April, 2018

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Cal Poly's President's Diversity Awards

The Inclusive Excellence Council is Seeking Nominations for Cal Poly's President's Diversity Awards. 
Nominations are Due by Friday, 4/13, 5PM.

Nominate an individual faculty, staff, or student, campus or student organization, or our new "Excellence in Inclusive Design" award for a chance to win $500 for individual and design awards and $1,000 for campus and student groups.
The nomination form is available here

Recipients will be announced at the President's Diversity Awards ceremony on 5/10 2-4PM in the PAC Lobby.

April 4 (Wednesday)

"ATOG: Another Type of Groove"
Chumash Auditorium
8- 10 PM

ATOG will be celebrating both Pride Month and SWANA (South West Asian North African) Month. Doors open at 7:30pm. Sign up to perform at the door! Sponsored by the Cross Cultural Centers.

April 4 (Wednesday)

"Cesar Chavez Celebration"
UU Plaza 
11 AM- 1 PM

Join MEXA in celebrating Cesar Chavez! 

April 9 (Monday)

"Writing for All Children" with Angela Dominguez 
Pacheco Elementary School
(261 Cuesta Drive, SLO)

6- 7:30 PM

Come join Angela Dominguez, a children's book author, for her visit and book signing. Dominguez is a two-time Pura Belpre illustration honoree and will discuss her work and the importance of writing for all children.  Sponsored by the Cal Poly School of Education's Spanish Authorization for Bilingual Educators (SABE) Program.

April 9 (Monday)

"SWANA Heritage Month Movie Night"
UU 221
6- 9 PM

Come join the Cross Cultural Centers for a free screening of "The Salesman"! This Iranian film by Asghar Farhadi won an Oscar for best international film in 2017. The film screening will be followed by a discussion.

April 10 (Tuesday)

"Dolores" Film Viewing
Spanos Theatre
6- 8 PM

In honor of Cesar Chavez Day, come join the Cross Cultural Center and OUDI in viewing "Dolores". Raising 11 children while wrestling with gender bias, union defeat and victory, and nearly dying after a San Francisco Police beating, Dolores Huerta bucks 1950's gender conventions to co-found the country's first farmworkers union. 

April 11 (Wednesday)

"Exposing Hidden Bias" Workshop 
Bldg. 36, Rm. 105
9- 11 AM

Come learn about diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly, how to recognize areas where unconscious bias may surface, identify strategies for avoiding bias, and learn of resources available for additional learning and involvement.  Sponsored by Employee and Organization Development and OUDI. 

Please click here to view available sessions and register. 

April 12 (Thursday)

"Undergraduate Research at Cal Poly in All Disciplines: A Mentor/Mentee Panel"
Bldg.186, Rm. C303

11:10 AM- 12 PM


Come join this panel in exploring the benefits of conducting research together and strategies for successful collaborations. Panelists include Cal Poly faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates who have worked together as researchers. Light refreshments will be provided!

Sponsored by LSAM in coordination with the Undergraduate Research Association, OUDI's BEACoN Mentor Program, and the Office of the Dean of Research.


April 12 (Thursday)

"Responding to Hidden Bias" Workshop
UU 220

8- 10 AM


This workshop is at the request of those who already attended the Exposing Hidden Bias workshops focused on increasing awareness of unconscious bias and strategies for avoiding its impact in our work and relationships.  We encourage attendance at the Exposing Hidden Bias workshop as a baseline prior to registering for the Responding to Hidden Bias workshop. Sponsored by Employee and Organization Development and OUDI.

Please click here to view available sessions and register. 

April 18 (Wednesday)

"Rape in the Fields" Film Screening
Phillips Hall (Bldg. 6, Rm. 124)
6- 8 PM

Come join Safer in viewing "Rape in the Fields", a documentary about the sexual abuse of farmworkers, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

April 19 (Thursday)

"Black Men and the Perpetrator Stereotype" Speaker Series
UU 218
11 AM- 12 PM

Join the Men and Masculinity Program in exploring the intersections of racism and sexual assault. Guest speaker, Mardel Baldwin will co-host a discussion about the history of the perpetrator stereotype, how it has affected black men, and how this can inform our efforts to combat racism. This event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness month.

April 19 (Thursday)

"Don't Believe the Hype: The Radical Elements of Hip Hop" Art Exhibit
Kennedy Library, 2nd Floor
4- 6 PM

This is an exhibit showcasing the five elements of hip-hop culture: graffiti writing, breakdancing, deejaying, emceeing, and knowledge production—utilized to speak truth and justice to social ills in the United States and beyond. Collaborative and participatory — the exhibit integrates faculty and student-driven scholarship, creativity, and curation to showcase the conscious roots of hip-hop culture as an important narrative role in telling a corrective history of urban life in the face of racism, classism, and sexism. “Don’t Believe the Hype” is the work of Dr. Jenell Navarro and Cal Poly student curators in collaboration with Kennedy Library, Ethnic Studies, and Architecture. 

April 20 (Friday)

"Operation: Hip Hop"
UU Plaza Stage
6 PM

Featuring performances by FLAK MOB Rappers, SLO Breakers, UCSBreakin'. Sponsored by the Music Production Union.

April 24 (Tuesday)
"Racialization of the Muslim"
UU 220
6- 9 PM

Part of SWANA Heritage Month, this event will include a presentation by Mehra Gharibian followed by a panel discussion from diverse voices of the Cal Poly SWANA community. Sponsored by the Cross Cultural Centers.

April 24 (Tuesday)
"Gender Equity in the Workplace" Discussion
Career Services (Bldg. 124, Rm. 117)
11 AM- 12 PM

Come to this empowering panel discussion to learn effective strategies for how to identify, develop and maximize your strengths as you navigate gender-based challenges in your career. This event is open to all students.

April 25 (Wednesday)

"Denim Day: Wear Jeans for Justice"
UU 208 and everywhere!
8- 9 AM 

Wear your jeans on 4/25 and come to our coffee kick off event 8-9AM in Chandler Lounge! Denim Day began in 1999 as part of an international protest of an Italian High Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the survivor was wearing jeans. The judge said she must have helped the perpetrator remove the jeans and thus wasn't "really" raped. This verdict became a symbol of the injustice sexual assault survivors face all over the world and a call to stop victim blaming. Sponsored by OUDI and Safer. 

April 26 (Thursday)

Teach On Series: "White Skeptics"
Bldg. 10, Rm. 220
11AM- 12 PM

Come learn about "White Skeptics" from Megan Lambertz-Berndt of Communication Studies. This is part of OUDI's "Teach On!" series, which stemmed from the overwhelmingly positive response form the Winter Teach-In. 

April 26 (Thursday)

"Take Back the Night" Ally March
Dexter Lawn
11 AM- 12 PM

Sponsored by Safer as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

April 26 (Thursday)

"50/50 Day: A Gender Balanced World" Film Viewing and Discussion
Kennedy Library
12- 1 PM

What would the world be like if it were more gender-balanced? How would it change our homes, our communities and even our planet?  From opportunity, to access to equal pay, and much more, 50/50 Day is committed to helping everyday people become champions and active participants in the changes our world so desperately needs.  On April 26th, Cal Poly will be joining thousands around the world who will be screening the 50/50 Day film and engaging in discussions about how we are going to get to a more gender balanced world that is better for everyone.  Check out some highlights from the 2017 event and come join us on 4/26! Facilitated by Employee and Organization Development, Kennedy Library, and OUDI.

April 26 (Thursday)

"Take Back the Night: Downtown SLO"
Mission Plaza SLO
6- 8:30 PM

Take Back the Night is an annual, international event that seeks to support survivors of sexual violence and end sexual and domestic violence. Sponsored by Safer as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Additional Events

CTLT Winter 2018 Book Circles

The CTLT hosts book circles throughout the academic year and during summers. They are open to all Cal Poly faculty and staff. Selected books draw from a broad array of genres and fields. 

For more information, please visit the CTLT website.

Book and Learning Circles 

Employee and Organization Development offers Book and Learning Circles for Cal Poly's employees.

For more information, please visit their website.

Collective Impact Approach

Cal Poly is engaging in a Collective Impact approach to addressing diversity and inclusion. Find out more on OUDI's website here: and to sign up for a strategy group, visit our sign up page here:


UnDocuAlly Trainings

Join the Undocumented Student Working Group in support of undocumented students at Cal Poly. Become an official "Ally" by attending these three trainings. More information is available at undocu.calpoly,edu.
Jozi De Leon,Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion, 
 Denise Isom, Associate Faculty 756-7388
 Kari Mansager, Program Director, 756-7367
Staci Shoals, Executive Assistant 756-2250
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