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CLFSA Receives the 2019 President's Diversity Award

CLFSA receives the 2019 President's Diversity Award in in the Campus Organization category.

The President's Diversity Awards celebrates members of the Cal Poly community who have exhibited a commitment to diversity. The awards are an opportunity to recognize individual members from the faculty, staff, and student communities as well as contributions from a recognized student organization and university group.

41st Annual Chicanx/Latinx Commencement (CLC)

Come and participate in the 41st Annual Chicanx/Latinx Commencement (CLC) scheduled Sunday morning, June 16, 2019. Contact CLFSA at for additional information or if you'd like to volunteer for the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

CLFSA Participates in PolyCultural Weekend

Each year, CLFSA members volunteer to participate in PolyCultural Weekend to welcome prospective students and their family to Cal Poly. There is a Parent Panel and Mixer on to answer any questions parents may have about Cal Poly as well as a "Thank you for coming!" breakfast at the end of the weekend.

Ana Castillo Keynote Speaker

Renowned Mexican-American Chicana scholar, novelist, and poet Ana Castillo will be the keynote speaker at Cuesta College on Tuesday, March 5th, from 5-7PM to discuss her memoir Black Dove: Mama, Mijo and Me. The memoir includes a collection of essays that offer an intimate look at pivotal experiences in Castillo's life across three generations: the relationship between Castillo and her immigrant mother, Castillo's own challenges as a single mother to her son, and her childhood memories of growing up in the Mexican barrios of Chicago. CLFSA has been reading her book Winter quarter as part of a Book Club series.

Dolores Huerta Keynote Speaker

The Cross Cultural Centers and the Office of the University Diversity and Inclusion welcome the campus community to hear civil rights icon Dolores Huerta speak at Cal Poly on Thursday, May 10. The event, titled "Dolores Huerta: Change Maker and Civil Rights Leader", will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. in the Chumash Auditorium. She will be giving the keynote speech for May's Inclusion Excellence Month. Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, was the co-founder of the United States Workers (UFW) union.

Screening of the film, Dolores the Movie!

Join us for a screening of the film, Dolores the Movie! April 10th from 6-8pm in Spanos Theater. This event is free and open to all!

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.

9th Annual Chicanx/Latinx Convocation

The Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association's (CLFSA) Ninth Annual Convocation will be on Tuesday, October 18 from 5:00-6:30 pm in Chumash East (UU 204). This welcome, sponsored by the CLFSA, Lambda Theta Phi - Latin Fraternity Inc, and our other Xicano/Latino Student Organizations, helps orient Latino-identified faculty, staff, and students to Cal Poly and highlights Cal Poly's Chicano/Latino student organizations.

Blanca Martinez-Navarro, new Assistant Dean of Students for Student Support, Success and Retention at Cal Poly, will be the keynote speaker. A welcome will be provided by Jessica Fred, CLFSA President. Cal Poly's Chicano/Latino student groups and organizations will be on hand to provide information on their activities and becoming a member. The event is free and is open to ALL students, faculty, and staff. Light refreshments will be served. Please feel free to drop by at any time during the event.

For more information, please contact:
Jessica Fred, President, CLFSA,
Adrienne Garcia, Student Organization and Convocation Event Coordinator,

Dr. Gilda L. Ochoa
2016 Susan Currier Visiting Professor for Teaching Excellence

CLFSA sponsored Dr. Gilda L. Ochoa, Professor of Sociology and Chicana/o Latina/o Studies from Pomona College, to present her research and book Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Achievement Gap on Tuesday, March 8th, from 5:00-6:30 PM in Chumash Auditorium (65-204).

CLFSA Cooking in the Canyon

Cal Poly University Housing has an excellent program called Cooking in the Canyon which allows faculty and staff to interact with students outside the classroom. CLFSA scheduled to participate in this program with student on Wednesday, March 30th, in conjunction with César Chávez Day as an opportunity to share how the academic holiday came to be and why it is such an important day to celebrate in history.

César Chávez Day

Cesar was a civil rights activist who worked hard for the rights of farm workers. He was born in 1927 in Arizona and died in 1993. His work in civil rights involved organizing the Community Service Organisation (CSO) in the 1950s and creating the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) from the 1960s onwards. The NFWA eventually changed its name to the United Farm Workers (UFW) union and functioned to protect the rights of farm workers, particularly those in lettuce and grape farming. The UFW is still working hard today.

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Dr. Elena Macias Visits Cal Poly

Dr. Macias presented a Central Coast Dream Coalition Train the Trainer Workshop on Saturday, October 24th, at Cal Poly. Dr. Macias provided a comprehensive ally training including a discussion of the history of immigration policy and how it impacts our understanding of undocumented peoples and financial aid. Participants from Cal Poly, Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College attended the training.

Dr. Elena Macias is a community organizer, and former educator and administrator from CSULB. Dr. Macias has done a lot of work in supporting undocumented students. Currently, her work is focused on training campus faculty and staff in becoming better allies and supporters of undocumented students. Her trainings were adopted by CSULB and are highly attended by different departments and organizations at their campus. More of her work can be found at

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Next CLFSA Meetings

Date: Tuesday, November 9
Location: Zoom
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Date: Thursday, December 2
Location: Zoom
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

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