Michi and Walter Weglyn Multicultural Studies Chair

Past Events

Spring 2022

April 13

No-No Boy Performance 


Julian Saporiti: Portland based singer, songwriter, and scholar researching in Asian American History.

Emilia Halvorsen: musician, embroidery artist, and law student in Portland, Or. 

March 22

Discussing "The Border Within" By Dr. Phi Su 


Dr. Phi Su: visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Williams College. Previously, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Division of Social Science at New York University Abu Dhabi. In the research and teaching, I draw on these threads to think about im/mobilities, intersectional identities, and inequality.

Feburary 24

CPP Day of Remembrance with Frank Abe 


Frank Abe: author, advocate and storyteller.


Fall 2021

October 15

How We Got Here: Awareness. Advocacy, and Allyship with Transgender Athletes 


Jenna Weiner, Ryan Socolow, Emet Marwell, Shane Diamond, and Yeja Dunn.

Spring 2021


May 4

Interethnic Solidarity and Civil Rights: A Discussion and Performance about the Real History of Cinco de Mayo as an American Tradition


Dr. Jessie Vallejo: Associate Professor at Cal Poly Pomona, Music Department, Ethnonusicologist and Mariachi Muscian.

CPP Mariachi Los Broncos: student performers 

April 25

Representation and Advocacy in Music


Maestro Anthony Parnther: music director and conductor.

April 16

Bad ASS Aunties: Auntie Sewing Squad Caring for Communities in Need and Building Community During a Pandemic


Kristina Wong, Valeria Soe, Dr. Karen Chow, and Dr. Chissy Lau

April 13

Navigational Leadership and Climate Justice


Dr. Maya Soetoro: consultant on the International Team at the Obama Foundation and a Faculty Specialist at the University of Hawai'i. 

April 7

Navigating Leadership: An Internal Journey in Context 


Dr. Sharon J. Washington: consultant, Education Leader. 

March 18

Racial Microaggressions: Using Critical Race Theory to Respond to Everyday Racism 


Dr. Daniel G. Solorzano, Dr. Lindsay Perez Huber, Dr. Luis G. Garcia, Dr. Jose M. Aguilar-Hernandez

Feburary 25

Being an UndocuAlly


Dr. Belinda Lum: Sociology professor at Sacramento City College.

Feburary 23

Controlling the Image of the Black Swan: Race, Gender, Class and the Discours around Black Women's Bodies in Ballet 


Sekani Robinson PhD candidate at the University of Santa Barbara.

Feburary 19

BLM and JLA: Redress Campaigns Continue 


Phil Tajitsu Nash, Esq.: Joins from the Asian Americans Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland. 

Fall 2020

November 10

Post Election Conversations: Now What?


Julia Huang: CEO of Intertrend 

Kristina Wong: Comedian, Elected representative

Sedelta Oosahwee: Senior Program/Policy Analyst/Specialist National Education Association

October 23

Cold War 2.0?: Historical Perspecctive on Chinese American Scientists and US-China Relations


Dr. Zuoyue Wang: Department of history professor at Cal Poly Pomona.

October 15

The Continuing Significance of Affirmative Action


Dr. Janelle Wong, professor at University of Maryland, and Dr. Mary Kunmi Yu Danico, professor at Cal Poly Pomona, discuss the stigma and challenges of fighting for equality. 

October 9

Race is More Than Checking a Box on a Form: How Filipino Americans Navigate Racial Identity


Dr. Anthony Ocampo: will share findings from his book The Latinos of Asia: How Americans Break the Rules of Race, which has been cited in The New Yorker, NBC, NPR, Public Radio Internationaland a variety of local and international news outlets. 

October 6

Latino Males, Violence and Healing in the Barrio 

Panel Speakers/Moderator:

Dr. Ismael Huerta: a committed educator, youth advocate, mentor, consultant and motivational speaker. 

Dr. Hector Verdugo: is an Associate Executive Director of Homeboy Industries, which provides training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women.

Dr. Alvaro Huerta: moderator and an Associate Professor in Urban & Regional Planning and Ethnic & Women's Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Spring 2020

Feburary 6

Pau Hana Sessions Cal Poly Pomona 


Pau Hana Sessions:  creative media platform run by three social scientists that focuses on curating place-based educational experiences between artists and communities

G ala Rae: also known as Jasmine Rae Gatdula, is a Cal Poly Pomona student who is majoring in Music

Fall 2019

September 28

Live Podcast of  They Call Us Bruce with Helen Zia

Panel Speakers:

They Call Us Bruce:   a podcast run by Jeff Yang, who is an Asian American writer, journalist, and businessman and Phil Yu a Korean American blogger  also known as "Angry Asian Man"

Helen Zia: a Chinese American journalist and activist for Asian American and LGBTQ rights

Spring 2019

March 29

Resistance, Resiliance, & Action

Panel Speakers:

  • Jonnie Owens: Community Relations Coordinator at Cal Poly Pomona

  • Faye Wachs: Sociology Professor at Cal Poly Pomona

  • Shayda Kafai: Ethnic and Womens Studies Professor at Cal Poly Pomona 

Fall 2018

October 16

Does my Voice Matter? The Paradox of the American Dream

Panel Speakers:

  • Melina Abdullah: Professor at Cal State University of Los Angeles

  • Jorge Guiterrez: Trans Queer Liberation Movement

  • Chris Lapining: Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles 

Fall 2017 

Nocember 9

OutRun   Screening and Q&A

OutRun  film screening in the BSC, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.

Winter 2015

February 19 

Memory's WARrants

Panel Speakers:  

  • Dr. Viet Le

  • Phi Hong Su

Fall 2014

October 28  

Weglyn Lecture Series: Social Justice and Identity Politics

Panel Speakers:  

  • Phil Yu

  • Dan Mathews

Winter 2014

Feburary 18

Day of Remembrance: Commemorating the Japanese American Internment

Panel Speakers:  

  • Dr. Franklin Odo

  • Dr. Cathy Schlund-Vials

  • Dr. Steven Shiematsu


Feburary 26

Indigenity in Motion: Impact of and Response to Globalization by Indigenous Communities in the Americas, North Africa, and   Pacific  Islands.

Panel Speakers:  

  • Fatima Sadiqi


March 4 

Asian American in Film, Food, and Marketing

Panel Speakers:  

  • Shilpa Dave

  • Robert Ku

  • Bill Imada  

Spring 2014

April 18 

Women in Motion: Border Exchanges at the Intersections of Home and Diaspora, the Global and the Local, Urban and Rural

Panel Speakers:  

  • Fatima Sadiqi


April 29

Asian Americans in Higher Education

Panel Speakers:  

  • Doris Ching

  • Anna Gonzalez

  • Henry Gee

  • Bob Suzuki 


April 29

Asian  American Literature

Panel Speakers:  

  • Gary Pak

  • Andrew Lam 

Winter 2009

January 29 

Remembering Michi Nishiura Weglyn

A Tribute to An Amazing Legacy of Social Justice and Peace


January 29

A Special Evening with DANIEL HO & FRIENDS

Three-time Grammy Award Winner and two-time Nominee


February 17 

Passing Poston Documentary Screening

Documentary Passing Poston – followed by Q&A with survivors of internment.

Panel Speakers:  

  • Mary Higashi

  • Ruth Okimoto

  • Leon Uyeda

  • Kiyo Sato

Spring 2009

April 7 

Multiracial Relations, Identities, and Communities

Panel Speakers:

  • Dr. Rudy Gueverra: Assistant Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies at Arizona State University

  • Dr. Jon Okamura: Associate Professor of Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa

  • Dr. Caroline Streeter: Assistant Professor for the Department of English and Center for African Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles


April 16 

All Day Marathon Read Aloud: Years of   infamy :  the untold story of America’s concentration camps by Michi Weglyn



May 14 

Panel on Filipino Diaspora

Panel Speakers:

  • Dr. Augusto Espiritu: Associate Professor of History at   University  of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Dr. Martin Manalansan: Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Download: Filipino Diaspora Flyer (PDF)

Fall 2008 Events

October 30 

Speakers on Critical Issues Facing Election 2008

Panel Speakers:

  • Dr. Reginald Daniel: Professor of Sociology, at UC Santa Barbara

  • Kate Kendell: Esq. Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights 


 November 4 

Film screening of Divided We Fall

The DWF Campaign is a people-fueled national movement to create deep community dialogue about racism, religion, and healing in the aftermath of Sept. 11th.



November 6

Faces in America

Performed by Will & Company

Co-sponsored by Multicultural Council and Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers