Is your Cal Poly department or organization planning an event that fosters diversity and inclusion on campus? Through the Career Partners Program, each quarter, the Diversity Funding Committee (DFC) allocates funding to campus events related to diversity and inclusion.

The DFC is proud to support the following recipients, who are planning events during Winter and Spring 2018:

  • Asian and Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association - APIFSA Spring Picnic: A social event to bring together members of the Asian and Pacific Islander FSA, increase their sense of belonging, and make new connections ​​​​
  • Center for Service in Action - Change the Status Quo: Social Justice Conference: A conference to empower students to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, and demand solutions to create lasting social change
  • Disability Resource Center - Global Accessibility Awareness Day Celebration: A half-day event where attendees will learn about the importance of digital accessibility and highlight how people with disabilities use assistive technology to access digital spaces
  • MultiCultural Center - Students of Color Summit: A conference-style event to build community among students, faculty, and staff of color and develop skills like networking, community organizing, and advocacy to navigate Cal Poly's campus as a person of color
  • New Student and Transition Programs - Week of Welcome Supplemental Workshops: A training for WOW orientation leaders that focuses on recognizing their own privilege and bias and intervening in situations of cultural insensitivity
  • Pride Faculty Staff Association - Bowling with Pride: A social event to bring together members of the Pride FSA, increase their sense of belonging, and bring visibility to Cal Poly's queer community in a non-political way
  • Women Involved in Software & Hardware (WISH) - Diversity in Engineering Panel: A panel to increase awareness of the unique experiences faced by underrepresented minorities in engineering


If you have questions, please reach out to Ashley Eberle, Diversity Funding Committee Chair, at or 805-756-5962.



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, in response to the need of fostering 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 shall work together to allocate funding to Cal Poly's campus community to increase understanding of diversity and inclusion.

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 cylces per year:

Fall 2017: To fund events that take place by the end of Winter 2018 quarter

  • This application cycle has closed.

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

  • This application cycle has closed.

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

  • Application due April 20, 2018 at 4 p.m.
  • Funding decisions announced around May 7, 2018


"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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