Making Cal Poly Excellent Through Diversity and Inclusion
Cal Poly strives for Inclusive Excellence, the idea that in order to be excellent, an institution is constantly evolving toward becoming more diverse, equitable and inclusive. The university recognizes and celebrates the value of the different viewpoints, knowledge, cultures and skills that diverse communities bring to the educational experience.
Inclusive Excellence is the engine that drives diversity and inclusion efforts at Cal Poly. The Inclusive Excellence model is built on the following principles:
Consistent with Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy, we believe that all of our students will best develop these abilities by living and learning in a diverse and inclusive environment.
Ultimately, the goal is that our campus — students, faculty and staff — should reflect the diversity of California. For that to be possible, everyone must rightly believe that they are welcome at Cal Poly because they feel welcome in an inclusive community.
Inclusive Excellence Council
Cal Poly’s Inclusive Excellence Council is a universitywide standing committee composed of faculty, staff and students who advise the campus Chief Diversity Officer on ways of implementing the Inclusive Excellence model.
The Council, in consultation with campus leaders:
Meetings are held regularly during the fall, winter, spring and summer quarters, at the discretion of the co-chairs. All committee members are voting members. Faculty and staff representatives serve three-year terms. Student representatives serve two-year, staggered terms. Members may be reappointed.
Each year, the Council honors faculty, staff, students, campus recognized student groups and campus groups, with Cal Poly Diversity Awards. The nominations are received each Spring quarter and winners in each category announced at the Cal Poly Diversity Awards reception in May of each year. For a list of nominees and awardees, go to the President’s Diversity Awards page.