““The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Jamie s. patton (he/him/his)
Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs (D&I)
Dr. Jamie S. Patton is responsible for developing, implementing and managing new programs and initiatives that advance diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly. As a division-wide leader and diversity officer, he provides direction and consultation for services and policies to ensure inclusive practices across all Student Affairs departments. In addition, he helps provide campus-wide support for diversity and inclusion efforts in partnership with the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity.
A native of north Philadelphia, Dr. Patton is a first-generation college graduate with more than 15 years of experience as a higher education administrator. Prior to Cal Poly, he served as the Assistant Dean of Students for Ohio University, where he directed the Parent and Family Program, co-initiated programming to increase graduation and retention rates among African-American male students, and implemented social justice development workshops for Student Affairs staff. Dr. Patton found his passion for a career in Student Affairs at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, where he held student leadership roles as Vice President of the Student Cooperative Council, President of the Black Student Union and founder of the Distinguished Gentlemen. He later served in several positions during a nine-year period at Northern Arizona University, including Director of the Student Learning Centers and Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Services.
Doctor of Education- Northern Arizona University
Master of Education- Northern Arizona University
Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
diana (dee-anna) ortiz giron (She/hER/hERs)
Director of Student Diversity & Belonging
Diana earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Pomona College and a Master of Divinity in Religion, Ethics, and Politics from Harvard University. She joins us with a proven record of accomplishments of leading high-impact diversity and inclusion student-facing programs at elite predominantly White Institutions.
Her most recent appointment was at Harvard College, where she served as assistant director for Diversity Education and Support. In that role, she oversaw an intergroup dialogue internship program, co-chaired the Undocumented Student Services Working Group, and provided support to the residential life Race Relations Tutor and Proctor Program. In addition, Diana has also served in roles with career services, equity diversity, and inclusion, first year orientation programs.
Master of Divinity - Harvard University
Bachelor of Arts - Pomona College
“The better we understand how identities and power work together from one context to another, the less likely our movements for change are to fracture.” - Kimberle W. Crenshaw
kristine a. guzman (She/hER/hERs)
As a first-generation college graduate and Latinx woman of color, Kristine’s lived experiences developed a nuanced understanding of marginalization and other systems of oppression and created in her a focused passion to protect, educate and uplift others that share these experiences. Kristine serves the Cal Poly community, through Student Diversity and Belonging (SDAB), in fostering an environment that is centered on inclusivity and community-building for all students navigating their intersectional identities and to have a strong sense of belonging. Kristine comes to Cal Poly from the Capital Region of NY where she worked
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as the Assistant Dean of Students and served as Chair for the Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART).
Kristine’s time at RPI focused on student intervention and support,
advisement of identity-based student organizations, and policy-making for the Dean of Students to strengthen inclusion and accountability.
Masters in Public Affairs & Administration- Rutgers University-Newark
Bachelors in Social Work - Rutgers University-Newark
Coordinator - Womxn & Gender Equity Initiatives
Coordinator - men & Masculinities
CAPRIAL KOE (She/hER/hERs)
COORDINATOR - MULTICULTURAL CENTER
Caprial started her journey at Cal Poly studying and recently graduating with a degree in Psychology triple minoring in Ethnic Studies, Law & Society, and Child Development. Throughout her undergraduate experience, she found a home in the MultiCultural Center and would go on to work as a Student Assistant for the center as well. As a student assistant some of her work centered on Asian Pacific Islander Desi American programming including interviewing one of the Co-Founders of #StopAAPIHate and hosting events with other APIDA activists.
As a coordinator she hopes to continue this work in encouraging students to not only find community at Cal Poly but also engage in critical conversations about identity and positionality. Through her experiences at Cal Poly she hopes to cultivate space for students to celebrate and uplift one another as they navigate personal, academic, and professional exploration. As the MCC was a catalyst for her own personal growth, Caprial hopes to help others in their own discovery of their intersectional identities and experiences.
Coordinator - BLACK ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE CENTER
Coordinator - Dream Center
KIANAH COREY (She/her/hers)
Assistant Coordinator - Black Academic Excellence Center
Hello everyone, I am Kianah Corey, the Assistant Coordinator for the Black Academic Excellence Center (BAEC). Previously I was a student assistant for BAEC for two years while also being a D1 athlete on the Cal Poly softball team. In my undergrad, I studied Child Development and I am currently in my first year of the master's program of Psychology at Cal Poly. BAEC has been my pride and joy the last couple of years and I hope I can continue to spread the same love and joy in our space to other Black students, faculty, and staff on our campus. We are all so excited to meet our incoming students, please stop by and say hi!
“Culture is ultimately lost when we stop telling the stories of who we are, where we have been, how we arrived here, what we once knew, what we wish we knew; when we stop our retelling of the past, our imagining of our future, and the long, long task of inventing an identity every single second of our lives.
Culture is lost when we neglect to tell our stories, when we forget the power and craft of storytelling.” - Deborah A. Miranda
CHERYL FLORES (She/her/hers)
coordinator - native american and indigenous cultural center
Cheryl is a descendant of the Wixárika people of México. She grew up in California's Central Valley on unceded Yokut lands, and currently resides on unceded ytt Northern Chumash lands of California's Central Coast.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Ethnic Studies and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She is pursuing a master's degree in the Educational Leadership and Administration Program at Cal Poly.
In her work in student affairs, she emphasizes the importance of supporting first-generation students in recognizing their intersecting identities and how this influences their college experience. She is particularly intent on supporting Native and Indigenous students, their pathways to college, and cultural approaches to their academic success. She works to create a space where Indigenous Peoples can build their knowledge, skills, capacity, and empowerment as future leaders.
She also works as an Indigenous food revitalist collecting her own family's recipes and advocating for Native and Indigenous students to have access to their traditional foods on campus. She enjoys listening to music, going to the beach, hiking, and reading in her free time.
DAISY PANIAGUA-URIBE (She/her/hers)
coordinator - latinx initiatives
As a first generation, Latina from Santa Maria, California, Daisy is passionate about educational equity and dedicated to supporting Latinx students along their educational journey and beyond. She is committed to engaging in intentional, intersectional work that celebrates our culturas (cultures), empowers our Latinx students, and strengthens our comunidad (community) at Cal Poly.
Previously, Daisy worked as a Congressional staffer, managing a portfolio that included education, immigration, and civil rights. She also worked with the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Latina Leadership Network on several equity focused projects that helped her grow as an advocate and collaborator.
She has a Master’s degree in Education Policy from Brown University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA.
ASHLEE HOLLOWAY (She/her/hers)
coordinator - student diversity and inclusion & Special projects