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


If you have questions about the Diversity Funding Committee, contact Denise Lazar, DFC Chair, at or 805-756-5970. 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 students, faculty, and staff 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 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 an on-campus event that increases understanding of and/or appreciation for diversity and inclusion
  • Directly and primarily 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 2019: To fund events that take place by the end of Winter 2020 quarter

  • Application due date and funding disbursement date coming soon!

Winter 2020: To fund events that take place by the end of Spring 2020 quarter

  • Application due date and funding disbursement date coming soon!

Spring 2020: To fund events that take place by the end of Fall 2020 quarter

  • Application due date and funding disbursement date coming soon!


"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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