Sandy Fainbarg, left, with Nancy and Irv Fainbarg and President Struppa pose for a photo holding a gift of a Chapman window sculpture.

Daily Bread: Donor Gift Supports Food Pantry at Chapman

For Supervisors of Staff and Administrators – Cultural Essentials Series

The Leadership Development team in the Office of Human Resources has launched the Cultural Essentials Series (CES) program for supervisors of staff and administrators. We invite you to visit the Leadership...

The Center for Creative and Cultural Industries Develops Collaborative Networks

The Center for Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) Director Patrick Fuery and Associate Professor Kelli Fuery continue to develop a collaborative project with Media Cymru, the largest media and tech hub in...

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WIRED: How Do People Live in Orbit? Ask the Space Archeologists

Trinity Huynh

Trinity Huynh ’24, Advocates for Equity in Financial Aid with State Legislators

As I roamed Chapman University’s Orange campus, my eyes widened. It was the beginning of a new chapter. Students typically attend college for a few reasons: They want to continue to college after high school...

Our Voices: Diversity Equity and Inclusion @Chapman

The fabric of the Chapman community is made up of diverse faces, identities, thoughts, experiences, perspectives, ideas and dreams. Each of us has a unique story to tell and experiences that we can all learn from to keep Chapman moving forward. The best way to create real change is to understand who we are today, and have honest conversations about what we want to see tomorrow.

Our Voices: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Chapman is an effort that helps share the experiences of the Chapman community and builds more transparency on the actions being taken to advance a culture of inclusion and equity at our campuses. As part of this initiative, and in the spirit of both the Chapman Diversity Project and the longstanding “I Am Chapman” campaign, we introduce new platforms to hear from our own community.

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Celebrate the vital contributions of womxn and the activist Cesar Chavez
Chapman University celebrates the vital contributions of those who have helped shape the United States. Womxn’s Herstory Month, which runs from March 1–31, commemorates the significant role that womxn played in American history. This month, Chapman also celebrates the birth and legacy of the civil rights and labor movement activist Cesar Chavez. Learn more below about how Chapman supports its communities through the campus initiatives below.


Actor, activist and author George Takei poses with students.

George Takei Shares Internment Experience with Chapman

Actor, author, activist and social media favorite George Takei brought his powerful story of childhood imprisonment during World War II to Chapman University as part of Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences’ “Engaging the World” series and Musco‘s Leap of Art series.

Strategic Progress Update

The university is taking concrete steps in its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. These steps forward include:

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Chapman Enrolls Highest-Ever Rate of First Generation Students

More than 22% of Chapman’s newest cohort are first-generation students – the university’s highest-ever rate. The number is a significant increase over Chapman’s overall undergraduate population, of which 17.6% are first-gen. This increase reflects the university’s ongoing commitment to reach underrepresented students and provide increased opportunities for financial support.

More Updates

Establishment of the Black Book Nook

Wilkinson College Receives Congressional Recognition

Chapman University’s New Five-Year Strategic Plan
Chapman University’s new five-year strategic plan, “Our Path to Greatness,” prioritizes Chapman gaining formal recognition as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). HSI is the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. An institution earns the HSI designation by having an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25% Hispanic students at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application.

Hiring Chapman University’s First Director of LGBTQIA Achievement
This semester, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will open recruitment for Chapman’s first director of LGBTQIA achievement.

Our Voices Video Series

Our Voices Video Series

The Our Voices Video Series offers a space for members of our campus community to share their stories and their experiences. Each video will be honest and unscripted, giving participants the opportunity to talk candidly about their experiences at Chapman and in their lives

Christine Fugate, assistant professor in Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and an award-winning film producer and director, shares her inspiring story of living with an invisible disability and the supportive community she has connected with at Chapman.

Samantha Jimenez Garcia ’22  reflects on finding a community that finally made Chapman feel like home.

Global Education Advisor Daniel Garcia and graduate alumnus Juan Bustillo ’19 (’20 M.A.) discuss the study abroad experience among Latino students and their own journeys abroad.  

Graduate Assistant Program Coordinator Clarissa Cordova (’20, ’23 M.A.) and Assistant Program Coordinator Jacqueline Aparicio (’21, Ph.D.)  reflect on the first-gen identity and offer advice to incoming students.

Special Collections & Archives Librarian Annie Tang and Archives Technician John Carlo Encarnacion discuss a special and very personal highlight of their Chapman career – curating a library exhibit on the history of Filipino/a and Filipino/a-American students in California and at Chapman.

President of Chapman’s Latinx Staff & Faculty Forum Gabriela Castañeda, Ed.D., and Associate Professor at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Sally Rubin discuss the importance of celebrating Women’s Herstory Month in a way that recognizes all women and the range of identities they hold.

Chapman Professors Keith Howard, Ph.D, and Desirée Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, Ph.D, who also serve as president and vice president of the new Black Staff and Faculty Forum, sit down to discuss the importance of Black History Month in light of the present political and social climate.

Associate Director of Student Community Support and Development Justin Riley and student Natalia Ventura engage in authentic dialogue on issues related to identity, race, the Chapman experience and more!

Our Voices

Our Voices offer a glimpse into the heartbeat of Chapman – our students, faculty and staff. Separately, these images depict personal experiences, but collectively, they will illustrate the larger story of the Chapman experience.

News and Stories

LB Brown

Chapman’s Faculty Diversification Initiative Focused on Recruiting Outstanding Diverse Faculty Members

Thompson Policy Institute on Disability group photo

Chapman’s Thompson Policy Institute on Disability Secures $1.2 Million in New Grants