Cal Poly Report — April 29, 2020 


'Teach ON!' Offers Lectures About Equity and Justice Surrounding COVID-19

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In the spirit of the "Teach In" that was offered in the winter quarters of 2018, 2019 and 2020, the College of Liberal Arts will host a "Teach ON!" — a series of both synchronous and asynchronous lectures and resources devoted to issues of equity and justice surrounding COVID-19. People's collective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic magnifies structural inequities — as well as strengths — that exist in our diverse communities. These recorded and live lectures can be used by faculty across campus in courses to address important topics such as anti-Asian racism, health disparities in different populations with regard to treatment and testing, redeployment of survival strategies for marginalized communities, and more. Synchronous lectures will be held every Thursday starting May 7. A Canvas site will be available April 30 for asynchronous lectures and recordings of synchronous lectures. Visit to see a "living" schedule as new topics are added. Anyone who would like to be invited to the Canvas site can email Grace Yeh ( or Jaime Ding ( Questions about the Teach ON! can be directed to Heidi Velasco (

Anti-Hate Working Group Launches #HateFreeCP Campaign

#HateFreeCPThe Cal Poly Emergency Operation Center’s anti-hate working group recently launched a new social media campaign — #HateFreeCP — to educate the campus community on how to address coronavirus-related racism, bias and xenophobia. The campaign is posting tips and information on OUDI’s Instagram and Twitter (@CalPolyOUDI) and Facebook ( each weekday for the next four weeks.

Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors to Meet May 1 

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold its regular meeting virtually at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 1. This is a public meeting. To join the meeting  email Ann Roy at for login information. Public comments for this meeting must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30, via email to A copy of the meeting agenda is available by download here or by contacting

Complete the 2020 Census for San Luis Obispo

Photo reading U.S. Census 2020ASI Student Government is encouraging the Cal Poly community to complete the 2020 U.S. census during spring quarter. One simple way that faculty and staff can help in this effort is by ensuring you fill out the census and also encouraging your classes and student assistants to do the same. Regardless if students have remained in San Luis Obispo or are back home for spring quarter, the Census Bureau has confirmed that students should be counted at their San Luis Obispo address where they spent most of the year. For more information, see the Census Bureau's statement on counting college students. To complete the 2020 census, visit

Student Success

Faculty and Staff Invited to Write Letters to Graduates 

Illustration of a letter with text reading Dear Mustang GradFaculty and staff can showcase how Cal Poly Proud they are of spring 2020 graduates by writing a Dear Mustang Grad letter. The Dear Mustang Grad campaign offers a unique way to congratulate graduates, highlight their accomplishments, give thanks, share memories and offer words of wisdom. Through these letters, the Commencement Office team hopes to surprise the Class of 2020 with personal notes from the people who supported them throughout their Cal Poly journey. For optimal impact, faculty and staff are asked to keep this letter a secret. Once submitted, the Commencement Office will begin preparations to deliver the letters to graduates on your behalf. The deadline to submit Dear Mustang Grad letters is Friday, May 8. Click on the following link to submit a letter today.

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Faculty & Staff

Changes to Academic Advising Coming Summer 2020

Graphic with two boards on Navigating Academic Advising for first year students and second year through graduationTo streamline advising services for students, Cal Poly’s undergraduate academic advising structure will be reconfigured effective summer 2020. The Mustang Success Center will transition to a first-year advising center, specifically serving freshmen of all majors. The College Advising Centers will advise students in their second year and beyond, including transfer students. The faculty advising model will remain the same. Anyone who would like to have an advisor attend a department meeting to discuss the changes can contact Shannon Stephens at The Mustang Success Center website will be updated on June 5 with additional information.

Onboarding Toolkits Available for Managers and Employees

Graphic reading New Hires HelloIt is estimated that 76% of new hires feel socialization is most important. Employees who participate in a structured onboarding program are 69% more likely to stay with an organization for three years. The Employee and Organization Department has on-demand toolkits available to support employees in making the best first impression and biggest long-lasting impact during the onboarding process. Whether it’s mapping out an entire onboarding process or just revamping what you already have in place, Employee and Organization Development's Onboarding Toolkit for Managers has the on-demand courses, books, checklists and videos to get you the tools they need. Additionally, the Onboarding Toolkit for Employees has helpful resources to get new employees set up for success in their first 90 days. View all of the learning and development toolkits on the Learn and Grow Website.

On-Demand Stress Relief and Mindfulness Resources Available to All Employees

Photo of stones balanced on a beach.The CSU has a newly launched Work/Life Balance Learning Bundle containing theme-based courses and videos that are packaged for easy access. The Work/Life Balance Learning Bundle is available on the Learning Hub and provides courses, a quick video and several CSU’s Got Talent webcasts for team members and managers. The "Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” webcast with Dr. Juliet Hwang is recommended for anyone feeling stressed about the COVID-19 situation; it’s worth an hour of your time. Click here to view the Work/Life Balance Learning Bundle. Mindfulness has been shown to improve attention stability, increase cognitive capacity, improve stress regulation and reduce emotional reactivity. The Employee and Organization Development department also offers a Mindfulness Toolkit that includes videos, online courses, articles and eBooks. Click here to view the Mindfulness Toolkit. Additionally, Human Resources offers easily accessible information on the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) webpage, which provides individual assessment and referral, solution-oriented personal issue resolution, counseling, life management services, and other resources aimed at assisting faculty, staff and their household members with personal and workplace challenges.

Give Your Research a Boost During COVID-19

Graphic reading Center for Expressive Technologies Faculty Research Grants Available The Center for Expressive Technologies is seeking proposals for research grants from tenure-line faculty and lecturers in all colleges. What is an expressive technology? Projects funded by CET usually engage with visual and creative technologies (often digital), but the "what" is not as important as the "how" and the "why." Expressive technologies allow us to tell stories that give us voice, help us meet our communal goals, inspire creativity and imagination that can engender empathy, help us learn from histories, or promote our cultural diversity. This is an opportunity for faculty members to work with colleagues from other departments or colleges on new ideas to keep their research moving. For more information, visit Have questions or need help finding a collaborator? Email CET Director Matthew Harsh

Campuswide Policy on Data Management Now Available 

The interim campuswide policy on data management (CAP 152) is now available and online. As everyone on campus works with data in some form, this policy applies to all. CAP 152 outlines what is defined as Cal Poly’s data, how it is managed, how it can be accessed and how it should be properly distributed and handled. The full campuswide policy on data management can be read here.

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Campus Announcements

Cal Poly Foundation Board and Annual Meeting to be Rescheduled

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors meeting previously scheduled for Saturday, May 2, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion Room, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 related closures. Details are pending and will be announced in future editions of Cal Poly Report. For more information contact the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147 or

Develop New, Healthy Behaviors While Working at Home

Image of citrus fruits.The Food Science and Nutrition Department is offering free, individualized virtual nutrition and wellness coaching to help employees develop new, healthy habits that promote personal wellness. Participants will work, virtually, one-on-one with a senior-level nutrition counseling student for three sessions lasting 30 to 60 minutes, scheduled around the participants' availability. Each participant and their coach will find solutions for their wellness challenges and set achievable goals each week. Sessions will be tailored to  individual needs and priorities, such as: healthy food preparation, mindful eating, physical activity, food labels, healthy weight, meal planning and more. This is a Learn by Doing and graded experience for the student counselors, as they enhance their nutrition counseling skills. Participants commit to attending four sessions when they sign up here: All sessions are virtual and confidential. Contact Lecturer Kati Fosselius, at ext. 6-6132 or with any questions.


Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the Events Calendar. The site includes community events that are open to the public and Campus Life events open to students, faculty and staff. The calendar also includes events at the Performing Arts Center. A link from the calendar allows staff, faculty and students to check facility availability before requesting and reserving on-campus locations for activities and events. For more information about publishing an event on the calendar, contact

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For an overview of up-to-date sports information, photos and videos, visit Students always get in free. Faculty and staff discounts are available.

Upcoming Events @ Home

All athletic events through the spring have been canceled.

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Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

For all available job openings, visit All new positions opened this week are listed below. To apply, go online and complete the application form. Current employees can also find job postings at CSU Careers, an internal job site for CSU employees. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236. 

There are no new listings at this time.

For a full list of available jobs, go to

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Visit for all available job openings. The part-time lecturer pools are now opened. Visit for current openings, further information and how to apply. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844. 

There are no new listings at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate entity operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. To view all available job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

There are no new listings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the ASI website to complete an ASI application and apply for open positions. For more information, visit the ASI Business Office in UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new listings at this time.

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Submission Guidelines for Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report (CPR) is Cal Poly's official employee newsletter, designed to communicate information about officially sanctioned university news or events to faculty, staff and administrators. Submissions may run a maximum of three times and should be limited to 150 words. To help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information, submissions are required to come from or be approved by the employee designated to approve submissions in the respective colleges, units and work areas. A list of designated approvers is available on the Cal Poly Report index website. Entries submitted by those other than the designated approver must be accompanied by an approval form signed by the unit's approver. The approval form is available online in fillable pdf format or a downloadable Microsoft Word format. CPR is published weekly during the school year, except during academic breaks, and monthly in the summer. The deadline for each issue is 12:30 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.

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