Cal Poly Multicultural Business Program to Host Week of Identity and Diversity Events, Jan. 22-25

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Multicultural Business Program students at Cal Poly will host ID Week, four days of panels, workshops and other events discussing identity and inclusion fromJan. 22-25, culminating in the fourth annual Leadership Beyond the Resume conference.

ID Week, which will feature dialogues facilitated by such student organizations as the Multicultural Business Program, Women in Business, the Hispanic Business Student Association and the Cal Poly Accounting Club, is new this year. Its goal is to provide attendees a better understanding of identity and how it fosters inclusion in the workplace.

The conference will be the capstone that synthesizes the week’s identity discussions with professional development, promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace while preparing students from historically underrepresented backgrounds for challenges they may face in their careers. 

Participants will walk away from ID Week and Leadership Beyond the Resume with a sense of belonging and social responsibility as they forge ahead in their careers and create positive change in their communities.

The leadership conference, now in its third year, has received strong support from the broader Orfalea College of Business community. In November, MBP students fundraised $6,500 — 130 percent of their goal — through Cal Poly’s Spur Change crowdfunding initiative, to cover the costs of speakers, workshops, food and other conference expenses.

ID Week and Leadership Beyond the Resume aim to raise awareness and generate honest dialogue about diversity and inclusion through interactive workshops and activities. The latter will also feature accomplished speakers including:

— Angelica Favela, vice president and marketing program manager at Wells Fargo
— Moiré Rasmussen, Bay Area and Northwest diversity and inclusion leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers
— Marshall Crockett, director of finance effectiveness at PricewaterhouseCoopers
— Ken Bouyer, Americas director of inclusiveness recruiting at Ernst & Young LLP
— Dr. Eduardo Zambrano, Cal Poly economics professor
— Dr. Lizzie Lamoree, Cal Poly women’s and gender studies professor

Insights and advice from these experts will help emerging leaders consider workplace challenges and opportunities and will shed light on important topics for conversation. Students will gain professional advice as well as resources that can aid them on their career paths. 

Khushbu Patel, a third-year economics student from Milpitas, Calif., has attended the conference multiple times and appreciates the perspective it has provided to her each year.

“Prior to this conference I was not aware of how much these issues in the business world could affect me,” she said. “Now I feel so much more prepared for my career and ready to take on new challenges.”

Organizers say the conference is an important resource where future business leaders can learn how diversity and inclusion impact the workplace. In addition, participants can gain valuable skills for equitable and exclusive practices as well as the opportunity to build connections with business professionals.

Leadership Beyond the Resume will take place Jan. 25 in Chumash Auditorium. For more information, visit

Contact: Randy Magnuson

January 16, 2019

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