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Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan

Year Two Snapshot

» Our Progress — Chapman University Strategic Plan for Diversity & Inclusion — Year Two Results

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Goal 1: Curriculum - Expand diversity and inclusion in academic curricula and student learning opportunities.

Africana Studies is now offered as an official self-designed minor and cluster

Integrated Educational Studies Professor Quaylan Allen and the Curriculum Task Force worked together to establish the Africana Studies minor at Chapman.

Latinx & Latin American Studies Minor continues to grow

The Community Research Methods course in the Latinx & Latin American Studies minor was taught for the first time and the program graduated its first minor. 

Chapman launched a partnership with Shanghai Normal University

Thirteen students from Shanghai Normal University (SNU) joined the incoming Attallah College of Educational Studies Ph.D. in Education program cohort in August 2018. The students are part of a Chapman-SNU three-year pilot program, the first of its kind at Chapman. The SNU students will spend their first year living and studying in Orange County and taking courses side-by-side their fellow US-based students on the Chapman campus. In year two, the students will return to China and complete their remaining PhD courses and have Attallah College faculty visit for some in-person instruction.

The Community-Based Math Program, led by Dr. Cathery Yeh, is expanding

Dr. Cathery Yeh designed a new math methods course for graduate students in the Attallah College of Educational Studies Teacher Education Program. Thanks to the support of Chapman’s Pedagogical Innovations Grant, the program involves a hands-on, community-based component taking Chapman students into local K-12 classrooms.

The development of Natalia Ventura's self-designed "Aesthetic Activism" minor degree was introduced

Clara K. Magliola, Program Director of the Women’s Studies Program, guided the development of this minor as it explores how art and social movements influence one another.

Fowler School of Law Assistant Dean for Admissions and Diversity

Assistant Dean Justin Cruz spoke at the LSAC Diversity Officers Conference on the “Key Components for Effective Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Programs” and also spoke at the 13th annual meeting of Law School Diversity professional Conference on “No More Drama: Admitting and Supporting Students with Criminal Records”. 

A Pedagogical Innovation Grant was Introduced in Schmid College of Science and Technology

The grant “Educating Educators: Supporting instructional leadership among the STEM Supplemental Instructors” will feature targeted learning support for Diversity & Inclusion training for more effective and aware student interactions.

Goal 2: Recruitment - Strengthen equity and access in recruitment of students, staff, and faculty that compose a diverse and inclusive campus.

The following tables represent demographic indicators Chapman will continue to track through each year of assessment of the Strategic Plan for Diversity & Inclusion. More demographic information can be found in the Chapman Institutional DataMart

Degree-seeking Undergraduate Enrollment by Gender

Gender Fall 14 % Fall 15 % Fall 16 % Fall 17 % Fall 18 %
Men  40.4% 39.7%


39.3% 39.1%
Women 59.6% 60.3% 60.6% 60.7% 60.9%
TOTAL 6211 6281 6338 6740 7026

Degree-seeking Undergraduate Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Fall 14 % Fall 15 % Fall 16 % Fall 17 % Fall 18 %
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.3% 0.3% 0.2% 0.1% 0.2%
Asian 10.3% 10.3% 11.1% 11.7% 13.0%
Black/African American 1.3% 1.4% 1.8% 1.7% 1.7%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.4% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Hispanic/Latino 14.3% 14.4% 14.6% 15.1% 15.7%
Nonresident alien 3.9% 4.1% 4.0% 3.9% 3.8%
Unknown 3.0% 4.4% 4.5% 5.7% 5.1%
Two or more races 6.0% 6.3% 6.8% 6.9% 7.3%
White 60.5% 58.4% 56.7% 54.6% 52.8%
TOTAL 6211 6281 6338 6740 7026

 Degree-seeking Graduate Enrollment by Gender

Gender Fall 14 % Fall 15 % Fall 16 % Fall 17 % Fall 18 %
Men  41.9% 41.6% 40.8% 40.9% 40.1%
Women 58.1% 58.2% 59.0% 59.1% 59.9%
Unidentified 0.0% 0.2% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0%
TOTAL 1842 1947 2130 2384 2318

 Degree-seeking Graduate Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Fall 14 % Fall 15 % Fall 16 % Fall 17 % Fall 18 %
Amer Indian/Alaska Native 0.2% 0.2% 0.3% 0.1% 0.1%
Asian 13.5% 14.5% 16.2% 18.7% 20.9%
Black/African American 2.2% 2.3% 2.2% 2.3% 2.5%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3% 0.3% 0.1% <0.1%
Hispanic/Latino 13.9% 13.9% 15.5% 15.7% 16.5%
Nonresident alien 10.5% 11.1% 12.3% 12.8% 12.2%
Unknown 7.2% 7.4% 5.5% 4.5% 4.0%
Two or more races 3.9% 3.5% 3.9% 5.1% 5.6%
White 48.3% 46.7% 43.7% 40.7% 38.1%
TOTAL 1842 1947 2130 2384 2316

Full-time Staff by Gender

Gender Fall 14 % Fall 15 % Fall 16 % Fall 17 % Fall 18 %
Men  42.3% 42.6% 42.2% 42.3% 42.1%
Women 57.7% 57.4% 57.8% 57.7% 57.9%
Unidentified 0.0% 0.0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
TOTAL 686 752 810 830 895

Full-time Staff by Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Fall 14 % Fall 15 % Fall 16 % Fall 17 % Fall 18 %
Amer Indian/Alaska Native 0.6% 0.4% 0.2% 0.4% 0.2%
Asian 8.3% 7.6% 6.2% 6.4% 6.6%
Black/African American 2.3% 2.3% 2.0% 1.6% 1.9%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 1.3% 1.5% 1.5% 1.4% 1.0%
Hispanic/Latino 12.7% 13.4% 13.5% 13.0% 12.4%
Nonresident alien 0.4% 0.4% 1.5% 1.3% 2.3%
Unknown 22.2% 26.5% 32.0% 36.0% 37.7%
Two or more races 2.5% 2.7% 2.6% 2.4% 2.2%
White 49.7% 45.3% 40.6% 37.5% 35.6%
TOTAL 686 752 810 830 895

Full-time Instructional Faculty by Gender

*University will collect by January 1, 2019

Gender Fall 14 % Fall 15 % Fall 16 % Fall 17 % Fall 18 %
Men  60.29% 59.23% 58.82% 58.08% 58.2%
Women 39.71 40.77% 41.18% 41.92% 41.8%
Nonbinary* NA NA NA NA NA
TOTAL 418 417 459 489 517

Full-time Instructional Faculty by Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Fall 14 % Fall 15 % Fall 16 % Fall 17 % Fall 18 %
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.24% 0.24% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Asian 6.22% 6.00% 7.41% 7.77% 6.0%
Black/African American 2.15% 2.16% 1.96% 1.84% 1.55%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Hispanic/Latino 3.59% 2.88% 3.70% 3.68% 3.87%
Nonresident alien 2.83% 3.84% 2.83% 2.66% 9.09%
Unknown 17.70% 24.70% 27.67% 29.04% 30.56%
Two or more races 0.48% 0.48% 1.16% 0.61% 0.19%
White 65.79% 59.71% 55.77% 54.40% 48.74%
TOTAL 418 417 459 489 517

College of Performing Arts hired a Recruitment and Admission Director for the College

This position is expected to complete a robust analysis of recruiting strategies and past trends. One of the tasks for the person within this new role will be to study how CoPA can increase diversity in student recruitment.

The Studio Art Program has set a goal of recruiting more students from Los Angeles and Orange County Public High Schools

This goal has been set in coordination with initiatives set by the President's Office. 

Fowler School of Law awarded nearly $100,000 this year to incoming law students through their First-Generation College Student Scholarship

Through this scholarship, Fowler School of Law expanded its support for incoming first-generation college students who have shown a commitment and history of service to legally underserved communities.

Fowler School of Law awarded nearly $100,000 this year to incoming law students through their First-Generation Scholarship

Through this scholarship, Fowler School of Law expanded its support for incoming first-generation students who have shown a commitment and history of service to legally underserved communities.

The endowment of the Jayne Taylor Kacer First-Generation Scholarship was created in the Fowler School of Law

This endowment was named after Jayne Taylor Kacer, the Fowler School of Law’s longtime Associate Dean of Student Affairs who will be retiring in Fall 2019.

The Youth Cinema Project Outreach Program was established in collaboration with Santa Ana Unified School District and Dodge College

The Youth Cinema Program organized a series of workshops at Dodge College for students at Santa Ana High School to allow students the opportunity to learn from professionals in the field in a real-world setting.

Five recipients were awarded the Give Something Back Scholarship

Give Something Back provides college scholarships and mentoring to students who have faced economic hardship and other adversities such as foster care or the incarceration of a parent.

Goal 3: Climate - Develop and implement programs, services, and spaces that cultivate a welcoming campus climate.

Fifteen different workshops were offered for the Diversity & Inclusion Professional Development series for faculty and staff

There were 324 participants across all 15 workshops which included interfaith awareness workshops, safe space training, evacuation planning and accessibility, supporting students in distress, and understanding bias and hate crime issues on campus, among many others.

Campus Planning spent $1.25 million on diversity and inclusion related campus updates

This includes single-occupancy restrooms, accessibility updates, active learning classrooms, changing stations, evacuation chairs, and more. 

Wilkinson College hosted the Documenting Hate in Charlottesville & Orange County event

This was held on October 29, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall and drew 500 attendees including panelist AC Thompson (Pro publica) and Chapman alum Gustavo Arellano.

The Heartbeat of Mexico festival and concerts continued to grow 

The event is a growing partnership with Musco Center for the Arts and Chapman's Latinx Staff and Faculty Forum. Latinx & Latin American Studies organized guest talks as part of Chapman’s Heartbeat of Mexico festival. The talks were academic but also celebratory of Mexican culture. They were free for everyone including students, staff, faculty and the outside community. The Heartbeat of Mexico festival and concerts continued to grow this year. We had people from the outside community join us at different events across Memorial Day Weekend.

The Hispanic Law Students Association was established in the Fowler School of Law

The Hispanic Law Students Association’s primary purpose is to promote excellence in earning a legal education with a social conscience and to foster fellowship among members.

The Office of Research sponsored a free screening of Hillbilly at the Musco Center for the Arts

Directed by Professor Sally Rubin, Hillbilly looks at media stereotypes of rural America and encourages a call for dialogue during a culturally and politically divided time in U.S. history.

The Latinx Business Student Association continued their partnership with Career and Professional Development to offer events and mentoring opportunities for first-generation students

This partnership included a collaboration with the Office of Parent Engagement for the first-generation summer welcome reception, events held with the Latinx Staff and Faculty Forum, career-related workshops with the Promising Futures Program and the development of a DACA task force with the Dean of Students Office.

Dr. Criselda Toto Pacioles and Dr. Amir Ahsan of Schmid College led a workshop on inclusion in the classroom 

The “Inclusive Learning Environment: How to Create an Inclusive Classroom?” workshop explored how faculty can foster an inclusive learning environment being aware of the diversity of our students and community.


Goal 4: Community - Develop and sustain meaningful engagement and partnerships with our diverse local communities and neighbors.

Fowler School of Law PLUS Program

The law school was one of only 9 law schools selected to receive the $300,000 grant from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) to put on this important program in summer 2018.  The program brought first- and second-year university and community college students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession for five weeks to acquaint them with law school, law school entry requirements and the legal profession.

Dr. Peter Simi and Dr. Marilyn Harran were featured speakers at the "Light the way for Change" event

More than 400 people gathered at the Laguna Beach Artists Theater for WAVE’s (Women for American Values and Ethics) Action Fund’s “Light the Way for Change” event on Sunday, May 19. WAVE organized the event to help inspire people to make a difference in their community in light of increased hate crimes in Orange County and across the nation.

Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa and Patti Hirahara collaborated on a Chapters podcast

Chapters is a five-part Creative + Cultural Podcast series dedicated to stories surrounding the exclusion, forced removal, and internment of Japanese-Americans. 

Padres Unidos Graduation Ceremony Honors Community Workers

In June 2018 nearly 30 women graduated from the Chapman University and Padres Unidos Community Worker Paraprofessional Certificate program after two years of course work and community fieldwork. Each graduate received a certificate of completion from Chapman and a community service award from Congressman Lou Correa, the U.S. Representative for California’s 46th congressional district.

CoPA has partnered with several local high schools to offer free or deeply discounted access to several productions

For productions in Musco Center for the Arts, CoPA has had as many as 150-200 high school students attending under this program.

CoPA introduced a partnership with Santa Ana Unified School District

The centerpiece of the partnership was a semi-staged performance of the musical Sweeney Todd at the Santa Ana High School Auditorium, which was financially supported by the College of Performing Arts. Santa Ana High School’s Conservatory of the Arts used this performance as a fundraiser for their program, as all gate receipts went to the school. The Dean has met a few times with faculty at SAHS as well with the district VAPA coordinator to set the basis for a continuing relationship.

Attallah College of Educational Studies awards ePrize, fostering student-focused, teacher-led public school program

The Attallah College ePrize seeks to foster collaboration between Orange County district and charter public schools around innovation in order to improve educational outcomes for underserved students. The award is the result of a collaboration with the Pamela and Andrew Horowitz Family and a part of the Attallah College’s Orange County Excellent Public Schools Initiative. Funded by a $100,000 per year grant for three years, the ePrize project will strive to improve student achievement by strengthening the collaboration among educators, across districts and grade levels, and expanding the breadth and depth of parent engagement. The inaugural prize was awarded to Anaheim Union High School District, Santa Ana Unified School District, and El Sol Science and Arts Academy in Fall 2017.

Community-Engaged Learning Partnerships among Integrated Educational Studies (IES) Program include Century High School, Higher Ground Youth and Family Services, and Heritage Museum of OC

This initiative is supported by the Association of American Colleges and Universities Civic Learning Mini-Grant and involves the development of mutually beneficial partnerships. In other words, for Chapman students, the community becomes the classroom. For example, Dr. Quaylan Allen taught a section of a required IES major course, IES 206: Schools and Society, at Higher Ground enabling students to connect course content with real-world practices while also supporting Higher Grounds after school programs. 

Chapman's Centro Comunitario de Educación hosted civic, literary, and art events benefiting over 1,350 community members

Chapman University’s Centro Comunitario de Educación is a community education center run by the Attallah College of Educational Studies that engages in partnerships in downtown Santa Ana to serve preschoolers through adults in this predominantly Latino/a/x community.

The graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders in Crean College partnered with the Scottish Rite Foundation to operate the Childhood Language Center in Santa Ana

The Center achieves the dual purpose of training future speech-language therapists and to provide year-round, no-cost speech-language services to underserved children in Santa Ana.  

The Simon Orange Chapman STEM Scholars (SOCSS) program at Chapman is developed

The SOCSS Program at Chapman University provides Orange High School (OHS) students with transformative experiences during the junior and senior years to explore STEM-related fields by doing research mentored by science faculty in Schmid College

Chapman partners with Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies (AISS)

This organization guides academically motivated, economically disadvantaged high school students interesting in pursuing a career in STEM from the Santa Ana school district.

Goal 5: Institutional Prioritization - Prioritize the commitment to diversity and inclusion through leadership and action at all levels of the institution.

The Fowler School of Law was one of only 11 law schools nationwide to receive the CLEO EDGE Award for Greater Equality

Previously, the FSOL was recognized by the Law School Admissions Council for our commitment to diversity and inclusion, receiving the Diversity Matters Award in 2016 and 2017.

Approximately $1.25 Million spent by Campus Planning on building projects and renovations

This included accessibility updates, active learning classrooms, and single occupancy gender-inclusive restrooms. 

First Generation Services & Promising Futures

First Generation Services & Promising Futures funding was increased, expanding the Summer Bridge Program from two to three days, adding a graduate student assistant, and increasing support for student grants for academically related travel and graduate school preparation. 

A Student Affairs Case Manager was hired in the Dean of Students Office 

This role was created to support the Dean of Students office and serve the needs of students on a more personal basis. 

A Disability Services Specialist was added on both the Rinker and Orange campuses

These additions expanded resources for Disability Services and their goal to provide support services to achieve equal access to the education experience. 

The establishment of a Director of the Veterans Resource Center

With the hiring of a Director, an operating budget was established for the Veterans Resource Center.

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion budget expanded

This budget expansion also led to the expansion of the diversity & inclusion student employment budget. 

The Diversity Infusion Project budget expanded

The Diversity Infusion Project began in Fall 2014 with a small group of faculty interested in exploring ways that issues of diversity could be woven into the curriculum in the courses they teach. 

Thank you!

A sincere thank you to the following students, staff, and faculty members who helped contribute to the year two progress report:

Alisa Driscoll Jamie Ceman  Monica Chen 
Anaida Colon Muniz Jana Remy Nancy Brink
Anat Herzog Janeen Hill Nina LeNoir
Andrea Weber Jason Keller Oliver Lopez
Andrew Lyon Jennifer Keene Osinachi Ibe
Art Blaser Jerry Price Pamela Ezell
Ashley Cosgrove Jonathan Charres Phil Hall
Blas Villalobos Joseph Slowenksy Randy Burba
Candace Ybarra Josh Goldfaden  Ranjith Kankanala
Carolyn Nih Justin Walsh  Rebecca Schlafer
Christian Aguilar Kara Ward Richard Bryant
Christopher Roach  Ken Murai  Rick Gonzalez
Clara K. Magliola Kris De Pedro  Rick Turner
Corie Yutkin Kristin Beavers Ron Jordan
Dawn Bonker Kristin Dressner Ross Loehner
Denise Johnson Laura Baker Roxanne Miller
Diane Eisenberg Lawrence Brown  Ruben Espinoza
Eileen Besner Lindsay Shen  Ryan Boudreau
Elaine Schwarz Lisa Sparks Sheryl Bourgeois
Erin Pullin LouAnne Boyd Stephanie Takaragawa
Gail Stearns Marcela Mejia-Martinez Tim Topper
Giulio Ongaro Margaret Grogan Tom Piechota
Glenn Pfeiffer Maria Khalil
Greg Tyler Marisol Arrendondo Samson
Gwyn Fraley Marissa Tobias
Harold Hewitt Jr. Matt Parlow
Helen Norris Melissa Borgmeyer
Ian Barnard Michelle Samura
Jack Raubolt Mike Kowalski
Jacky Dang Mike Pelly