Hi, I'm Michael Ortiz, President, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Our mission at this University is to take knowledge and put it into an applied form. So we have an underlying philosophy of learning by doing, and all of our classes here have that philosophy. When our students graduate from the University, we know that they possess the skills that are going to be needed in their profession.
Our student population is about 70% students of color. We have a large number of first generation students and this is actually going to change the generations that follow them once they complete the program.
My role in this institution is to help transform the lives of the students that enter this institution and hopefully provide them with the same opportunities that I've been provided with.
These students ARE our future.