Session Descriptions

Strategic Diversity Leadership Institute

Day One – Thursday, October 17

Embracing the Journey Toward Inclusive Excellence: Unpacking the CPX Survey 

This keynote session by Dr. Damon A. Williams will feature the first formal presentation of the Cal Poly Experience (CPX) Survey data and insights gathered in Spring 2019. Participants will learn more about the study’s key findings and data implications for Cal Poly’s campus. This session will be live-streamed.

Recommended audience: all community members

Presented by Dr. Damon A. Williams 
11:10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cal Poly Recreation Center, Multi-Activity Center
ASL interpreters will be present; this session will be live-streamed.

Livestream link: https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/424489514 


Day Two – Friday, October 18

The Cheetah and the Wolf: Activating Change at Cal Poly 

This plenary session will discuss some of the best-in-class case study approaches to leading diversity and inclusion change at a large, highly selective research institution. Participants will learn how to infuse Accountability, Incentives, Infrastructure, and Resources (AIIR) into strategic planning efforts. This session includes a formal rollout of tools and resources to activate campus-wide dialogues about CPX research and next steps for the university.

Recommended audience: all community members

Presented by Dr. Damon A. Williams & Katrina Wade-Golden
10:30 a.m.-noon
Cal Poly Recreation Center, Multi-Activity Center

Livestream link: https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/100874811 


Panel Discussion – Creating an Everyday Culture of Inclusion: Strategies for Improving the Campus Climate at Cal Poly
In partnership with the Student Leadership Institute 

Join us for a moderated panel discussion featuring external higher education professionals and researchers. The panel will help define campus climate and what it means to create and everyday culture of inclusion, discuss evidence-based practices and techniques for improving campus climate, and share strategies for creating inclusive classrooms for all levels of leadership.

Recommended audience: all community members

Moderated by Dr. Damon A. Williams, Panelists: Dr. Jesus Trevino, Dr. Brandy Bryson & Cal Poly Community Members
1:10-2:30 p.m.
Cal Poly Recreation Center, Multi-Activity Center

Livestream link: https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/929038667 


Infusing Diversity and Inclusion Priorities into your Policies, Systems, and Approaches

This session will focus on sharing best practices, strategies, and policy recommendations that ensure diversity, equity and inclusion-related work is accounted for, recognized and assessed appropriately throughout annual review and planning processes.

Recommended audience: senior campus leaders and faculty

Presented by: Dr. Jesus Trevino

8:30-10 a.m.
Cal Poly Recreation Center, Multi-Activity Center
Livestream link: https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/856751880


Strengthening Access to Basic Needs at Cal Poly: Lessons from the Field

This session will focus on providing participants with both simple and complex strategies to better support and meet the basic needs of Cal Poly students, staff, and faculty.

Recommended audience: all community members

Presented by: Dr. Brandy Bryson & Dr. Sallye McKee

8:30-10 a.m.
yakʔitʸutʸu (No. 172H), Room 146
Livestream link: https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/126371376


Activating your Leadership for the Greater Good
In partnership with the Student Leadership Institute

Designed as a ‘Ted Talk’-like micro-lecture series on leadership, this session features activities to help participants develop their own leadership philosophies and strategies.

Recommended audience: students

Presented by: Dr. Damon A. Williams, DeVon Wilson & Deiadra Gardner

8:30-10 a.m.
Julian A. McPhee University Union, Room 220
Livestream link: https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/499578021


Understanding the Invisible Responsibilities of Faculty and Staff from Diverse Communities

This session will feature a presentation and candid facilitated discussion on the invisible responsibilities of diverse, multicultural faculty and staff members. Participants will learn how to proactively participate in fostering meaningful student, professional, and peer-mentor relationships.

Recommended audience: faculty and staff

Presented by: Dr. Sallye McKee, Dr. Jesus Trevino & Deiadra Gardner

3:10-4:30 p.m.
yakʔitʸutʸu (No. 172H), Room 146
Livestream link: https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/556086842


Closing the Graduation Gap: Foundations of High-Impact, Academic, and Leadership Success Programs for Diverse Students

This session will present evidence-informed strategies for supporting the academic achievements of diverse students. Participants will learn more about high-impact learning practices and how to design cohort-based learning experiences.

Recommended audience: all community members

Presented by: DeVon Wilson

3:10-4:30 p.m.
Warren J. Baker Center (No. 180), Room 114
Livestream link: https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/647775312


Strategies for Actively Demonstrating White Ally-ship
In partnership with the Student Leadership Institute

This session focuses on sharing the importance of demonstrating white ally-ship, increasing awareness, and sharing simple tactics to become better, more active allies for diverse, marginalized communities. This session is an extension of previous campus-wide discussions and events focused on white privilege, white guilt and white fragility.

Recommended audience: all community members

Presented by: Dr. Brandy Bryson

3:10-4:30 p.m.
Julian A. McPhee University Union, Room 220
Livestream link: https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/707508572


Leveraging the CPX Data for Institutional Research and Advancement 

Learn how the campus community can access data from the 2019 Cal Poly Experience (CPX) Research Study to advance diversity, equity and inclusion scholarship and overall institutional improvement efforts on campus.

Recommended audience: faculty and staff

Presented by: Dr. Katrina Wade-Golden

3:10-4:30 p.m.
Mott Athletics Center, (No. 42), Room 205E

Have questions? Email diversity@calpoly.edu.