The Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) will host a Collective Impact Forum open to all Cal Poly students, faculty and staff Friday, Nov. 2

Collective Impact is a group composed of students, faculty and staff that serves as a “Container for Change” by rallying multiple campus groups around a common agenda and increasing diversity and inclusion measures. OUDI leaders began to discuss this “backbone organization” method in 2017, focusing on three different strategy groups: curriculum, campus climate and recruit and retain.

This year’s forum will be from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion.

Vice President for University Diversity and Inclusion Jozi De Leon will oversee everything from recommendations discussed in the beginning stages of change to their approval and when they are put into action.

“We are a community that is committed to diversity, inclusive community building, equity, cultural humility and social justice as important aspects of everything we do,” read the final report for the previous Collective Impact Forum.

The curriculum strategy group will focus on Learn by Doing, General Education and Faculty Professional Development. To put their plans into action, the group will focus on retention of faculty and staff of color, faculty and staff training and strategic hiring.

The campus climate team will strive to improve communication strategies among faculty, staff, students and allyship. The team plans to work on an updated campus-wide survey to review campus websites and exit interviews of departing staff.

The recruit and retain strategy team has goals to improve community outreach and education, recruitment and enrollment management and mentoring.

Collective Impact members’ short-term goals are to develop strategies and actions that will improve campus climate, infuse diversity, inclusion, and social justice into the curriculum and recruit and retain under- served and underrepresented students.

In the long run, the group hopes to eliminate the achievement gap between traditionally underrepresented students and others. They also hope to create a campus curriculum and campus policies that are driven by Cal Poly’s diversity and inclusion values and represent California demographics among students, staff and faculty accurately.

Anyone can join one of the strategy groups to get involved. Anyone involved is not limited to one group. Strategy groups meet monthly.

Editor’s Note: The location of the Diversity and Inclusion Collective Impact Forum has been updated to the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. 

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