Diversity & Inclusion

Office of University Diversity and Inclusion

Campus and Educational Resources


Academic Personnel Policies

Find information on policies and procedures related to faculty hiring, cluster hires, contracts and student evaluations and more collated by Cal Poly’s Academic Personnel office.

Affordable Learning Solutions

A CSU-wide initiative to support student savings through the adoption of lower cost, high-quality course materials. Learn how members of the Cal Poly community are using low-cost and open resources in their courses.

Alumni Association Affinity Chapters

Explore Cal Poly’s alumni affinity chapters established to support and connect Cal Poly graduates around California and the nation. 

Bias Incident Reporting

BEACoN Mentoring Program

Faculty connect with Cal Poly students to mentor them via research projects and to help them navigate the university.

Black Academic Excellence Center (BAEC)

The Black Academic Excellence Center (BAEC) program is committed to supporting the advancement and excellence of Black students and Black student groups within the Cal Poly community.

Campus-Wide Allyship Trainings

An expansion of the currently offered Allyship workshops on Race & Ethnicity and Gender & Sexuality offered by the Cross Cultural Centers.

Career Services

Find professional organizations, clubs and job search tools tailored to different individuals interested in career development. 

Cal Poly Hunger Program

Find out where you can access meal vouchers, plus the food pantry on campus and in the community. All resources are free to students and confidential.

Campus Health and Wellbeing

All students have access to health services at the Cal Poly Health Center on campus, counseling services, and health education resources.

Cal Poly Cares Program

This fund provides cash awards to students in need. The fund is administered by the Student Affairs Division in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office.

The Cross Cultural Centers

Explore a host of spaces, peer networking programs and events created for students through Cal Poly’s Student Affairs Division. This unit houses the Gender Equity, Multicultural, and Pride Centers. 

Center for Military-Connected Students

The Center for Military-Connected Students is a central hub of information and support. We strive to provide comprehensive assistance to all military-connected students. The dedicated CMCS team supports students in accessing all military-related benefits. The center also helps in accessing campus and community resources and provides hands-on leadership opportunities while supporting each student's individual academic and personal growth.

The Center for Teaching, Learning, & Technology (CTLT)

Offers classroom related resources in diversity and inclusion, including an Inclusive Excellence Specialist and numerous workshops.

The Disability Resource Center

Cal Poly’s DRC provides information and support services to Cal Poly students with permanent and temporary disabilities, including on-campus transportation, assistive technology and note-taking.

DREAM Center

A safe, inclusive space for all undocumented students, those from mixed-status families, and their allies. We educate the campus community and support undocumented students’ access, persistence, graduation, and post-graduate pursuits.

Diversity and Inclusion Enrichment Grant

The grant provides funding to campus offices and organizations that host guest speakers at educational events aligned with the university’s Collective Impact initiatives.

Employment Equity Facilitator Program

Otherwise known as EEF, this training program helps faculty and staff ensure recruiting efforts follow law and operate free from discrimination.

Ethnic Studies Department

This department within the College of Liberal Arts is comprised of one of the most diverse, yet cohesive, student populations on campus. The program offers the Comparative Ethnic Studies major and minors in Ethnic Studies and Indigenous Studies in Natural Resources and the Environment. Ethnic Studies faculty also lead campus on a variety of diversity and inclusion projects.

Financial Aid

Explore the full spectrum of financial support options for students, including grants, loans and work-study programs

Gender Inclusive Restroom Resources

Use this map to find all-gender restrooms on campus.

I Am First Gen

Learn about resources available to first-generation students along with information and an introduction to the staff and faculty across the colleges who are first-generation college graduates.

International Center

Explore resources for international travel, study abroad programs, scholarships, and initiatives.

Kennedy Library Textbook Match

Search for free e-book versions of required text books via the Kennedy Library.

Lactation Support Program

Find accommodations available for expecting and new mothers, supporting their transition back into the workplace or classes after the birth of their child. 

Multicultural Engineering Program

Engineering students have access to advising services, tutoring, resume resources, scholarships, industry connections, lab and lounge space and other support. The programs helps students traditionally underrepresented in engineering disciplines to persist and graduate.

Multicultural Business Program

This program within the Orfalea College of Business provides personal, academic and career development services for traditionally underserved and historically underrepresented minority students of all abilities. Students can connect with mentors, career opportunities and professional development tools specific to business.



Find advocacy and prevention resources for sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking, like confidential crisis lines and counseling. 

Student Academic Services

Students can access academic services, personal and career advising, and activities designed to assist you in excelling at Cal Poly and in enhancing your learning skills. SAS houses programs like Educational Opportunity Program, CP Scholars, Student Support Services, TRIO Achievers and Upward Bound. 

Student Clubs

Dive into a complete directory of all recognized student clubs, including cultural & religious organizations. 

Student Ombuds Services

The office offers a safe place to go for assistance in resolving any university related issue, concern, conflict or complaint. All communications with the office are strictly confidential, informal, impartial and independent.

The Office of Equal Opportunity

The Office of Equal Opportunity (Includes TItle IX): Cal Poly SLO’s Office of Equal Opportunity works strategically within the University to promote an inclusive campus environment, in line with campus policies, as well as Federal and State mandates.


Louise Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation (LSAMP)

LSAMP helps underrepresented students fully participate in STEM disciplines via financial assistance, advising, networking and professional development.

Parent and Family Programs

This program is Cal Poly’s hub for parents and supporters. Access regular updates on Cal Poly, connect with others in the Mustang community, and explore resources you can use to help support your student’s success. 

Mentorship Resources

Faculty mentorship plays a critical role in the success of all students and an inclusive campus climate. Use the links below to explore research on best practices for inclusive mentorship. 

1. Cross Cultural Mentorship
Mentoring College Students: A Critical Review of the Literature Between 1990 and 2007. Author(s): Gloria Crisp and Irene Cruz

Mentoring across Cultures. Author(s): Betty Neal Crutcher

Cross-Cultural Mentoring: A Pathway to Making Excellence Inclusive. Author(s): Betty Neal Crutcher

Mentoring Relationships in Cross Cultural Research Collaboration teams; An Exploratory Study. Author(s): Maria Ferrera, Luisa Varriale

Cross-Cultural Mentoring as a Context for Learning. Author(s): Juanita Johnson-Bailey, Ronald M. Cervero

Mentoring College-Age Women: A Relational Approach. Author(s): Belle Liang

Cultural Awareness in International Mentoring: A Model for Enhancing mentoring Relationships. Author(s): Bramwell Osula, Steve M. Irvin.

2. Cross Cultural Teaching
Internationalization of Higher Education: Preparing: Faculty to Teach Cross-culturally. Author(s): Anita Gopa

3. Supporting First-Generation Students
Moving Beyond Access: College Success for Low-Income, First-Generation Students. Author(s): Federal Pell Grant Report

4. International Awareness and Competency
Theory Reflections: Intercultural Competence Framework/Model. Author(s): D.K. Deardorff

Intercultural Competence Model: D.K. Deardorff

5. Research and Mentoring
Reluctant Mentors and Resistant Protégés: Welcome to the “Real” World of Mentoring. Author(s): Hansman, 2016

Race without Racism: How Higher Education Researchers Minimize Racist Institutional Norms. Author(s): Shaun R. Harper

From Mentor to Mentoring Networks: Mentoring in the New Academy. Author(s): Mary Deane Sorcinelli, Jung Yun.

6. Mentoring and the Student Experience
Student Perceptions of Campus Cultural Climate by Race. Author(s): Julie R. Ancis, William E. Sedlacek, and Jonathan J. Mohr

Cross Cultural Mentoring: Exploration through the Lens of African-American Students. Author(s): Rehana Seepersad, Kimberly Hagood-Elliott, Kathy-Ann Lewis, and Samantha L. Strickland

Faculty and Staff Associations

Faculty Staff Associations (FSAs) are social and community-building groups for Cal Poly faculty, staff, and graduate students in some cases. The FSAs host a variety of events, programs, and initiatives including socials, social justice efforts, mentorship with students, educational opportunities, and more.


The Office of Equal Opportunity (Includes Title IX)

This office helps Cal Poly operate within the confines of state and federal regulations.

UndocuAlly Working Group

Join faculty, staff and administrators as they collaborate to provide support, resources, and a network of allies for undocumented students.

United Sorority & Fraternity Council

Find a multicultural Greek organizations at Cal Poly or discover ways to lead intra-council communication and cultural awareness among Greeks on campus.

University Housing

Check out programs for cultural inclusion and allyship within Cal Poly’s residential community. 

Vantage Point Program

The Student Affairs Vantage Point Program is designed to support opportunities for Cal Poly students, faculty and staff to learn, grow and be well. The offices of the President and the Vice President for Student Affairs jointly provide co-sponsorships to qualified individuals or groups for a variety of campus events and guest speakers.)

Women’s Engineering Program

Cal Poly’s women engineering students can connect through a variety of academic, leadership and social activities with alumnae, faculty and industry representatives and role models and assisting them in achieving their educational goals.

Women’s & Gender Studies Department

This department within the College of Liberal Arts offers minors in Women’s Studies and Queer Studies in addition to a variety of courses, research and leadership critical to our polytechnic education.

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