June 1st, 2020 | IN SOLIDARITY WITH BLACK COMMUNITIES AND BLACK LIVES
To Our Community,
In unity with the message sent by the President's Cabinet on May 30, 2020, the coalition for Student Diversity & Belonging stand in solidarity with the Black community and Black Lives. We explicitly condemn the acts of racism, oppression, and violence that have targeted Black individuals and communities for centuries. Each of our partner spaces were founded on the active advocacy for equity and inclusion in higher education. As such, we must continue to oppose injustice wherever it appears and work together to move our educational, social, economic, political, and judicial systems to a place where Black lives are not systemically devalued. Black lives do matter, and our collective practices, discourses, and policies must reflect this.
We acknowledge that this statement serves as only one part of our active engagement in disrupting systems of inequity and injustice, and recognize that silence and inaction contribute to the maintenance of ongoing institutional racism, white supremacy, and other structural inequities. As such, we commit to continuing to critically assess our practices and programs to address anti-Blackness and center anti-racist approaches. Additionally, we invite you to engage in the recommendations from our campus leadership to "do better - and not just through our words, but with meaningful action and unbreakable conviction." This link, a reflection of the countless contributions by our student leaders to our Cal Poly community, serves as a directory of additional resources and educational opportunities for us all to be accomplices in the fight for racial justice.
To our Black and brown communities most directly impacted by the ongoing violence and injustice in our country: we see you, we value you, and we stand with you. We are grateful to the activist organizations in the Black community leading the way in raising issues of injustice to greater visibility and confronting power structures for real change. Our Professional Staff are here to support you, in addition to Cal Poly counseling services.
Student Diversity & Belonging
Below you will find some of the previous solidarity statements. To review each statement, click it to expand.
April 10th, 2020 | IN SOLIDARITY WITH ASIAN / ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES (COVID-19 INCIDENTS OF RACISM)
We acknowledge that there have been racist attacks directed at our Asian and Asian American communities—not just on our campus, but nationally and globally. Therefore, we write to explicitly condemn these actions. Many of our Cal Poly students, staff, and faculty who have returned to residences away from San Luis Obispo may be feeling isolated in their struggles with such racism, as they no longer have access to the solidarity of in-person community. As such, it is even more urgent that we offer our support to all those impacted.
As the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans notes, “While the coronavirus represents a legitimate public health concern, it is not a ‘green light’ to target Asian Americans and Asian immigrants with racism and hate.” As we continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19, it is clear that the pandemic has only further emphasized the disparities already present in our society, whether these run on lines of race, class, ability, or citizenship status, among others. In light of this, we are called to stand together, working side by side to create change and build a society that truly encompasses equity, justice, and belonging.
We urge our community to report incidents of bias through our campus Bias Response Team and also encourage folks to report incidents using the resource STOP AAPI HATE by the Asian American Asian Pacific Islander Civil Rights Organization. The Cross Cultural Center staff are here to support you via virtual appointments, a virtual resources page that will be updated throughout the spring term, and virtual programming that prioritizes community healing, efficacy, and agency.
Cross Cultural Centers, Black Academic Excellence Center, Dream Center
October 24th, 2018 | IN SOLIDARITY WITH TRANS, NONBINARY, AND INTERSEX COMMUNITIES
Dear Cal Poly Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni,
On Sunday, October 21st, information was released indicating a proposed change by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the definition of "sex" as determined by federal law, which could exclude transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and intersex people from the legal and constitutional protections, privileges, and rights afforded to those in our country. We are deeply disappointed, angry, and saddened by these extremist regulatory attempts by some of our nation’s elected officials. This systematic rollback of protections has the potential to pave the way for the exclusion of members of our community in accessing comprehensive healthcare and receiving equitable education, among other aspects of everyday life. This change undermines the preponderance of law, civil and human rights, science, and medical evidence which are all united on the definitions of gender, sex, gender identity, gender expression and gender discrimination.
We are in solidarity with our transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming and intersex students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members today, and every day. The Cross Cultural Centers are committed to working with local, state, and national leaders to promote equity through radical love and inclusion. The fight for equity and inclusion is ongoing, but whether that fight takes us to the courts, to the ballot box, or to the streets, we will continue striving for a country in which all of us can enjoy dignity and respect.
Although an official memo has not been released at this time, the potential for redefinition promotes violence against the identities and bodies of people of all genders. There are a few things to know and do to support our Cal Poly community:
Many in our community may need further support that extends beyond your outstretched hand and listening ear. At Cal Poly, students and those who support them are encouraged to access the resources at Counseling Services with our Campus Health & Wellbeing. Additionally, there are a few national resources available:
And of course, you may always drop by our Cross Cultural Centers during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm). In addition, we will be holding several spaces this week for students, faculty, and staff to process these recent events.
LGBTQ+ Community Affinity Space with the Lead Coordinator of LGBTQ+ Initiatives
Samuel Neil Byrd, MED NCC
Thursday, October 25
11AM- UU 219
This space is intended for LGBTQ+ members of the Cal Poly community to be in community and support our transgender, non-binary, gender nonconforming, and intersex siblings as well as to discuss and organize responses to the proposal.
Enhancing Allyship for Social Change and Inclusion with the Lead Coordinator for the Center of Leadership
Heather Domonoske, M.A.
11AM- Center for Leadership UU 217
This space is intended for allies and prospective allies who are looking for ways to support members of our transgender, non-binary, gender nonconforming, and intersex communities.
5PM- Pride Center UU 209
Umbrella is a closed space for students who do not identify as cisgender to talk about gender identity and expression.
Trans People of Color Dialogue
Friday, October 26
12PM - Building 38
TPOC is a closed space for trans identifying, non-cisgender, gender variant, and gender questioning people of color to build community.
We recognize we are only at the beginning of our Cal Poly school year and that stressors will only increase as the year progresses and as this particular proposal is finalized. Please continue to weave a net of connections around our transgender, non-binary, gender nonconforming and intersex communities with attention to fundamental care and deep concern.
We are here for you and we #WontBeErased,
The Cross Cultural Centers