Cal Poly Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, CPX, Launches with Listening Sessions and Universitywide Survey 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has announced that the first phase of the university’s yearlong diversity and inclusion initiative CPX — Cal Poly Experience — will begin with listening sessions in March, followed by a campuswide survey in April. 

CPX is a 12-month call to action that includes a series of initiatives developed to achieve diversity and inclusion goals on campus. CPX is about achieving a better understanding of the cross section of people’s identities, experiences and challenges in order to create meaningful solutions.

“Cal Poly is dedicated to cultivating a more inclusive, equitable and diverse environment so that every member of the campus community feels welcome and knows they belong,” President Jeffrey D. Armstrong said. “To reach our goals, we need and want input from every single student, faculty and staff member so that we can create a campuswide plan for actionable change.”

“We hope that every member of our campus community will participate in these confidential opportunities to share their perspectives and experiences related to equity, diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly.” 

The data and information gathered will be used to build and implement action plans that support the success and retention of the university’s students, faculty and staff; create a more inclusive culture; and serve as a benchmark against which to measure change over time. 

Cal Poly has partnered with diversity, equity and inclusion expert Damon A. Williams and his team at the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation to facilitate CPX Listening Sessions and the CPX Survey. 

The listening sessions will be held March 12-14 for Williams and his team to gather first-hand accounts from students, faculty and staff members about their Cal Poly experience.  

About 50 sessions will be offered for various populations and affinities to create spaces for meaningful dialogue. The information shared at the sessions, including names and identifying details, will be kept confidential. Campus community members can find a session at https://diversity.calpoly.edu. Reservations are not required. The sessions are not open to media. 

The confidential CPX Survey launches April 9 to build an evidence-based understanding of the experience that students, faculty and staff members have had at Cal Poly. The data will be used to support the development and refinement of the university’s programs and services to create a more equitable, inclusive campus community for all. 

Numerous events and activities are planned in April to engage the entire campus community in the survey. 

The aggregate data from the listening sessions and the survey will be shared with the campus community in the fall. 

Learn more about CPX on the university’s diversity website, https://diversity.calpoly.edu. Campus community members are encouraged to use #CPXperience and #CPX to share their story on social media, share their participation in the listening sessions and the survey, and ask others to get involved. 

Contact: Matt Lazier
805-756-7109; mlazier@calpoly.edu  

Feb. 28, 2019

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