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.


  • 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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News and Updates

Read the recap story on Polycentric

Watch first half of program, featuring Provost Brown, President Coley, Dean of Students Jonathan Grady, student speakers, and the keynote address.

Opening Session

Watch breakout Session One - Racial Healing and Truth Telling with Dr. David Turner

Breakout Session