Is your Cal Poly department or organization planning an event that fosters diversity and inclusion on campus? Through the Career Partners Program, the Diversity Funding Committee (DFC) financially supports events that increase understanding of diversity and inclusion on our campus.

We're proud to support the following DFC recipients, who are planning events related to diversity and inclusion in 2018-2019.

  • American Marketing Association to support Diversity in Marketing, a keynote address to help students understand company culture and diversity initiatives as they apply for jobs and get involved in companies' diversity efforts once they are hired (February 22, 2019)
  • Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association to support APIFSA Spring Picnic, a social event where students will get to know each other and learn about successfully navigating Cal Poly's social and academic networks (April 6, 2019)
  • CAFES Deans Office to support Terry Baker, CEO of Society of American Foresters, a keynote address featuring a national leader in natural resource management (May 9, 2019)
  • CAFES Deans Office to support Aspire to Grow, a conference about diversity and innovation in the food and agriculture industries (March 1, 2019)
  • Center for Health Research to support Health Disparities Seminar Series, a speaker series to expose students to external researchers who are doing work to address health disparities (February 27-28, 2019)
  • Center for Leadership to support Student Leadership Institute, a conference where students will learn leadership skills and tackle issues around campus climate (January 25-26, 2019)
  • Center for Service in Action to support Change the Status Quo: Social Justice Conference, a conference where students will engage with guest speakers and hands-on workshops to learn about diversity and inclusion, social justice, and social change (February 22-23, 2019)
  • Chabad Student Group to support A Historic Event with Eva Schloss, a keynote address featuring a Holocaust survivor, peace activist and humanitarian, and step-sister to Anne Frank (March 10, 2019)
  • Communication Studies Department to support REDEFINE, a senior project that uses video, music, and monologues to tackle issues around masculinity and redefine what it means to be a man (May 3, 2019)
  • Disability Faculty Staff Association to support CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion, a film screening and Q&A to spark a discussion about disability representation in the media (May 14, 2019)
  • Multicultural Business Program to support ID Week, a week of diversity events including Leadership Beyond the Resume, a conference-style event to prepare emerging leaders from historically underrepresented backgrounds for the opportunities and challenges they may face in their professional lives (January 22-25, 2019)
  • Pilipino Cultural Exchange to support Pilipinx Cultural Night, a student-produced play and dance performance to celebrate Pilipinx and Pilipinx-American culture (April 26-27, 2019)
  • Pride Faculty Staff Association to support Bowling with Pride, a social event to build community among Cal Poly's queer/trans community and enhance the visibility of queer/trans faculty and staff on campus (April 16, 2019)
  • Women's & Gender Studies Department to support Confronting White Nationalism, a keynote address featuring a national expert on white nationalism (May 17, 2019)


If you have questions about the Diversity Funding Committee, contact Ashley Eberle, DFC Chair, at or 805-756-5962. To learn more about an event we have funded, please reach out directly to the organization that planned it.



What Is The Diversity Funding Committee?

The Diversity Funding Committee was established by Career Services and campus collaborators, with support from the Career Partners Program, to foster campus diversity and inclusion among our faculty, staff, and students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Guided by Cal Poly's Statements on Diversity and Commitment to Community, the DFC allocates funding to Cal Poly's campus community to increase understanding of diversity and inclusion.

The Diversity Funding Committee is comprised of representatives from Career Services; the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion; the Disability Resource Center; and University Housing.

Diversity is the understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing there are a range of human differences in experiences, identities and world views. These differences include, but are not limited to, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socio-economic status, physical and mental abilities or attributes, religious or ethical values systems, and national origin.

How Do I Qualify?

To be eligible to receive funding, requests must:

  • Be submitted by a university department or by a university-sponsored student, staff, or faculty organization
  • Support a campus event that increases understanding of and/or appreciation for diversity and inclusion
  • Directly impact Cal Poly students


What Are The Guidelines?

The DFC cannot provide funding to events that:

  • Are not consistent with California State University policies and state and federal laws
  • Directly support or oppose any candidate for public office, whether partisan or not, or to support or oppose any issue before the voters as required by California Education Code Title V, Section 42403
  • Will serve alcohol or drugs, including marijuana

When Is My Application Due?

The DFC runs three application cycles per year:

Fall 2018: To fund events that take place by the end of Winter 2019 quarter

  • This application cycle has closed

Winter 2019: To fund events that take place by the end of Spring 2019 quarter

  • This application cycle has closed

Spring 2019: To fund events that take place by the end of Fall 2019 quarter

  • Application due: Friday, April 19, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
  • Funds available to recipients: Week of May 6, 2019


"The process was easy and fast. I appreciate that it did not create a lot of extra work for folks who are trying to increase diversity and inclusivity." - Joy Pedersen, Associate Dean of Students for Student Support, Success, and Retention

"Applying for DFC funding was very user-friendly, a non-stressful experience, and overall very positive. We received the amount of funding requested, and getting the money was a relatively easy process. Thank you so much for being a vital part of Cal Poly's first ever Undocu-Week!" - Undocumented Students Working Group

"The process was incredibly easy and quick, and we appreciate all of the support for this event." - Samantha Tran, Cross Cultural Centers Coordinator

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