Diversity & Inclusion

Office of University Diversity and Inclusion

DEI Interns

Dolores Huerta, Vinny Torres, Emily Petatan Gonzalez ,Joanna Gazcon, Wesley Ahumada Newhart, Declan Galli, Cristian Ulisses Reyes, Nailah DuBose, Brian Luu, Ethan Gutterman, Ryan Carter, Alexis Espinoza, Dillan Watson  

The DEI Internship Program

A robust internship program designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in DEI programs and initiatives to strengthen their skills. Interns work on various projects that align with their interests and often, their area of study. Our interns come from diverse backgrounds and skill sets and contribute to Cal Poly's diverse and dynamic culture both inside and outside of their internship with OUDI. OUDI relies on our interns to provide essential day-to-day support in our office, as well as support to our many campus and community events.

Apply to be a DEI Student Intern  

The applications for the AY 2024-2025 DEI Student Internship position are now open!  

Ideal candidates would demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at Cal Poly and an interest in receiving professional development in the following specialization areas:  

  • Event Planning and Campus Outreach
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Initiatives  
  • Black Student Success Initiatives
  • Social Media Marketing and Graphic Design
  • Website Editing and Management  

Applicants must be enrolled as a Cal Poly undergraduate student during AY24-25 and willing to work at least 15 hours per week at a rate of $20 per hour.  

If you have any questions about job description, job qualifications, application process, interview timeline, or hiring paperwork requirements feel free to reach out to Diana Ortiz Giron at dortizgi@calpoly.edu.

Spring Quarter Recruitment Timeline  

  • April 15: Application Opens
  • April 28: Applications Close
  • April 29 – May 3: Review Applications
  • May 9 – May 14: 1st Round Interviews
  • May 23 – May 24: 2nd Round Group Interviews
  • May 27 – May 29: Intern Offers
  • June 3 – 14: Hiring Paperwork  

Positions will begin fall quarter of 2024 with interns being required to attend our Fall Orientation on Thurs, Sept 19, 2024 – Fri, Sept 20, 2024 (for students residing on campus we will work with Campus Housing to ensure early residential access).  

Note: if you are seeking an academic department internship placement, you are welcome to apply to any of our DEI Student internship roles and if granted a position you will be able to fulfill your academic internship requirements with compensation from our office. For questions please reach out to Diana Ortiz Giron at dortizgi@calpoly.edu to learn more about this process.

OUDI Internship Benefits  

  • Be a part of dynamic and diverse team of multi-talented interns
  • Receive DEI educational and skill-based professional development
  • Attend intern retreats, end of quarter celebrations, and intern bonding events
  • Learn by doing exposure to the inner works of higher education DEI leadership
  • Potential reference or letters of recommendations for future academic and career opportunities 

How to Apply   

  1. Download the OUDI Intern Job Description AY24-25.pdf. 
  2. Fully complete the OUDI Intern Application AY24-25.pdf.
  3. Create/update your resume and rename it [First Last_Resume.pdf].
  4. Submit all application materials to DEI Student Intern Application Form.
  5. Save the date for 1st round interviews and 2nd ground interview dates.
  6. For candidates that make it to our 2nd round interviews we will follow up 1st round interviews with a potential assignment depending on the specialization area.


Learn about our past Interns:

Click to view past OUDI Interns

OUDI Graduate Student Intern 2023-2024

Selina Jaimes Davila

Vinny Torres 

Any pronouns 

DEI Grad Student Intern

vtorre20@calpoly.edu

Vinny is pursuing a Master of Science in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs (HECSA). Vinny helps support the interns in their work by providing group and one-on-one support to ensure DEI goals and initiatives are successfully achieved. He also serves as the resident advisor for the Huerta Lewis Social Justice Residential Learning Community. Here, he supports the residents with programming, events, and community to foster an environment that encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Outside of OUDI, Vinny is currently serving as President of the Cal Poly Drag Club.

OUDI Undergrad Student Interns 2023-2024

Wesley Ahumada Newhart

Declan Galli

he/him

communications Student Intern 

degalli@calpoly.edu

Declan is a 5th year music major, concentrating in vocal performance. In OUDI he serves as a communication, design, and marketing student assistant. He will help the office further establish the OUDI brand, developing print and digital assets.

Outside of OUDI he is helping to establish a Music department DEI task force, charged with furthering the HSI goals at Cal Poly. he also performs regularly with Cal Poly choirs, where he serve as president, in quarterly voice recitals, and is preparing for a senior recital.

Wesley Ahumada Newhart

Wesley Ahumada Newhart

he/him

DEI Student Intern 

Wcnewhar@calpoly.edu

Wesley is a 5th year Political Science Student with a Global Politics concentration and double minoring in Spanish and City and Regional Planning. He assists OUDI on HSI work and website development. He also provides support to the staff and the office during events and in office management.

Outside of OUDI he serves the Transfer Student Advisory Council, CLA Diversity Committee, is a Latin American studies student assistant, and is President of the Political Science Club.

Cristian Ulisses Reyes

Cristian Ulisses Reyes

he/him/él

ASI, HSI & DEI Student Intern 

creyes37@CALPOLY.EDU

Cristian is a 4th year Child Development major, with Minors in Ethnic Studies, Equity in Education, and Queer Studies. He serves as the ASI Liaison for OUDI, where he works on bringing OUDI updates to ASI, as well as ASI updates to OUDI. He also assists with HSI work, where OUDI has worked on initiating and strengthening Cal Poly's status as an HSI.

Outside of OUDI, he serves as the Secretary of Diversity and Inclusion on ASI's Executive Cabinet and is the chair of the College of Liberal Arts Student Diversity Committee. He is also affiliated with Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc, a Student Ambassador Fellow for Today's Students Coalition, and a FIERCE Fellow with the Education Trust-West.

Brian Luu

Brian Luu

he/him/his

DEI Student Intern 

bluu06@calpoly.edu

Brian is a 5th year Kinesiology major with a sports science concentration and a minor in biology. His primary focus in the office is event planning but he also supports the office and other interns.

Outside of OUDI Brian has served as a Polycultural Weekend Coordinator and a Men & Masculinity Program Student Assistant.

Nailah DuBose

Nailah DuBose

She/her/hers

Black Initiatives & DEI Student Intern 

ndubose@calpoly.edu

Nailah is a 3rd year student double majoring in psychology and communications with a minor in exercise & sports studies. In the OUDI office she serves as the liaison for the Black Initiatives Task Force, Multicultural Programming Grant, and assisting with our partnerships with Texture, Race Matters SLO, and Fortune Schools of Education.

Outside of OUDI, she serves as President of the Black Student Union and is a member of the CLA Student Diversity Committee.

Joanna Gazcon

Joanna Gazcon

she/her/ella

HSI & DEI Student Intern

jgazcon@calpoly.edu

Joanna is a 4th year business administration major concentration in Accounting and Minoring in Spanish. As an OUDI Intern, she was selected to co-lead the HSI Taskforce in achieving different initiatives including student outreach, event logistics, or collaborating with the other interns.

Outside of OUDI, she is president of the Latinx Cultural Association and is a mentor for the Cal Poly Scholars Program.

Ryan Carter

Ryan Carter

they/them/theirs 

DEI Student Intern

rlawre03@calpoly.edu

Ryan is a Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering and Studio Art. their primary role is to design informational materials that help convey the mission and values of OUDI, as well as create engaging social media posts to spread awareness. They also provide office support to ensure the success of the OUDI team's initiatives.

Outside of OUDI, they are a member of the Inclusive Restroom Committee.

Ethan Gutterman

Ethan Gutterman

he/him

BEACON & DEI Student Intern

egutterm@CALPOLY.EDU

Ethan is a 4th year History Major minoring in Ethics and Public Policy of Science and Technology. He serves as the BEACoN student intern helping Dr. Kelly Bennion ensure the program can deliver the best possible research and mentorship experiences for students and faculty. Beyond this, he helps with website development, event preparation, and general office management. 

Outside of OUDI, he competes with the Cal Poly Debate team and is Co-Chair of the Young Democratic Socialists of America at Cal Poly.

Emily Petatan Gonzalez 

Emily Petatan Gonzalez 

she/her/ella

Transfer & DEI Student Intern

epetatan@calpoly.edu

Emily is a 4th-year sociology major concentrating in organizations and minoring in ethnic studies. She serves as a DEI Intern & Transfer Liaison working to enhance the transfer experience to become more transfer friendly. Her role entails working with transfer students to promote academic success after transition to Cal Poly's campus. She also supports transfer students through one-to-one peer coaching sessions.

Outside of OUDI she serves on the College of Liberal Arts Student Diversity Committee, College of Liberal Arts Student Advisory Council, and Association of Transfer Students

Dillan Watson

Dillan Watson  

she/her/hers

DEI Student Intern

diwatson@calpoly

Dillan is a second year architecture major. Her role at OUDI is general office support. She gets to help with each of the many projects the other interns and staff are working on. 

Outside of OUDI she is apart of the BSU (Black Student Union) and MUSA (Multiracial Students' Association). 

Alexis Espinoza 

Alexis Espinoza 

he/him/his

HSI & DEI Student Intern

avespino@calpoly.edu

Alexis is an industrial technology and packaging major with a concentration in industrial technology His role in OUDI is to serve as an HSI Task Force Initiatives intern. He organizes and attend booting events while passionately representing and supporting the Latinx community, aiming to create fun and inclusive experiences for everyone.

Outside of OUDI, he is a Metals Production Lab Technician, a member of Poly Pack, and the Industrial Technology Society.

 

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