March 2020

March is women's history month, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Women's history month provides an opportunity to reflect on the contributions women have made society, and to celebrate the all-too-often overlooked achievements and accomplishments of women through the ages. How will you mark women's history month?

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Watch an excerpt of an interview with Gerda Lerner, one of the foremothers of the study of women's history, as she talks about women's history and how women's contributions to society have been ignored for centuries.

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March Events

Disability Resource Center's Disability Tapas

Every Wednesday from 12:10-1:00PM in Building 124
Or attend via Zoom
  • Mar 4: Supporting Students with Psychological Disabilities II (Rm. 117)
  • Mar 11: Supporting Students with Autism (Rm. 117)

Campus Survey on Sexual Violence​

February 19 – March 18 • Links sent to all Cal Poly student emails
The Campus Survey on Sexual Violence is part of a university-wide attempt to investigate the prevalence, scope, and climate of sexual violence on campus. All current undergraduate and graduate students are asked to participate, regardless of personal experience with sexual violence. The survey includes questions about beliefs, opinions, experiences with, and knowledge about policies and procedures regarding sexual violence on campus. Answers to these questions will inform Cal Poly policies, prevention and intervention tools and student support systems.​ Questions? Email or call Safer • 756-2282, or the Office of Equal Opportunity • 756-6770.

Aspire to Grow Conference

Wednesday, March 4, 4:30–6:00PM, Followed by Reception • Performing Arts Center Pavilion
The 2020 Aspire to Grow Conference explores innovation in the food and agriculture sectors. The symposium will focus on new technologies and developments, and the role diversity of thought and experience plays in achieving these developments. Email Haley Marconett with questions or call 756-2933.

Breaking Down CAED's CPX Data: A Dialogue

Wednesday, March 4, 6:00-7:30PM • KTGY Gallery (Bldg. 21, Rm. 105)
The College of Architecture and Environmental Design will host a dialogue with students, faculty, and staff to discuss the college's CPX survey results.

State of Womxn

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 5:00-7:00PM • Advanced Technologies Laboratory (Bldg. 7), Keck Lab

The state of diversity events uses the voices and experiences of marginalized populations to inform strategies that can be used to help shift campus culture and challenge systemic norms, policies and processes that uphold the status quo.

State of Womxn is a panel event that brings the experiences of womxn identified individuals to light. This panel discussion will be a call to action to enhance and support initiatives. Light refreshments will be served.

Self-Care Week

Monday, March 9 – Friday, March 13 • KTGY Courtyard and Architecture Courtyard, Bldg. 5 & Bldg. 21

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design's Diversity + Inclusion Committee will be providing support and self-care packages during week 10. 

International Women's Day: An Equal World is an Enabled World

Tuesday, March 10, 11:00AM–12:30PM • University Union (Bldg. 65), Rm. 220

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality. Join us to hear panelists discuss their own experiences and learn more about what you can do to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, and improve situations for all. Email Jill Victorino with questions.

The No-State 'Solution': Palestine and the Question of Queer Theory, with Jasbir Puar

Tuesday March 10, 4:10PM • ATL (Bldg. 7) 
Dr. Puar will review nation-state based queer theory from the last three decades and explore what queer theories of anti-nationalism, non-nationalism, and no-state solutions could entail, converging with work in Black and Indigenous studies and movements in Palestine. Email the Women's, Gender, and Queer Studies Department or call 756-1525.

Therapy Dog Thursdays

Thursday, March 12, 11AM–1PM • Centennial Lawn

Campus Health and Wellbeing will provide therapy dogs on Thursday, March 12 from 11:00AM–1:00PM on Centennial Lawn. You can learn more about therapy dogs here.  

The College of Engineering Presents: A Conversation with Enrique Diaz

Thursday, March 12, 11:00AM-12:00PM • Advanced Technologies Laboratory
Former Apple Computer Engineer Enrique Diaz will speak from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 12, in the Advanced Technologies Laboratory (No. 7). Diaz came to California with his mother in 1970, and will speak about his experience being an undocumented immigrant, first-generation college student and Cal Poly alum who went on to become a research and development scientist for Apple Computer. You can read more about Diaz here.

Upcoming Events

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Friday, April 3, 7:00-9:00PM • Harold Miossi Hall, Performing Arts Center

This world-class, Los Angeles-based contemporary modern dance ensemble performs innovative and provocative choreography by founder Lula Washington, who has steadfastly focused on using dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African American history and culture. Join us for a free 30-minute Pre-Show Lecture at 7 p.m. in Philips Hall presented by Diana Stanton of the Cal Poly Dance Department.

Drum TAO 2020

Wednesday, April 15, 7:30-10:00PM • Harold Miossi Hall, Performing Arts Center

Following a successful Off-Broadway run, DRUM TAO is created through phenomenal performances and expressions consisting of incomparable “Wadaiko-drums” and the beautiful, mesmerizing melody of Japanese flutes and harps. Their artistry blends highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals.

Foundations of Gender and Sexuality

The Pride Center is offering a training for students, faculty, staff, and community members to learn more about the experiences of sexual and gender minorities at Cal Poly and in the greater San Luis Obispo area. The next training will take place on Thursday, April 9. Register online here. Email Samuel Byrd, Lead Coordinator for Campus LGBTQ+ Initiatives with questions.

Kinesiology 290: Gender- and Power-Based Violence Prevention

There are still spots available in KINE 290: Gender- and Power-Based Violence Prevention. The course reviews gender- and power-based violence through public health theories and prevention strategies, and looks at the issue along the three levels of prevention. Permission to enroll is needed, and students can email Meg Stuart to receive an enrollment code.

Cal Poly's OWN: Original Womxn's Narratives 2020

Cal Poly's OWN returns on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 6:30PM in Spanos Theater. You can read more about OWN here, and buy tickets here.

Inclusive Course Design Workshop

April 13 - May 17, 2020

This faculty cohort-based workshop provides an overview of Inclusive Course Design in higher education, including strategies to apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning to course materials, activities and assessments. Participants will apply UDL principles to increase access, reduce barriers, and improve the learning experience for all students. 30-40 hours total time commitment (6-8 hours per week). $300 stipend available for eligible faculty upon completion. Enrollment is limited; please register early. Email Pam Dogherty with any questions. 

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum Lecture

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, former president of Spelman College and author of Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race is coming to Moissi Hall at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center on ThursdayMay 14 from 6:00-7:30PM. Dr. Tatum will sign copies of her book following the talk in the PAC Lobby from 7:30-8:30PM . 

In the News

Continuing Education

Black Undergraduate Women and Their Sense of Belonging in STEM at Predominantly White Institutions

In this article, Dortch and Patel break down the ways microaggressions (i.e., microassults, microinsults, and microinvalidations), affect Black undergraduate women in STEM disciplines in PWIs. The authors describe how microaggressions become intersectional in the STEM context, and how the "double-bind" of being Black and a woman affects their relationships with white men and women, as well as Black men. Among their recommendations include providing institutional support for Black women in STEM disciplines in the form of learning communities "to specifically meet the racial, cultural, and gendered needs of Black women in the sciences" (p. 213). You can download a copy of the article here.
Dortch, D., & Patel, C. (2017). Black undergraduate women and their sense of belonging in STEM at predominantly white institutions. NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, 10(2), 202–215.
This video on microaggressions in the classroom provides some of the same information presented by Derald Wing Sue in his Distinguished Speaker Series presentation, but in a condensed format. This video provides a brief overview of microaggressions and provides some tips on how faculty can respond in the college classroom.

More Information


The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) will be be held from Wednesday, May 26 (pre-conference), through Saturday, May 30, in New York City. The Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) seeks to host a reception for Cal Poly attendees during the conference, and is collecting the names and contact information of people attending via this online form. Anyone who hasn't registered but would like to attend can contact Staci Robseboro ( for access to Cal Poly’s group discount rate.

FSA & Student Winter Mixer • LAST CHANCE!

To help build a more interconnected community on campus, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion is challenging each of the seven Faculty Staff Associations to hold a Winter Mixer with the goal of engaging students.

Each group will receive up to $300 to host a social mixer during the winter quarter to encourage faculty and staff members of the FSAs to build connections with students who share a similar identity.

Each FSA that holds a mixer during the winter quarter will be entered into a drawing to win an additional $300 to host a spring mixer.


  1. Plan a social mixer event, organized by FSA members, aimed at engaging students during the winter quarter (January - March).
  2. Take a group photo during the event and submit it with your reimbursement request to OUDI  ( by April 1st.
  3. OUDI will randomly select one FSA entry to receive an additional $300 to host another FSA/student mixer in the spring.

Join a Faculty/Staff Association

Are you a member of a Faculty/Staff Association (FSA)? Joining an FSA is a great way to meet new people, connect with old friends, and build community. For more information and to sign up, visit the FSA website

Cal Poly OUTList

The Pride Center is launching the Cal Poly OUTList, a resource tool created by the Pride Center to promote visibility, awareness, networking, and community among the Cal Poly and central coast community. The OUTList features profiles of staff, faculty, and affiliates at Cal Poly. Their presence on this list speaks to their willingness to be contacted as an informal resource for other faculty, staff and students.  It is not required that you identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community to be on this list and allies are encouraged to submit profiles. Learn more and submit your profile here.

Subscribe to the Men & Masculinity Program Newsletter

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Subscribe to the Cross Cultural Centers Newsletter

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Do you have an event you'd like to have included in the OUDI Monthly Newsletter? Please fill out this form to have your event considered for inclusion in the next OUDI Monthly Newsletter!
  • Forms are due by 5PM on the third Friday of every month;
  • Events may be advertised up to 2 months in advance, or longer in special circumstances;
  • Incomplete forms will not be considered;
  • Inclusion in the OUDI Newsletter is at the discretion of the OUDI staff.
Questions? Contact Ryan Adserias or call 805-756-1639.

Pet Corner

Say Hello to Tobin

Tobin is a 9-year-old miniature schnauzer and Emotional Support Animal (ESA) for Danielle Johnson, Lead Access Specialist at the DRC. Aside from providing support in the management of symptoms related to chronic illnesses, Tobin enjoys his blue racquetball, car rides, chasing crickets on the patio, and eating vegetables. He experienced brief fame when two poems written about him were published in poetry journals! If you keep an eye out, you’ll likely find photos of Tobin posted throughout the DRC.


Mimi is one of the newer residents at the Cal Poly Cat Program. She's believed to be middle-aged, and she's not especially fond of other cats. Though she's quite vocal, Mimi would prefer a quieter home, free from any children, dogs, or cats who might otherwise command the spotlight.

Read more about Mimi and the other Cal Poly Cat Program residents on their website.

Cat Facts

  • When asked by Mary Todd Lincoln if he had any hobbies,  Abraham Lincoln is said to have responded "Cats!"
  • One explanation for why cats "knead" their owners: they're marking them with scent glands on their paws
  • Not everyone considers black cats to be bad luck: sailors used to bring black cats aboard to bring good luck and keep the rodent population in check; and they're still considered lucky by some in Japan and Great Britain. 

    Watch this space for more cat facts in the next edition.

Submit to the Pet Corner

Do you have a furry (or not-so-furry) friend you'd like to see featured in the OUDI Monthly Newsletter? Submit a clear picture of your pet, their name, age, and a little about them and we'll feature them in a future edition!

Submissions can be made here, and are accepted on a rolling basis.
Questions? Contact Ryan Adserias or call 756-1639.
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