» Diversity Infusion Project at Chapman University

+ - History

The Diversity Infusion Project began in Fall 2014 with a small group of faculty interested in exploring ways that issues of diversity could be woven into the curriculum in the courses they teach. The group began, with the support of then-Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Dr. Jeanne Gunner, with a series of workshops focused on creating an awareness of diversity within all curricula. This included developing a shared vocabulary for discussions regarding diversity, and setting group values and goals.

In October 2014, The Office of the Provost supported the visit of Dr. Mary A. Armstrong from Lafayette College to discuss their diversity infusion project, including the process and successes.

The Diversity Infusion Project then moved to a hands-on process in which participants brought in their syllabi for discussion and suggestions for revision with a goal of making the classroom inclusive to all, based on the exploration of research and scholarship in diversity and teaching in higher education.

In Fall 2015, Vice Chancellor Nina LeNoir again sponsored a return visit of Dr. Armstrong, who met with Deans, Chairs and Directors and Faculty to provide further insight and education in infusing diversity in the curriculum and how to develop strong, ongoing work in this area.

Spring 2016 saw the initiation of 3 working groups led by facilitators who took part in the 2014/15 Project.  The goal is to build on progress made and further develop opportunities for faculty to discuss and develop strategies for infusing diversity into their courses.  Groups met 3-4 times to discuss readings and share strategies and challenges relating to diversity and inclusion


Plans for 2016/17

  • Presentation on Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom for IETL Summer Academy, 8/16/2016
  • Schedule Diversity Infusion Working Groups for Fall and Spring  (contact lenoir@chapman.edu for more information

+ - Diversity Infusion Project Faculty Participants in 2015/16

Working Group Facilitators:

Julye Bidmead, Associate Professor, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Religious Studies

Jan Osborn, Assistant Professor, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English

Jessica Sternfeld, Associate Professor, College of Performing Arts, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music

Working Group Participants:

Sandra Alvarez, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Arleen Bejerano, Instructor of Communication Studies, School of Communication Studies

Art Blaser, Professor of Political Science, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Victoria Carty, Associate Professor of Sociology, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Margaret Curwen, Associate Professor of Education, College of Educational Studies

Cristina Giannantonio, Associate Professor of Human Resources, Argyros School of Business and Economics

Amy Hanson, Associate Professor of Human Resources, Argyros School of Business and Economics

Geraldine McNenny, Professor of Education, College of Educational Studies

Mary Kimberly Padulo, Instructor of Education, College of Educational Studies

Morgan Read-Davidson, Instructor of English, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Gail Stearns, Dean, Wallace All Faiths Chapel, and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Pilar Valenzuela, Associate Professor of Languages, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

+ - Diversity Infusion Project Faculty Participants in 2014/15

Julye Bidmead, Associate Professor, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Religious Studies

Penny Bryan, Professor, College of Educational Studies

Brian Glaser, Assistant Professor, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English

Alicia Guy, Associate Professor, College of Performing Arts, Department of Dance

Ross Mohr, Assistant Professor, Clinical Faculty, Argyros School of Business and Economics

Jan Osborn, Assistant Professor, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English

Jessica Sternfeld, Associate Professor, College of Performing Arts, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music

Jeff Swimmer, Associate Professor, Director, International Programs for Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

William Wright, Associate Professor, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Biological Sciences

+ - Looking Forward

The Diversity Infusion Project will continue in 2015/16. 

The goals of the Diversity Infusion Project in the coming year are to expand faculty participation and increase an awareness and understanding of how infusing diversity and inclusion into all courses, regardless of discipline, can positively affect student learning.