A strong campus partnership between the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Human Resources, the Dean of Students Office, the Fish Interfaith Center, Disability Services, the Veterans Resource Center, the Institute for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Attallah College of Educational Studies, and Facilities Management is pleased to announce the following professional development opportunities available this spring. In consultation with your supervisor, we hope you’ll consider attending the following workshops based on your availability.

Space in each session is limited, and available only to faculty, staff and/or graduate students. Please RSVP to the link(s) or the contact listed at your earliest convenience to confirm your participation and reserve one of the spaces available.

On-Demand Webinar, Available Any Time or Location This Spring

Dr. Jamie Washington on Supervision with a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lens

Join Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, the President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group and his guest, Dr. Debra Griffith, the Dean of Student Equity and Success at West Valley College — as they discuss the challenges when a supervisor has not been prepared to engage the impact of identity as a dynamic that informs the supervisory relationship. You’ll be able to explore how your social identities impact your relationship with supervisees, encourage meaningful conversation across difference and improve the overall climate for minoritized staff on your campus. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Register for the on-demand webinar and access instructions will be sent to your email. Contact Kara Ward with any questions.


Safe Space Faculty & Staff Workshops*

Thursday, March 12, 10:00am – 12:30pm | Orange Campus

Friday, March 20, 1:00-3:30pm | Rinker Campus

Tuesday, April 21, 1:00pm – 3:30pm | Orange Campus

Chapman Safe Space is an educational intervention designed to support members of LGBTQIA+ campus community. Locations will be sent once you RSVP. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. RSVP for one of the Safe Space Faculty & Staff Workshops. Contact Kara Ward with any questions.


White Supremacy: Let’s Talk About It

Facilitated by Dr. Pete Simi

Tuesday, February 25, 9:30am – 11:00am

Argyros Forum 209A | Orange Campus

Over the last several years, we have witnessed an increase in the most extreme forms of white supremacist activity on college campuses across the country. Relying on an informal discussion format, this workshop will focus on how campus environments can directly confront white supremacist ideology. From there we will reflect on Chapman’s experience last fall with a series of propaganda flyers some of which directly challenged the La Frontera conference. We will use this experience to brainstorm different responses and suggest proactive strategies that might help counter this type of exclusionary ideology. Lastly, moving beyond highly visible forms of white supremacy, we will consider how to best initiate and sustain a campus conversation about the broader less visible aspects of white supremacist ideology. Dr. Pete Simi from the Department of Sociology will lead this dialogue. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. RSVP for White Supremacy: Let’s Talk About It. Contact Pete Simi with any questions.


ADA Accommodations in the Classroom

Facilitated by Jason McAlexander

Tuesday, March 3, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Argyros Forum 209C | Orange Campus

Providing disability related accommodations is a shared responsibility between the professor, the student and Disability Services. Most accommodations occur in your classroom. We want to provide more clarity to the responsibilities of professors, students and Disability Services. Some accommodations are clear and routine; other accommodations require a professor’s input. Let us help you navigate these waters. Sponsored by Disability Services. RSVP for ADA Accommodations in the Classroom. Contact Jason McAlexander with any questions.


Supporting Students in Distress

Facilitated by Lisette Martinez

Tuesday, March 3, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Argyros Forum 209C | Orange Campus

Join a discussion of how to support students who appear to be struggling with medical/mental health concerns, personal/family crises, financial strains, or other significant challenges that may impact them personally and academically. Learn about resources and structures that Chapman has in place to support these students and how you can be integral in assisting students get the help they need. Sponsored by the Dean of Students Office. RSVP for Supporting Students in Distress. Contact Lisette Martinez with any questions.


Facilitating Transformative Dialogue:

Building Inclusion Through Meaningful Engagement Across Differences

Facilitated by Alan Goff

Friday, March 6, 9:30am-12:00pm

Argyros Forum 209A | Orange Campus

The vigorous debate of ideas is central to the intellectual mission and legacy of the university, and yet debate often serves to reinforce deep divisions within learning communities. This workshop will invite participants to learn about and practice dialogue as a distinct framework for engagement across differences. Dialogue will be explored as a tool for enhancing learning, strengthening relationships, and fostering social healing within diverse communities. This workshop will be led by Alan Goff, PhD Student Researcher, Urban Schooling, at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. RSVP for Facilitating Transformative Dialogue: Building Inclusion through Meaningful Engagement across Differences.  Contact Kara Ward with any questions.


Sustainability 101

Facilitated by Mackenzie Crigger

Tuesday, March 10, 11:30am – 1:00pm | Orange Campus | Argyros Forum 209C

Wednesday, April 22, 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Orange Campus | Argyros Forum 209C

Tuesday, April 21, 11:30am – 1:00pm | Rinker Campus | Rinker-95 104

Are you curious about what the university is doing for sustainability management? Do you have questions about what to recycle, how to conserve energy, and if an electric vehicle really makes a difference? How does diversity, inclusion, and sustainability intersect? Join us for a broad based discussion on sustainability on our campus. Locations will be sent once you RSVP. Sponsored by Facilities Management. RSVP for Sustainability 101. Contact Mackenzie Crigger with any questions.

How to Write a Statement of Diversity

Facilitated by Dr. Anali Makoui

Wednesday, March 18, 10:00am – 11:30am

DeMille Hall 156, Human Resources Training Room or via Zoom

This workshop is dedicated to defining and composing a diversity statement for career development purposes. A statement of diversity is increasingly becoming an expected component of a faculty’s portfolio, as well as an expected part of a complete academic and non-academic job application (or promotion). This workshop is designed such that the attendee will leave with at least a skeleton for an effective diversity statement in hand. The workshop will be presented by Learning and Development’s Director Anali Makoui, PhD. Sponsored by Human Resources. RSVP for How to Write a Statement of Diversity. Contact Anali Makoui with any questions.


Cultivating Cultural Humility in Higher Education

Facilitated by Erin Pullin

Monday, March 30, 3:00-4:30pm

Argyros Forum 201 | Orange Campus

With the rise of cancel culture and polarizing dialogues in classrooms and meetings, finding ways to connect and collaborate necessitates new approaches to understanding diversity, equity, and inclusion. Cultural humility focuses on the development of knowledge, skills, beliefs, and attitudes grounded in self-reflection, self-critique, life-long learning, and partnership building. This interactive workshop will encourage participants to reflect on how our identities, beliefs and attitudes impact our capacity to cultivate cultural humility in ourselves, colleagues, and student communities. RSVP for Cultivating Cultural Humility in Higher Education. Contact Erin Pullin with any questions.


Interfaith Awareness Workshop for Staff & Faculty*

Facilitated by Rev. Nancy Brink and Dr. Jay Kumar

Wednesday, April 1, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Wilkinson Founders Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center | Orange Campus

We live in a world of great religious, spiritual, secular, atheist and agnostic diversity. This workshop will help you increase your knowledge of the varieties of expressions around values and meaning, issues of Christian privilege in our culture, and ways to be a more informed and supportive presence in the face of insensitivity or conflict. Sponsored by the Fish Interfaith Center. RSVP by emailing the Fish Interfaith Center. Contact Jen Ruby with any questions.


Teaching on Tap with Dr. Jana Remy

Hosted by Dr. Quaylan Allen

Monday, April 6, 6:00pm

Provisions Deli & Bottle Shop, 143 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

Jana Remy will offer ideas to foster inclusion in an active learning classroom, sharing strategies such as having the students create their own class rules, having silent class discussions within a googledoc, using Zoom to include students who are unable to attend a face-to-face class session, and gauging student engagement with reflective midsemester feedback. Sponsored by Office of Diversity & Inclusion and IETL. RSVP for Teaching on Tap with Dr. Jana Remy. Contact Erin Pullin with any questions.


Education in the Age of Disinformation

Facilitated by Dr. Ahmed Younis

Tuesday, April 7, 9:00am-10:30am

Argyros Forum 209C | Orange Campus

As state and non-state actors seize the online space and target students with disinformation, educators have a unique role in deconstructing the conspiracies that come to class. Dr. Younis will give an overview of what our students face and the tools available to parents, mentors, and educators to deal with disinformation that aims to shift attitudes and capitalize on identity. How do our students get their information? Where do they get it? How can we steer them to sources of knowledge that demystify the complexities of society in our time? Dr. Younis served in the Obama and Trump administrations as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Deputy Special Envoy in the US Department of State, and currently serves as Fellow in International Security at New America Foundation. Dr. Younis is also a faculty member in the Attallah College of Educational Studies. Sponsored by Office of Diversity and Inclusion. RSVP for Education in the Age of Disinformation. Contact Ahmed Younis with any questions.


Menu for the Future

Facilitated by Mackenzie Crigger

Thursday, April 9, 11:30am – 1:00pm

Argyros Forum 209C | Orange Campus

This workshop will explore the cultural, social and ecological implications of food consumption, as well as discuss food justice and food insecurity, based on varying factors. The event will examine the issue from a global and local perspective through a peer to peer learning format. Location will be sent once you RSVP. Sponsored by Facilities Management. RSVP for Menu for the Future. Contact Mackenzie Crigger with any questions.


Conversations on Queerness

Facilitated by Brian Powell

Monday, April 13, 1:00 pm-2:30pm

Argyros Forum 209C | Orange Campus

Sometimes you have to get a little uncomfortable to achieve true comfort. That’s the premise of this session, designed to be a frank and hard-hitting event during which attendees will hear personal narratives about historical contexts and microaggressions that inhibit LGBTQIA+ inclusivity even today, after which they will explore and celebrate how individuals (LGBTQIA+ or otherwise) can find “their voice” and authenticity in a heteropatriarchal society. Sponsored by Human Resources. RSVP for Conversations on Queerness. Contact Brian Powell with any questions.


Support for Veterans on Campus*

Facilitated by Blas Villalobos

Friday, April 17, 10:00am-11:00am

Veterans Resource Center, 526 N. Shaffer Street | Orange Campus (subject to change based on registrations)

Session will focus on ways Chapman University serves our student veteran/military family populations. Information covered will include the VA certification process and internal/external resources for veterans. Attendees will learn about challenges our student veterans/military families face, and how to support them as they face those challenges. Sponsored by the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) and Office of Admission. RSVP by emailing Blas Villalobos.


Effective Strategies for Supporting International Students on Campus

Facilitated by Dr. Raja Gopal Bhattar

Monday, April 20, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Argyros Forum 209C

International students bring significant knowledge and insights to our campus yet often feel alienated from classroom discussions, campus involvement and other opportunities. This interactive workshop will provide more intersectional understandings of who international students are and challenge us to question monolithic representations of this population. We will also share campus resources and individual strategies to enhance sense of belonging and connectedness across campus. The session will be presented by Dr. Raja Gopal Bhattar, whose work centers qualitative and quantitative approaches to intersectional identity development and the experiences of people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, first-generation students, Desi/South Asian students, and international students in higher education. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and International Student Services. RSVP for Effective Strategies for Supporting International Students on Campus. Contact Erin Pullin with any questions.


The Diversity & Inclusion Book Club

Facilitated by Erin Pullin

Will meet monthly based on member schedules in person or through Zoom

Want to engage in some learning focused on diversity and inclusion but perhaps you don’t have time to join a workshop this spring? This book club will endeavor to introduce a couple of books each semester and gather staff and faculty together for discussion of the texts in late March, and again in late April. The first book the group will read will be Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper. Dr. Brittney Cooper is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. RSVP for Diversity & Inclusion Book Club. Contact Erin Pullin with any questions.

*Some of the above workshops are available by request for locations on the Orange and Rinker campuses with various numbers of interested participants, please reach out to the contact listed with any questions or requests.

Ideas for future opportunities you’d like to see? Please email any ideas or recommendations to Erin Pullin at pullin@chapman.edu.