Black Thriving Initiative

Black Thriving Initiative

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Join us at the forefront of this march towards a more equitable campus community.

"If you come together with a mission, and it's grounded with love and a sense of community, you can make the impossible possible." - John Lewis


Cal Poly Pomona’s Black Thriving Initiative recognizes and responds to anti-Blackness as an existential threat to our mission as a public university. Anti-Blackness stifles our ability to educate, discover, create, heal, and thrive. As a result, this campus-wide strategy recognizes that our future as a university must be linked to the success of Black communities and demands racial healing, building capacity and consciousness, and accountability of all.

We are fully committed to:

  • Addressing the systemic conditions that create injustice
  • Advancing racial justice, racial healing, and pro-Blackness
  • Holding ourselves and others accountable
  • Considering ideas that previously seemed impossible and taking risks
  • Ensuring Cal Poly Pomona is a place where Black students, staff, and faculty can thrive


  • Jonathan Grady, Ph.D., Senior Associate Vice President and Dean of Students (
  • Teshia Roby, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Learning & Research (
  • Cynthia Pickett, Ph.D., Presidential Associate for Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer

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