Programs and Events
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Project SUCCESS Preview Day Conference
Graduating high school seniors gathered for our club/resource fair and learned about ways to get involved at Cal Poly Pomona
Preview Day is for African American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American male graduating high school seniors who have accepted admission to Cal Poly Pomona. We offer each student and up to 2 guests access to: one-day parking, continental breakfast with a club/resource fair, culturally relevant workshops, lunch with a student panel, and a campus tour. This event is free of charge for participants! Based on our survey last year, 88.9% of students who attended Preview Day shared that they felt more confident and excited about their decision to attend Cal Poly Pomona.
The purpose of this event is to further the mission of Project SUCCESS, which is to increase retention and persistence for first-year men of color.
8:30am – 9:00am
Park in Parking Structure 2
9:00am – 10:00am
Check-in / Continental Breakfast (Ursa Major Foyer)
Men of Color Resource Fair (Ursa Major C)
10:00am – 11:00am (Ursa Major AB)
Introductions & Overview of the Day - Tim Alexander, Coordinator of Project SUCCESS
Land Acknowledgement - Elena Seymana Nourrie, Coordinator of Native American Student Center
Welcome Address - Dr. Soraya M. Coley, President of Cal Poly Pomona
Keynote Address - Dr. William Franklin, Vice President for Student Affairs of CSU, Dominguez Hills
11:15am – 12:00pm
Workshop* Sessions #1
12:10pm – 12:55pm
Workshop* Sessions #2
1:00pm – 2:30pm (Ursa Major ABC)
Lunch and Student Panel
2:30pm – 2:55pm (Ursa Major ABC)
Closing Speaker - Dr. Reginald S. Blaylock, Interim Special Assistant for Student Success Partnerships
Opportunity Drawing - Rogelio Contreras, Administrative Assistant of Project SUCCESS
Thank you - Tim Alexander, Coordinator of Project SUCCESS
3:00pm – 4:00pm Men of Color Campus Tours
- Financial Aid & Financial Literacy (English)
- On-Campus & Off-Campus Housing (English)
- Student Life & Leadership (English)
- First Year Transition (English)
- Financial Aid & Financial Literacy (Spanish)
- On-Campus & Off-Campus Housing (Spanish)
- Student Life & Leadership (Spanish)
- First Year Transition (Spanish)
- Men of Color Experience (English/Spanish)
Project SUCCESS Program
Project SUCCESS students are organized into Kin Groups (4 - 7 students) by academic college and ethnicity. Each kin group is guided by a Kin Group Leader (1 Faculty/Staff) and a Project SUCCESS Intern (upperclassmen mentor).
Project SUCCESS Interns
Project SUCCESS Interns (PSIs) serve as upperclassmen mentors to current Project SUCCESS students. As alumni of the Project SUCCESS program, the PSIs have completed one-full year participation in Project SUCCESS and work 5-10 hours a week to support the new cohort. PSIs work closely with faculty, staff, and students across Cal Poly Pomona to support first-year students’ academic transition and sense of belonging. Based on the understanding that peer mentorship is a highly effective in regards to retention, the PSIs play a critical role in the overall success of our program.
Project SUCCESS students register for a 2-unit independent study course in the Ethnic & Women Studies (EWS) department as well as EWS 280S which is a 4-unit general education course which fulfills General Education Requirement Area E. The Kin Group and Kin Group Leader decide when, where, and how long each group will meet for the class. Please be aware that these Kin group meetings are scheduled around students' class and work schedule. In terms of the course assignments, some examples are to write reflection journals, watch success videos, meet with mentors, and one final group project per term.
Once a month, all kin groups come together for Community Gatherings, which are one-hour long workshops with culturally relevant content that help to set up the students for success. We host three Community Gatherings each quarter during University Hour (U-Hour). U-Hour is on Thursdays from 12:00pm - 1:00pm when there are no scheduled academic courses. Examples of Community Gatherings include: Academic Excellence, Cultural Competency, Resume Building and Career Exploration, StrengthsQuest, True Colors, and Financial Aid/Financial Literacy.
In addition to helping students be academically successful, Project SUCCESS is all about creating a sense of belonging and community among men of color students, staff and faculty in and outside of the classroom. We do this by creating large quarterly events that encourage interaction and activities that promote teamwork, brotherhood, and scholarship. Examples of Community Gatherings include: Video Game Day, Escape Room, Pool/Pizza Party at the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex.