Our Voices – Updates

Recent Updates

  • Dodge College’s Documentary Program Pairs Student Filmmakers with Diverse Community Organizations

Over the past decade, Dodge College’s Community Voices program has produced more than 75 documentaries in collaboration with organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Orange County, Padres Unidos, Providence Speech and Hearing, LGBTQ Center of OC and numerous others representing diverse and marginalized individuals. Several of these films have been screened during acclaimed film festivals and earned prestigious awards.

  • Student Government Association Reviews Diversity Training for Student Organizations and Campus Leaders

Student Government Association (SGA) is conducting a broad overview of the training elements currently in place for student organization leaders, including fraternities and sororities and will issue a recommendation regarding diversity training for student organizations.

  • More than 6,000 Students Participate in Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

This year, more than 200 middle and high schools from 32 states and 12 countries participated in the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education’s annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

  • Fowler School of Law’s Most Diverse Class in its History

This year, Fowler School of Law welcomed not only the strongest class in its history, but also its most diverse, with 50% diversity representation and its highest percentage of first generation college students, at 35%. “Fostering greater inclusion and equity in the legal profession is a top priority for the law school,” said Dean Matt Parlow.

  • Simon Family Foundation Funds Crean College Scholarships for Underserved Students Facing Adversity

Through a gift from Simon Family Foundations, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences provides 10 full-tuition scholarships each year to underserved students facing adversity, so that they can complete their master’s in medical science degree and become physicians assistants.

  • Diversity Training Now Required for New Undergraduate Students

In August 2020, the first-ever We Are Chapman requirement for new undergraduates during orientation was added, with the possibility that this diversity training would extend to incoming graduate students as well. The effort was spearheaded by Cross-Cultural Center Assistant Leads Natalia Ventura and Preetha Raj.

  • The university launched the search for the newly-created role of vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • More than $1.5 million has been set aside for faculty diversity efforts.
  • This academic year, five new Black faculty joined the university.
  • The new Black Staff and Faculty Forum was established.
  • A new Africana Studies minor launched, and Ethnic Studies has been approved.
  • Dodge College has hired 16 new part-time professors of color, including 11 Black professors (nine of whom are women), and significantly increased the number of full-time Black professors from one to three.

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