CPX Listening Sessions

We are listening. 

Thank you to everyone who attended one of the Cal Poly Experience (CPX) listening sessions. We had a wonderful response, and we appreciate your participation. We hope you participate in the CPX Survey starting April 9.

The sessions were confidential and open to the entire campus community. Different sessions were scheduled to create space for meaningful dialogue. We recognize that people’s identities are multi-faceted and complex. We hope you found a space to share your story.

Listening Sessions Schedule

March 12

Sessions TimeLocation
Panhellenic Members 11 a.m. to noon Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28)
Undocumented Students 11 a.m. to noon Science Building (No. 52), Room E11
General Faculty 1 to 2 p.m. Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 285
General Students 1 to 2 p.m. Science Building (No. 52), Room E28
Staff of Color 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 285
Students of Color 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Science Building (No. 52), Room E28
United Sorority and Fraternity Council members5 to 6 p.m. Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28)
General Staff 5 to 6 p.m. Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 241

The CPX research team met with the Inclusive Excellence Council, Student Affairs leadership, Academic Advising and ASI.

March 13

SessionsTimeLocation
Women Faculty and Staff


9 to 10 a.m.
Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 290





General Faculty 9 to 10 a.m. Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197), Room 104
Faculty of Color10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 290
LGBTQIA+ Students10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197), Room 104
Black Faculty and Staff noon to 1 p.m. Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 290
Black Students noon to 1 p.m. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 112
Latinx Students noon to 1 p.m. Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197), Room 104
General Students 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 112
Student-Athletes 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197), Room 104
Transfer Students 3 to 4 p.m.Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 220
Asian and Pacific Islander Students 3 to 4 p.m.Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197), Room 104
Spiritual and Religious Students 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 226
International Students4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197), Room 104

The CPX research team met with the President’s Leadership Council, the President’s Cabinet, University Strategic Planning, the Associate Dean’s Council, college deans and Academic Affairs leadership.

March 14

SessionsTimeLocation
General Staff
9 to 10 a.m.
UU 220
LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff 9 to 10 a.m.Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 290
General Student 11 a.m. to noon UU 220
Interfraternity Council (IFC) 11 a.m. to noon Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28)
American Indian and Indigenous Students, Faculty and Staff 11 a.m. to noon Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 290
Veterans and Veteran Dependents
noon to 1 p.m. Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28).
Latinx Faculty and Staff
noon to 1 p.m. UU 220
General Faculty
2 to 3 p.m. Faculty Offices East (No. 25), Room 125
Disabled Student, Faculty and Staff
2 to 3 p.m. Student Services (No. 124), Room 117
Students of Color
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.UU 218
Asian and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.UU 216

The CPX research team met with the Student Diversity Advisory Council and Development leadership.

Cal Poly encourages inclusivity in all its programs and activities.  If you have questions about event accessibility or anticipate needing any type of disability-related accommodation, including (but not limited to) physical access or Deaf/Hard of Hearing services, please contact the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion at 805-756-2250 or email diversity@calpoly.edu in advance of your participation or visit. Accommodation requests should be made as soon as possible but at least five days prior to the event.

A care page has been created with campus resources for those needing additional support. Learn more at https://diversity.calpoly.edu/cpx/care/.

CPX Listening Session FAQs

Questions? Email diversity@calpoly.edu.

Are the sessions confidential? 
Yes, all information shared during the sessions will be treated confidentially. Participants are asked to keep information shared during these sessions confidential.

How do I sign up? 
Reservations are not required. The meeting times and dates will be posted online and promoted broadly throughout campus.

Who will lead the sessions?
Cal Poly has partnered with diversity, equity and inclusion expert Damon A. Williams and his team at the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation to facilitate CPX Listening Sessions and the CPX Survey. Williams is a diversity, equity and inclusion expert and one of the founding architects of the “Inclusive Excellence Model,” a framework that helps institutions fully integrate their diversity, equity and educational quality efforts and embed them into the core of academic mission and institutional operations.
Williams authored the best-selling book “Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education” and co-authored the first book ever written on the chief diversity officer role. He heads the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy and the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation. He has worked with more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Fortune 100 companies and nonprofit organizations.

Can student employees participate in the sessions during work hours? 
If you’re a student who works on campus, you may arrange with your supervisor to participate during work hours. 

What will happen to the information that’s shared?
The information gathered through the CPX Listening Sessions and CPX Survey will be used to assess current perspectives, attitudes and experiences related to diversity, equity and inclusion at Cal Poly. The data will support the development and refinement of the university’s programs and services to create a more equitable, inclusive campus community for all. The information will help build action plans to this goal, and set scientifically valid metrics for monitoring the diverse experiences of students, faculty and staff over time.

When will the results be available?
The aggregate data from the listening session and the survey will be shared with the campus community in fall of 2019.