Chapman University's Peace Pole was installed on Friday, February 17, 2017. This peace pole was made possible by Civic Engagement Initiatives, in partnership with the Department of Peace Studies, the College of Educational Studies, Facilities Management, and Campus Planning. It serves as an extension of the ongoing collaboration between Civic Engagement Initiatives, the Department of Peace Studies, and the College of Educational Studies to support students' understanding of and commitments to peace.
Chapman University's Peace Pole is one of over 100,000 poles in over 180 countries that display a common message: may peace prevail on earth. The Peace Pole Project was started in Japan by Masahisa Goi, founder of the World Peace Prayer Society, who was disturbed by the destruction wrought by war and came to be respected by many as a visionary for world peace. Chapman University's Peace Pole is a connection to many other universities and important sites around the world and serves as a reminder that we are all interdependent with the world around us.
The Peace Pole includes eight languages including English, Mandarin, Arabic, Hindi, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and the language of the indigenous Gabrielino-Tongva tribe. All but the indigenous language represent the most common languages spoken among Chapman students at the time of installation.