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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

» Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

When you attend Chapman, you join the Panther Family: a community that celebrates, embraces and respects all forms of diversity. We are committed to create an inclusive, supportive environment for all. 

The differences among our students, faculty and staff in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, geography, gender, sexual orientation, political outlook and life experience create an enriching and enlightening university environment.

Here are some of the ways we support our students and continue striving to create that environment.

Resources and Support

Whether it’s in the classroom, on campus or beyond, we’re here to make sure every member of the Chapman Family gets the education and support they need to succeed.

Academic Programs

Teaching and celebrating inclusivity is part of our mission. From clubs on campus to Ph.D. emphases, embracing diversity in our curriculum is paramount to giving Chapman students the best education available.

Find out how we’re doing just that on our Diversity and Inclusion department’s Academic Programs page.

Africana Studies Minor
Angelica Allen is co-director of Chapman’s Africana Studies minor, a program which will capture "Blackness in all of its complexity and diversity."

First-Generation Students

If neither your parent(s) nor legal guardian(s) have graduated and attained a 4-year Bachelor’s degree, you are a first-generation student.

And you’re not in this alone. Around 20% of our undergraduate students are first generation.

From first-generation mentoring to programs like Promising Futures, which helps first-gen students succeed in college, we have resources to help you from admission to graduation. Check them out on our First-Generation Resources page.

Cross-Cultural Center

At the Cross-Cultural Center, Chapman students come together to engage in dialogue and build a stronger campus community. We’re creating conversations around identity, empathy and diversity — and everyone is welcome. Join the conversation on our Cross-Cultural Center page.

Clubs and Organizations

We’re proud to support student-run organizations that foster and celebrate diversity. Visit our Diversity & Inclusion’s Clubs and Organizations page to find cultural and spiritual clubs at Chapman.

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I Am Chapman
The I Am Chapman campaign explores and affirms the different identities reflected in the Chapman University student population.

 Financial Aid

Cost shouldn’t discourage you from applying. We offer merit aid, institutional awards and need-based financial aid to students who qualify. In addition:

  • We have awards specifically for first-generation students and local, under-represented student
  • Some Chapman colleges and programs have awards for under-represented students.
  • Approximately 18% of our students are awarded Pell Grants.

To learn more about scholarships and affordability, check out our page on Financing Your Education.



While all members of the Chapman Family look out for each other, advocates are staff and faculty members who have self-identified as on-campus resources for underrepresented students. 

They’re committed to providing as much support as possible, so feel free to reach out to them if you ever need a helping hand.



One of Chapman’s current strategic goals is to support our changing student profile. This includes a commitment to attracting and supporting a diverse student body. 

You can view the current and changing student demographics by:

President Danielle Struppa
“We must also continue to evolve and diversify our student, faculty and employee profile. This means a commitment to recruitment practices that provide equity and access, and a campus environment that is welcoming and inclusive.”

Diversity and Inclusion Student Blogs

Still have questions about diversity? Check out our student blogs. You can also reach out to the blog's author with questions. Our students are happy to help!

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