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Cal Poly President's Diversity Awards

The President’s Diversity Awards celebrates members of the Cal Poly community who have exhibited a commitment to diversity. The awards are an opportunity to recognize individual members from the faculty, staff, and student communities as well as contributions from a recognized student organization and university group. 

Following is a list of the nominees for the 2017 President's Diversity Awards with *stars* next to the finalists and the awardees listed in bold

Student Award Nominees

Zulema Aleman*

Rotem Drori*

Frank Gaspar

Jason Lu

Christine Rose Nunez*

Carla Pangan*

Hannah Poplack

Aliyah Purnell*

Kevin Rubow

Rubia Siddiqi*


Faculty Award Nominees

Sarah Bridger, History

Kathy Chen, Materials Engineering*

Kurt Colvin, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Gregg Fiegel, Civil & Environmental Engineering

John Hampsey, English

Denise Isom, Ethnic Studies*

Lisa Kawamura, Communication Studies*

Jenell Navarro, Ethnic Studies*

Liz Schlemer, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Thomas Trice, History

Grace Yeh, Ethnic Studies*


Staff Award Nominees

Justin Gomez, Orfalea College of Business Advising*

Bryan Hubain, Cross Cultural Centers

Lauren Irwin, Center for Leadership*

Virginia McMunn, School of Education*

Joy Pedersen, Dean of Students Office

Samantha Tran, Multicultural Center*

Nancy Wardlaw, University Relations

Kayley Weldon, Women's & Gender Studies*


Campus Organization/Department Nominees

Alternative Breaks

Cal Poly Machine Shops

Career Services*

Center for Service in Action!

Dean of Students Office

Multicultural Business Program*

Queer Studies Working Group*


School of Education Counseling & Guidance Program

Undocumented Student Working Group*

Veterans Success Center


Student Group Nominees

American Indian Student Association*

Cal Poly College Republicans

Chinese Students' Association

CLA Student Diversity Committee*

Empower Poly Coalition

Lambda Sigma Gamma*

Mustangs United for Israel

Nu Alpha Kappa

Sigma Omega Nu

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers*

Women in Business*

Women in Software and Hardware


Past President's Diversity Award Winners

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