Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Events

CAFES organizes events throughout the year focused on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. These events are designed to bring together people from across the college, campus and community to celebrate diversity and inclusion, learn from each other, and engage in meaningful dialogue.

Past Events

Aspire to Grow Conference 2021

Feb. 18, 2021

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Fresh Tracks: First Generation Panel + Discussion

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, 11 a.m. – Noon

Join us for a panel discussion featuring CAFES faculty and staff who identify as having been first-generation college students. Panelists will share their personal stories and the path they took to achieve success with limited support. A Q&A session will follow and all attendees will benefit from a discussion about how to overcome obstacles. The event will be moderated by Associate Dean for Student Success, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and was organized by the CAFES Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. All students are invited and welcome to attend.

2020 Fall Conference Faculty and Staff Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1:30 - 3:30 via Zoom

View the Zoom recording here 
Passcode: 5TE&iH3*

Click here for a list of the resources that were shared by presenters and/or participants.

26 Hours of Science and Technology in Agriculture

March 12 - 13, 2020

This program aims to welcome underrepresented students from high schools primarily across California's Central Coast to campus for a series of Learn by Doing workshops facilitated by CAFES departments. Participants connect with faculty, students and campus resources to learn how higher education and Cal Poly can be a part of their futures. This event is planned and hosted by the Latinos in Agriculture Club. If you are interested in seeing how you might contribute, connect with Dr. Robert Flores (rflores@calpoly.edu).

Aspire to Grow Conference 2020

March 4, 2020, 4 p.m.
Cal Poly Performing Arts Center (PAC)

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Lisa Hillman, Karuk Tribal Member

February 20, 2020 8 - 10 p.m.

The Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department and Ethnic Studies Department will host Lisa Hillman from the Karuk Tribe for an evening conversation around "Food, Fiber and Fire: Karuk Tribal Efforts to Restore the Human/Fire Relationship."

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MANRRS Region VI Meeting

Nov. 8-10, 2019, Cal Poly

Visit the MANRRS website

2019 Fall Conference Faculty and Staff Diversity and Inclusion Workshops

Monday, Sept. 16, 2 - 4:30, ATL
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2 - 4:30, ATL


Terry Baker, CEO, Society of American Foresters: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Cal Poly Campus: PAC Pavilion

Terry Baker is the first African American to lead the 118-year-old Society of American Foresters (SAF). Come hear him discuss his career journey.


CAFES Diversity and Inclusion Panel Discussion: Thursday, April 18, 2019, 11 a.m. – Noon

Cal Poly Campus: 10-207

Julie Garcia from OUDI will provide an overview. Sarah MacDonald (CTLT) will moderate a panel discussion comprised of Greg Schwartz (BRAE), Jerusha Greenwood (EIM), and Dianne Korth (CAFES Advising Center).


Aspire to Grow: Friday, March 1, 2019

Cal Poly Campus: Philips Hall (Bldg. 6, Rm. 104)

The 2019 Aspire to Grow Conference explores innovation in the food and agriculture sectors. The symposium will focus on new technologies and developments, and the role diversity of thought and experience plays in achieving these.

Read more about Aspire to Grow 2019

2018 Fall Conference Faculty and Staff Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

In September 2018, the college Diversity and Inclusion Committee organized a workshop to help faculty and staff to help facilitate positive interactions in our classrooms and offices, as well as across campus. The sessions were facilitated by Cal Poly’s Office of University Diversity and Inclusion and saw nearly 100 percent participation across the college with 185 participants across two days.

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