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Chapman Alumnus Shares Millennial Loteria With Students Mike Alfaro ’10, known for giving modern twist to classic game, plays with Latinx Club

Since Mike Alfaro graduated from Chapman University in 2010, his lighthearted and updated take on the iconic bingo-like game Loteria has given him a large digital following and drawn the notice of Kelly Clarkson and the Los Angeles TimesOn Nov. 14 Alfaro returned to Chapman to play his game that started it all, Millennial Loteria, with Chapman’s Latinx Club and talk about his creative and personal journey. “I loved seeing the passion and community that this club has built around our shared culture,” he said. “I’m very happy to see how the community has become a family.”

‘I Will Never Be Able to Forget’: George Takei Shares Internment Experience with Chapman ‘Star Trek’ actor, activist tells his family’s story as part of Wilkinson College series

Actor, author, activist and social media favorite George Takei brought his powerful story of childhood imprisonment during World War II to Chapman University.

Takei – perhaps best known as helmsman Hikaru Sulu of “Star Trek” – recounted “the terror of that morning” his family was forced from their home and taken to prison camps, along with his father’s enduring faith in democracy and Takei’s subsequent work.


What is Day of the Dead and How Does Chapman Celebrate?

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Gabriela Castaneda, Ph.D., director of Latinx achievement at Chapman University, shines light on the holiday’s traditions and Chapman events and shares her own memories of celebrating in Mexico.

What’s the Difference Between LGBT History Month and Pride Month?

Pride Month has evolved into a national fixture each June, but October marks a perhaps lesser-known celebration – LGBT History Month.

Pride Month has been acknowledged on Chapman University’s campus, so some may wonder if LGBT History Month is also recognized.

Ask the Experts: Roe v. Wade, Now What?

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 landmark decision, Roe v. Wade, that protected a person’s right to choose to have an abortion, upheld for nearly 50 years. 

Testimony of Chapman Sociologist Pete Simi Leads to Judgment Against Organizers of Charlottesville Rally

"When you go behind the scenes and look at where Unite the Right was planned on Discord, and you see the volume of references to using violence during the rally, it’s overwhelmingly clear that this event was organized for the purpose of committing violence,” Simi said.

Chapman Professor Stephany Cuevas' New Book Shares Stories of Parental Sacrifice Behind Latinx Student Success

“I wanted to design a study that looked for stories of success,” Cuevas said. “At the core was a commitment to developing relational trust. I did the interviews in Spanish, and I didn’t push a protocol but let the stories come up naturally.”

NEH Grant Awarded to Launch Asian American Studies Minor at Chapman University

The grant will offer critical support by helping Chapman develop curriculum to advance the conversation on diversity, equity and justice in the community.

Misty Levingston Appointed New Director of Black Excellence and Achievement at Chapman

Misty Levingston, a doctoral candidate in organizational leadership in educational studies, has been appointed Chapman University’s new Director of Black Excellence and Achievement

Araceli Martinez Named Executive Director of Chapman’s Cross-Cultural Center and First-Generation Programs

Chapman University’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has named Araceli Martinez, M.A. executive director of the Cross-Cultural Center and First-Generation Programs. In her role, Martinez will oversee programming for both the Cross-Cultural Center and Chapman’s First-Generation program.

Dr. Gabriela Castaneda, Ed.D. is Chapman’s New Director of Latinx Achievement

In her new position, Castaneda will be able to increase the visibility of and opportunities for Chapman’s Latinx students. She also hopes the increased focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will encourage scholars and potential staff members to consider Chapman as their place of employment.

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Reg Chhen Stewart, Ph.D.
Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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Gabriela Castaneda, Ed.D.
Director for Latinx Achievement 
(714) 744-7812

Misty Levingston, M.A., PPS
Director for Black Excellence and Achievement
(714) 997-6671

Schnayma Saint-Fort
Graduate Assistant
Black Excellence and Achievement

Assistant Director
Promising Futures, First Generations Program

Araceli Martinez, M.A.
Executive Director, Cross Cultural Center and First Generation Programs
(714) 516-4778

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Argyros Forum (AF 302)
Orange, CA 92866

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