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Diversity in Cal Poly Athletics: How teams are more white than the university as a whole

In April of 2018, a string of racist events on Cal Poly’s campus drew international attention and prompted the university to take action — from calling on California’s Attorney General to investigate the blackface incident, to establishing a $243,000 partnership with diversity specialist Damon Williams. Cal Poly’s ubiquitous lack of diversity was even found to […]

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It’s been one year since the blackface incident. Where is Cal Poly’s campus climate now?

“Disappointed, but not surprised.” When sociology and psychology senior Olivia Gore’s phone lit up with messages regarding a photo of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity member Kyler Watkins donning blackface next to another fraternity member in a bandana and a drawn-on teardrop last April, she said she felt jaded; that it was not the most outlandish […]

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Thursday is the final day to have your voice heard through CPX listening sessions

As part of Cal Poly’s $243,000 partnership with Diversity Specialist Damon Williams and his Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation Team, the Cal Poly Experience (CPX) campaign was released Feb. 28. The first stage of the new diversity initiative includes listening sessions on March 12-14. About 50 sessions were scheduled and are based […]

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Bicycle citations around campus are increasing: Here is what you need to know

Cal Poly students have noticed an increase in biking citations for those commuting to campus, sparking interest over whether the University Police Department (UPD) is cracking down on traffic violations this year. The intersection at California St. and Foothill Blvd. has become a recurring spot for traffic violations on bikes, according to reports from multiple […]

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Princeton University professor talks Black Lives Matter and Black liberation

Author and assistant professor at Princeton University Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor spoke about black politics, social movements and racial inequality at the Performing Arts Center on Feb. 21 to conclude the Inclusion Starts With Me Teach In series, which focused on diversity and inclusion. Taylor is the author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.” According to Associate […]

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Change the Status Quo conference will focus on social justice, white privilege and allyship

After 17 years, the annual Cal Poly Center for Service in Action Change the Status Quo conference finally has a theme: redefining boldness. This year’s conference will take place on Feb. 22 and 23 and will incorporate workshops, guest speakers and sessions to address issues like social justice, white privilege and white allyship to inspire […]

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What you need to know about Cal Poly’s partnership with Damon Williams and new Inclusive Excellence Action Plan

Thursday, Jan. 24, in Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) announced a $243,000 partnership with diversity expert Damon Williams to start the Cal Poly Inclusive Excellence Action Plan, which aims to create a more diverse environment within the university. Williams is a diversity, equity and inclusion expert who […]