an essay about it after my first semester and it was something that I had never thought about. I just wrote about it and then I was talking to a professor and I said, “I really want to write a book about this but I don’t think I’m ready.” And then I had someone in my life that was really inspirational to me and he just really believed in me and I told him about this book and this experience and he really encouraged it."

Vigil for 11 Trans Women at Chapman University in OC

By Karen Ocamb

"Two decades ago, Orange County was considered a hot bed and breeding ground for anti-LGBT right wing religious conservatism. But apparently, love-based spirituality, compassion and acceptance have nudged aside hatred and intolerance—at least at Chapman University in Orange where tonight there will be a vigil for the 11 transgender women murdered in this country since last January. The last woman murdered—KC Haggard—was a 1977 Chapman graduate."

Chapman University publishes research on friendship

"The role of friendship for gay men, lesbians, and especially bisexual men and women (collectively known as GLB) has been understudied," said David Frederick, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Chapman University. "To our knowledge, this is the first national study to provide comprehensive comparisons of the same-gender and cross-gender friendship networks of GLB men and women."

Peace professor wins ASA book award

"Lisa Leitz, assistant professor in Chapman’s Peace Studies Program, was recently awarded the 2014 Book Award for her book, “Fighting for Peace: Veterans and Military Families in the Anti-Iraq War Movement,” by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Peace, War, and Social Conflict."

Male Nipple Template to Free The Nipple and Micol Hebron go viral

By Brittany Hanson

"Associate professor of art Micol Hebron is the creator of the “Internet Acceptable Male Nipple Template,”  and has been crusading for  topless equality. The effort gained its viral traction earlier this summer after Hyperallergenic.com posted a guide to social media double standards about nipple representation, featuring Hebron’s template."

25 years later, there's still work to be done on Americans with Disabilities Act

By Art Blaser

"Advocates for the disabled say even after 25 years, some government buildings, schools, restaurants and hotels remain difficult to access. Lawsuits remain an essential tool for achieving change when business or property owners are hostile toward compliance."

Laura Scudder Scholarship Winner Is …

"Congrats to Lily Yasuda (’18) (Screenwriting Major and Women’s Studies Minor) for being awarded the 2015-2016 Laura Scudder Scholarship!"

LGBTQ Issues in Education

By Kris DePedro

"Learning about critical concepts such as gender identity and expression extend beyond personal knowledge to the creation of inclusive schools and universities. Courses like these promote inclusion in schools and universities, for students like Dani. High schools throughout the country have Gay-Straight Alliances."

New plaque in downtown drugstore honors little-known Revolutionary War hero

By Mary Cole McCauley

"Carroll runs the Center for American War Letters for Chapman University in Orange, Calif. But in his spare time, he crisscrosses the country looking for historic sites that have been overlooked or forgotten, and then puts up a plaque commemorating these often intriguing, largely untold stories.

Orange High and Chapman University strengthen partnership

“We’re being good neighbors, both of us. They are being good neighbors to come visit us. We are being good neighbors to go visit them. We want to be that kind of neighborhood, where we help each other,” said Jan Osborn, an assistant professor at Chapman and the director of the literacies partnership. “It’s really important to have these young people on our campus. They bring great gifts to our university, and we can give them gifts as well.”

Generations gather at Chapman to remember Holocaust

By Brittany Hanson

"After 70 years, rather than forget the horrors of the Holocaust, survivors and new generations are fighting to remember some of darkest times in modern history, so that they might not be repeated. That was the inspiration behind Chapman University’s annual event Thursday, “An Evening of Holocaust Remembrance.” The gathering celebrated the lives of the living and recalled the stories of the dead, bringing Jewish survivors together with young students to become keepers of memories."

We can all play a role in making immigration work

By Daniele Struppa 

"I am just a mathematician who cannot offer insightful words in the legal, economical, social and political issues that surround immigration – but as a human being I share the despair of seeing a human tragedy turned into a political game."

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