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Chapman University Statement on Diversity & Inclusion

Chapman University is deeply committed to enriching diversity and inclusion through on-going efforts to cultivate a welcoming campus climate for all members of the Chapman community. We strive to provide an inclusive academic curriculum, promote equity and access in recruitment and retention and develop meaningful outreach programs and partnerships with our diverse local communities. We value diversity and inclusion in the learning environment and believe it is vital to the fulfillment of the university mission. It is our conviction that an inclusive learning environment facilitates complex, critical and creative thinking and that differences in identities, values, beliefs and perspectives are fundamental to a comprehensive education.

At Chapman the term diversity implies a respect for all and an understanding of individual differences including race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information and any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law, so that all members of the community are treated at all times with dignity and respect.


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+ - Staff & Faculty Professional Development - Spring 2020

A strong campus partnership between the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Human Resources, Dean of Students Office, Fish Interfaith Center, Disability Services, Veterans Resource Center, Institute for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Attallah College of Educational Studies, International Student Services and Facilities Management is pleased to announce the following professional development opportunities available to all Chapman faculty, staff, and graduate students this spring. In consultation with your supervisor, we hope you’ll consider attending the following workshops based on your availability.

Space in each session is limited, and available only to faculty, staff and/or graduate students. Please RSVP to the link(s) or the contact listed at your earliest convenience to confirm your participation and reserve one of the spaces available.

White Supremacy: Let’s Talk About It
Facilitated by Dr. Pete Simi
Tuesday, February 25, 9:30am – 11:00am - Orange Campus

Over the last several years, we have witnessed an increase in the most extreme forms of white supremacist activity on college campuses across the country. Relying on an informal discussion format, this workshop will focus on how campus environments can directly confront white supremacist ideology. From there we will reflect on Chapman’s experience last fall with a series of propaganda flyers some of which directly challenged the La Frontera conference. We will use this experience to brainstorm different responses and suggest proactive strategies that might help counter this type of exclusionary ideology. Lastly, moving beyond highly visible forms of white supremacy, we will consider how to best initiate and sustain a campus conversation about the broader less visible aspects of white supremacist ideology. Dr. Pete Simi from the Department of Sociology will lead this dialogue. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. RSVP for White Supremacy: Let’s Talk About It. Contact Pete Simi with any questions. 

ADA Accommodations in the Classroom
Facilitated by Jason McAlexander
Tuesday, March 3, 10:30am – 12:00pm - Orange Campus

Providing disability related accommodations is a shared responsibility between the professor, the student and Disability Services. Most accommodations occur in your classroom. We want to provide more clarity to the responsibilities of professors, students and Disability Services. Some accommodations are clear and routine; other accommodations require a professor’s input. Let us help you navigate these waters. Sponsored by Disability Services. RSVP for ADA Accommodations in the Classroom. Contact Jason McAlexander with any questions.

Supporting Students in Distress
Facilitated by Lisette Martinez
Tuesday, March 3, 2:00pm-3:00pm - Orange Campus

Join a discussion of how to support students who appear to be struggling with medical/mental health concerns, personal/family crises, financial strains, or other significant challenges that may impact them personally and academically. Learn about resources and structures that Chapman has in place to support these students and how you can be integral in assisting students get the help they need. Sponsored by the Dean of Students Office. RSVP for Supporting Students in Distress. Contact Lisette Martinez with any questions.

Facilitating Transformative Dialogue:
Building Inclusion Through Meaningful Engagement Across Differences
Facilitated by Alan Goff
Friday, March 6, 9:30am-12:00pm - Orange Campus

The vigorous debate of ideas is central to the intellectual mission and legacy of the university, and yet debate often serves to reinforce deep divisions within learning communities. This workshop will invite participants to learn about and practice dialogue as a distinct framework for engagement across differences. Dialogue will be explored as a tool for enhancing learning, strengthening relationships, and fostering social healing within diverse communities. This workshop will be led by Alan Goff, PhD Student Researcher, Urban Schooling, at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. RSVP for Facilitating Transformative Dialogue: Building Inclusion through Meaningful Engagement across Differences. Contact Kara Ward with any questions. 

Sustainability 101
Facilitated by Mackenzie Crigger
Tuesday, March 10, 11:30am – 1:00pm | Orange Campus
Wednesday, April 22, 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Orange Campus
Tuesday, April 21, 11:30am – 1:00pm | Rinker Campus

Are you curious about what the university is doing for sustainability management? Do you have questions about what to recycle, how to conserve energy, and if an electric vehicle really makes a difference? How does diversity, inclusion, and sustainability intersect? Join us for a broad based discussion on sustainability on our campus. Locations will be sent once you RSVP. Sponsored by Facilities Management. RSVP for Sustainability 101. Contact Mackenzie Crigger with any questions.

Safe Space Faculty & Staff Workshops*
Thursday, March 12, 10:00am – 12:30pm | Orange Campus
Friday, March 20, 1:00-3:30pm | Rinker Campus
Tuesday, April 21, 1:00pm – 3:30pm | Orange Campus

Chapman Safe Space is an educational intervention designed to support members of LGBTQIA+ campus community. Locations will be sent once you RSVP. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. RSVP for one of the Safe Space Faculty & Staff Workshops. Contact Kara Ward with any questions.

How to Write a Statement of Diversity
Facilitated by Dr. Anali Makoui
Wednesday, March 18, 10:00am – 11:30am - Orange Campus or via Zoom

This workshop is dedicated to defining and composing a diversity statement for career development purposes. A statement of diversity is increasingly becoming an expected component of a faculty's portfolio, as well as an expected part of a complete academic and non-academic job application (or promotion). This workshop is designed such that the attendee will leave with at least a skeleton for an effective diversity statement in hand. The workshop will be presented by Learning and Development’s Director Anali Makoui, PhD. Sponsored by Human Resources. RSVP for How to Write a Statement of Diversity. Contact Anali Makoui with any questions.

Cultivating Cultural Humility in Higher Education
Facilitated by Erin Pullin
Monday, March 30, 3:00-4:30pm - Orange Campus

With the rise of cancel culture and polarizing dialogues in classrooms and meetings, finding ways to connect and collaborate necessitates new approaches to understanding diversity, equity, and inclusion. Cultural humility focuses on the development of knowledge, skills, beliefs, and attitudes grounded in self-reflection, self-critique, life-long learning, and partnership building. This interactive workshop will encourage participants to reflect on how our identities, beliefs and attitudes impact our capacity to cultivate cultural humility in ourselves, colleagues, and student communities. RSVP for Cultivating Cultural Humility in Higher Education. Contact Erin Pullin with any questions.  

Interfaith Awareness Workshop for Staff & Faculty*
Facilitated by Rev. Nancy Brink and Dr. Jay Kumar
Wednesday, April 1, 1:00pm – 3:00pm - Orange Campus

We live in a world of great religious, spiritual, secular, atheist and agnostic diversity. This workshop will help you increase your knowledge of the varieties of expressions around values and meaning, issues of Christian privilege in our culture, and ways to be a more informed and supportive presence in the face of insensitivity or conflict. Sponsored by the Fish Interfaith Center. RSVP by emailing the Fish Interfaith Center. Contact Jen Ruby with any questions.

Teaching on Tap with Dr. Jana Remy
Hosted by Dr. Quaylan Allen
Monday, April 6, 6:00pm - Provisions Deli & Bottle Shop, 143 N Glassell St

Jana Remy will offer ideas to foster inclusion in an active learning classroom, sharing strategies such as having the students create their own class rules, having silent class discussions within a googledoc, using Zoom to include students who are unable to attend a face-to-face class session, and gauging student engagement with reflective midsemester feedback. Sponsored by Office of Diversity & Inclusion and IETL. RSVP for Teaching on Tap with Dr. Jana Remy. Contact Erin Pullin with any questions.

Education in the Age of Disinformation
Facilitated by Dr. Ahmed Younis
Tuesday, April 7, 9:00am-10:30am - Orange Campus

As state and non-state actors seize the online space and target students with disinformation, educators have a unique role in deconstructing the conspiracies that come to class. Dr. Younis will give an overview of what our students face and the tools available to parents, mentors, and educators to deal with disinformation that aims to shift attitudes and capitalize on identity. How do our students get their information? Where do they get it? How can we steer them to sources of knowledge that demystify the complexities of society in our time? Dr. Younis served in the Obama and Trump administrations as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Deputy Special Envoy in the US Department of State, and currently serves as Fellow in International Security at New America Foundation. Dr. Younis is also a faculty member in the Attallah College of Educational Studies. Sponsored by Office of Diversity and Inclusion. RSVP for Education in the Age of Disinformation. Contact Ahmed Younis with any questions.

Menu for the Future
Facilitated by Mackenzie Crigger
Thursday, April 9, 11:30am – 1:00pm - Orange Campus

This workshop will explore the cultural, social and ecological implications of food consumption, as well as discuss food justice and food insecurity, based on varying factors. The event will examine the issue from a global and local perspective through a peer to peer learning format. Location will be sent once you RSVP. Sponsored by Facilities Management. RSVP for Menu for the Future. Contact Mackenzie Crigger with any questions.

Conversations on Queerness
Facilitated by Brian Powell
Monday, April 13, 1:00 pm-2:30pm - Orange Campus

Sometimes you have to get a little uncomfortable to achieve true comfort. That’s the premise of this session, designed to be a frank and hard-hitting event during which attendees will hear personal narratives about historical contexts and microaggressions that inhibit LGBTQIA+ inclusivity even today, after which they will explore and celebrate how individuals (LGBTQIA+ or otherwise) can find “their voice” and authenticity in a heteropatriarchal society. Sponsored by Human Resources. RSVP for Conversations on Queerness. Contact Brian Powell with any questions.

Support for Veterans on Campus*
Facilitated by Blas Villalobos
Friday, April 17, 10:00am-11:00am - Orange Campus

Session will focus on ways Chapman University serves our student veteran/military family populations. Information covered will include the VA certification process and internal/external resources for veterans. Attendees will learn about challenges our student veterans/military families face, and how to support them as they face those challenges. Sponsored by the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) and Office of Admission. RSVP by emailing Blas Villalobos.

Effective Strategies for Supporting International Students on Campus
Facilitated by Dr. Raja Gopal Bhattar
Monday, April 20, 2:00pm-3:30pm - Orange Campus

International students bring significant knowledge and insights to our campus yet often feel alienated from classroom discussions, campus involvement and other opportunities. This interactive workshop will provide more intersectional understandings of who international students are and challenge us to question monolithic representations of this population. We will also share campus resources and individual strategies to enhance sense of belonging and connectedness across campus. The session will be presented by Dr. Raja Gopal Bhattar, whose work centers qualitative and quantitative approaches to intersectional identity development and the experiences of people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, first-generation students, Desi/South Asian students, and international students in higher education. Sponsored by Office of Diversity & Inclusion and International Student Services. RSVP for Effective Strategies for Supporting International Students on Campus. Contact Erin Pullin with any questions.

The Diversity & Inclusion Book Club
Facilitated by Erin Pullin
Will meet monthly based on member schedules in person or via Zoom

Want to engage in some learning focused on diversity and inclusion but perhaps you don’t have time to join a workshop this spring? This book club will endeavor to introduce a couple of books each semester and gather staff and faculty together for discussion of the texts in late March, and again in late April. The first book the group will read will be Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper. Dr. Brittney Cooper is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. RSVP for Diversity & Inclusion Book Club. Contact Erin Pullin with any questions.

On-Demand Webinar
Dr. Jamie Washington on Supervision with a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lens

Join Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, the President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group and his guest, Dr. Debra Griffith, the Dean of Student Equity and Success at West Valley College — as they discuss the challenges when a supervisor has not been prepared to engage the impact of identity as a dynamic that informs the supervisory relationship. You’ll be able to explore how your social identities impact your relationship with supervisees, encourage meaningful conversation across difference and improve the overall climate for minoritized staff on your campus. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Staff, faculty and graduate students can register for the on-demand webinar and access instructions will be sent to your email. Contact Kara Ward with any questions.

*Some of the above workshops are available by request for locations on the Orange and Rinker campuses with various numbers of interested participants, please reach out to the contact listed with any questions or requests.

+ - Chapman Diversity Project Meetings - Spring 2020

The Chapman Diversity Project endeavors to bring students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, community members, and trustees together for meaningful dialogue focused on developing strategic priorities and recommendations for diversity and inclusion at Chapman. This year, the CDP is comprised of eight advisory groups, two task forces, and a steering committee. 

The following Advisory Groups and Task Force will meet on:

  • February 17 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Advisory Group on the Status of Socio-economics Stratification
  • February 18 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Advisory Group on the Status of Military Affiliates
  • February 20 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Advisory Group on the Status of Women
  • February 24 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Advisory Group on the Status of International Communities
  • February 25 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Advisory Group on the Status of Disability & Accessibility 
  • February 26 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Advisory Group on the Status of People of Color
  • March 2 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Advisory Group on the Status of LGBTQIA+ Communities
  • March 3 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Curriculum Task Force

Chapman University students, staff, and faculty members are able to attend any of these lunch meetings as a way of sharing ideas and recommendations, while also listening to perspectives from other participants. These offer a good drop-in opportunity for folks to check out a group and learn more about what a group is working on for the semester. Lunch will be provided! Register for a CDP spring meeting

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