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The Department of Student Engagement is comprised of six different functional areas including the Argyros Forum Student Union, Civic Engagement Initiatives, the Cross-Cultural Center, Fitness and Recreation Services, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Student Organizations. Student Engagement staff members are enthusiastic individuals who work hard to enhance the student experience at Chapman University by coordinating a variety of facilities and programs designed to support students' sense of belonging and development. 

Phone: (714) 997-6761
Email: se@chapman.edu

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Chris Hutchison, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President and Associate Dean of Students
Argyros Forum 303C
(714) 628-7321
Chris Hutchison, Ph.D., serves as the Assistant Vice President and Associate Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs at Chapman University. In this role, he oversees a broad array of student engagement avenues, including civic engagement initiatives, the cross-cultural center, greek life, student organizations, the Argyros Forum Student Union, Julianne Argyros Fitness Center, the Henley Fitness Center, and the Doti-Struppa Rock Wall. He serves as an advisor to the Student Government Association, and also serves on the University’s Diversity Response Committee and the Community Engagement and Service Learning Working Group. Additionally, Chris is an instructor for Chapman’s Attallah College of Educational Studies, teaching in the undergraduate Leadership Studies Minor and the Higher Education Emphasis for the Master of Arts in Leadership Development programs. Chris is an active member of the professional association NASPA—Student Affairs in Higher Education, and has served on regional conference planning committees. Chris has presented at regional, national, and international conferences on the topics of pedagogy, civic learning and democratic engagement, interfaith dialogue, leadership, sustainability in higher education, and arts-based inquiry/action-research. Chris received his M.A. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego and his M.S. in Educational Studies-Higher Education from the University of Oxford. He also received his Ph.D. in Education from Chapman University, researching undergraduate civic learning and the impact of democratic pedagogy, embedding experiential processes, and centralizing university-community dynamics within the curriculum. His research interests include civic learning and democratic engagement, college student learning and development, and topics related to experiential learning environments, democratic pedagogy, democratized classrooms, and university-community dynamics. Chris began his career in higher education in 1998.
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Jaclyn Dreschler

Assistant Director
Argyros Forum 303B
(714) 628-7227
Direct contact for: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Organizations
Jaclyn Dreschler serves as Assistant Director in Student Engagement at Chapman University. Her responsibilities include management and support of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Organizations. She also assists with broader departmental training and development efforts. Jaclyn serves on the Campus Climate Committee and the People@Chapman Advisory Group. Since 2012, Jaclyn has been an active member of the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors and NASPA - Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education. Before Chapman, she worked in the Fraternity and Sorority Life office at Villanova University and as a Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs at the University of San Diego, where she earned her master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership. Jaclyn is a proud member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
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Justin Koppelman, Ph.D.

Director of Student Engagement
Argyros Forum 303E
(714) 997-6894
Direct contact for: Argyros Forum Student Union, Civic Engagement Initiatives, Cross-Cultural Center, University Program Board
Justin Koppelman serves as a Director of Student Engagement at Chapman University. His administrative responsibilities include oversight of the Argyros Forum Student Union, Civic Engagement Initiatives, the Cross-Cultural Center, and the University Program Board; advising the Student Government Association; and coordinating Graduate Assistant recruitment and development. Justin is also an instructor in Chapman’s Attallah College of Educational Studies, teaching undergraduate courses on leadership and civic engagement and graduate courses on college student development theory and higher education, and a moderator for Braver Angels, a national organization dedicated to depolarizing American politics. Justin has published and presented at regional, national, and international conferences on the topics of assessment, civic engagement, interfaith dialogue, leadership, and sustainability in higher education. Justin has also been an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators since 2008, serving in a variety of regional and national volunteer roles. Most recently, Justin represents Chapman University as a Lead Advisory Institution, supporting efforts to advance civic learning and democratic engagement in the field of student affairs. Previously, Justin has served on regional conference and knowledge community committees. Justin has a B.A. in Organizational Leadership, a M.A. in English, and a Ph.D. in Education from Chapman University. Justin’s academic interests include civic learning and engagement; college student development; and topics related gender and masculinities in postsecondary education.
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Karla Monterrey

Administrative Assistant
Argyros Forum 303
(714) 997-6999
Karla Monterrey serves as the Administrative Assistant for Student Engagement at Chapman University. In this role, Karla's responsibilities are divided by day-to-day operations in the department as well as overseeing the production of marking and design needs for student engagement programming. Prior to working at Chapman University, Karla lived in Chicago and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to pursue a master’s degree in Art History Theory and Critic. She left SAIC and moved back to California and spent some time working as an independent artist. Karla has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the Cal State, Fullerton and is currently completing the Master of Arts in Leadership Development program at Chapman University.
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Kayla Wiechert

Program Specialist
Argyros Forum 303
(714) 628-7384
Direct contact for: Student Organizations
Kayla Wiechert is a Program Specialist in Student Engagement. She is responsible for supporting recognized student organizations, with specific oversight of academic student organizations. She also assists with the administration of general departmental projects, programs, and services. Kayla is one of the advisors to the Student Government Association, supporting their finance and public relations efforts. Kayla has also served as an Associate Director in the department during which time she led the advisement of recognized student organizations, oversaw administrative operations, served on campus climate committees, and trained as a Title IX investigator and hearing officer. Prior to joining Student Engagement, Kayla served as the Residential Education Coordinator from 2010-2013 and Program Assistant for Orientation and First Year programs in 2010 at Chapman. Her professional interests include connecting students activities outside of the classroom to their academic pursuits. She has presented at Western Regional Conferences for NASPA, as well as served on several professional association committees. Kayla was also the recipient of the 2013 NASPA Region VI Dorothy Keller New Professional Award. Kayla has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and religious studies from Saint Mary’s College of California and a master’s degree in student affairs from University of California, Los Angeles.
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Negeen Dagher

Program Coordinator
Argyros Forum 303A
(714) 516-5704
Direct contact for: Argyros Forum Student Union, Fitness and Recreation Services, University Program Board
Negeen Dagher serves as a Program Coordinator for Student Engagement. She is responsible for the coordination of student educational experiences, services, and operations related to the Argyros Forum Student Union. She also serves as the advisor to the University Program Board, providing support to members of the organization implementing a diverse array of social programs and maintaining compliance with University policies and procedures. Negeen was the recipient of the 2017 NASPA Region VI Graduate Rising Star Award. She also presented at the NASPA Western Regional Conference in Sacramento, CA on the subject of leadership development for Muslim college students using civic engagement, student development, and feminist theoretical frameworks. Negeen is a two-time alumna of Chapman University having earned her bachelor’s in Strategic and Corporate Communication and master’s in Leadership Development and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education.
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Topper

Program Coordinator
Argyros Forum 304
(714) 628-2744
Direct contact for: Cross-Cultural Center
Under the direction of the Student Engagement team, Topper currently serves as a Program Coordinator with a focus on the Cross-Cultural Center. As an advocate for building healthy communities for positive student development, Topper works with the Student Engagement team and various campus partners to create an inclusive, welcoming, and educational environment for the Chapman community through unique programming focusing on social justice, diversity, and breaking stereotypes and biases for students, staff, and faculty. Topper comes to Chapman from his hometown of Golden, Colorado by way of Fort Lewis College where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Geology and Texas Tech University for completion of his Master’s in Higher Education.