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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.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: A Roadmap for Best Practices - Chapman University, September 2020

As part of the vital conversation about diversity at Chapman University, a working group of faculty and staff drew upon their expertise to develop a steering document for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The finalized full version of the 'Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: A Roadmap for Best Practices' document was reviewed by the Faculty Senate on Friday, September 18, and is now available.

We build upon important recent benchmarks like the Africana Studies minor and the hiring of four tenure-track BIPOC faculty this year. This document serves as a roadmap for developing best practices to transform the university’s culture, policies, and practices. We look forward to working with the new Vice President who will oversee diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across campuses. As part of the search process for that position, we ask that faculty play a role in ranking the candidates and formally work with the new VP. We recognize the interconnectedness of faculty, students, staff, board members, hosted guests, donors, and vendors in achieving a more inclusive, productive community. As we work together, Chapman University will more fully embody its values and its mission to empower students who are prepared to “lead inquiring, ethical, and productive lives as global citizens.” In addition, these efforts will position the university as a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion.


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Brian K. Powell, JD
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Presidential Advisor on Staff Diversification
Pronouns: he/him/his
(714) 997-6779
powell@chapman.edu

Dr. Lawrence Brown
Professor, Vice Provost for Academic Administration
Presidential Advisor on Faculty Diversification
(714) 628-2876
lbbrown@chapman.edu

Albert Roberson
Equal Opportunity & Diversity Officer
Human Resources
Pronouns: he, him, his
(714) 997-6847
aroberson@chapman.edu

Joe Slowensky
Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Faculty Affairs
Office of the Provost
(714) 744-7882
jslowens@chapman.edu

Kara Ward
Administrative Coordinator
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Pronouns: she, her, hers
(714) 628-2720
karaward@chapman.edu

Justin Riley
Associate Director for Student Community Support and Development
Office of the Dean of Students
Pronouns: he, him, his
(714) 997-6671
juriley@chapman.edu 

Tim Topper
Program Coordinator
Cross-Cultural Center
Pronouns: he, him, his
(714) 628-2744
topper@chapman.edu 

Shishei Tsang
Program Coordinator
Cross-Cultural Center
Pronouns: she, her, hers
(714) 628-7242
ystsang@chapman.edu 

 

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