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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

African American/Black Students

» African American/Black Students

We hope you will use the resources here to connect with your fellow students and the larger African-American/Black community to make the most of your Chapman experience!


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As Chapman’s Director of Black Excellence and Achievement, I am happy to lend you a helping hand as you delve into what Chapman has to offer.

We have a growing community of African American/Black students who have established a supportive network you can join. From student clubs and organizations to cultural events in the community, there are numerous avenues for you to be involved.

Should you ever need any guidance or support, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at levingston@chapman.edu.

You can follow Black Excellence and Achievement on Instagram here!


Chapman resources

Chapman is dedicated to nurturing the success and community development of African American/Black students with support systems and helpful resources, including:

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Click the links to learn more about each student organization and get contact information.

  • African Students’ Alliance: A student organization that provides a sense of community, support, and cultural awareness for African students and those interested in African cultures through cultural celebrations, workshops, and social gatherings.
  • Black Law Student Association: A network for students in the Fowler School of Law.
  • Black Parent and Family Network: A forum that serves as a resource to parents and family members as they navigate the college experience with their Chapman students with notifications of events, workshops, and volunteer opportunities throughout the academic year.
  • Black Resource Center (BRC): Serves as a home base for all-things Black at Chapman – events, resources, news, information, guides, internships, jobs, and much more. The center is also a place where you can connect with each other, ask questions, participate in discussions, or share resources you feel would help the community.
  • Black Student Union: Empowers the Black community at Chapman by providing fundamental support, resources, and information while fostering connections with other communities on campus.
  • Brothers Real Talk: Provides an intentional community space for students to meet bi-weekly and share their experiences as men of color.
  • Chapman Black Film Society: Aims to improve and increase the knowledge, experiences, and overall opportunities for students of African descent with interests in any/all aspects of filmmaking.
  • Sisters Circle: Provides an intentional community space for students to meet bi-weekly and share their experiences as women of color.

Students can also learn about and join clubs in person at the Student Involvement Fair, which takes place once every semester.

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  • Black Staff and Faculty Forum: A network of faculty and staff members at Chapman University that are here to provide support and advocacy for the Black community.
  • Cross-Cultural Center: Provides students with a safe space and offers programs and services intended to affirm the value of and support students from underrepresented identities.
  • Cross-Cultural Education and Resource Team (CERT): An advisory group of faculty, staff, and students devoted to a stronger, more inclusive community at Chapman. They work to empower students following potential bias incidents that affect our campus community.
  • Dean of Students Office: Serves as a resource for students by assisting in matters that impact the learning of all students.
  • Diversity Affairs Committee: Addresses issues of diversity and equity on campus and actively seeks the concerns of underrepresented groups to solve issues.

Graduation and alumni opportunities

  • Black graduation: An annual celebration that takes place to honor the achievements of Chapman’s African American/Black students, in addition to the official university commencement ceremonies that all students participate in.
  • Black Family Homecoming: An orientation event held every September where African American/Black students, alumni, faculty and staff, family, friends, and the community gather to enjoy food, music, and giveaways.
Mareek Pitts ‘23
Strategic Corporate Communication Major; Leadership Minor
"My time at Chapman expanded my horizon and exposed me to embark on talents I never realized I had. One of those talents is communication and speaking the language of connection, which correlates to my work at the DEI office. Allowing students to be seen and heard from underrepresented cultures here at Chapman!"

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There are many academic opportunities for Chapman’s African American/Black community, including:

Africana Studies minor

Our Africana Studies Minor allows students to examine the histories, cultures, societies, literature, and arts of people of African descent and their contributions to world civilization.

Study abroad opportunities

  • All Chapman students can choose to go abroad for a semester, a full year, or a travel course, which is shorter and held over the winter or summer terms. 
  • Through Chapman’s Center for Global Education, you can find additional scholarships for studying abroad by identity, location, and guidance in finding a program that best suits your wants and needs.

Opportunities to explore African/Black heritage abroad

Many African American/Black students study abroad every year. If you are interested in learning more about your heritage and immersing yourself in African culture, the Center for Global Education offers programs in different parts of Africa for Chapman students to take advantage of!

You can find more information about studying abroad as an African American/Black student on our Students of Color Abroad page.


Outside scholarships for African American/Black applicants

Visit the African/American/Black Applicants page for more details about scholarships designed specifically for African American/Black students, along with a list of options that can help financially support your college education.

Contact Misty Levingston

Director for Black Excellence and Achievement

(714) 997-6671


Follow Chapman Black Excellence on Instagram

Stay up-to-date on news and events for Chapman’s Black community, updated regularly by Misty Levingston.

Advocates for Students

Here you can find a list of staff, faculty and administrators who are advocates for student diversity and inclusion at Chapman. While all staff, faculty and administrators are advocates for students, the people in these lists have committed to being an open door and advocate for students from underrepresented communities.