Office of the President

Honoring National Native American Heritage Month

November 9, 2022

Native American Heritage Month offers us the opportunity to intentionally reflect on and celebrate the contributions, histories and traditions of American Indians/Native Americans as valued members of our campus, our communities and the nation.  

We at Cal Poly Pomona have a responsibility to be deliberate and inclusive in our recognition of the many tribes who have ties to the land on which we are fortunate to carry out our educational mission. These include the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar as well as the Kizh, Serrano, Cahuilla, Rumsen Ohlone and Luiseno people who have historically also shared this land. I urge each member of our community to acknowledge this responsibility and to contribute to honoring these connections. 

I welcome each of you to make time to stop by the Native American Student Center to learn about its resources and programming. I also invite you to participate in the events and programs taking place at Cal Poly Pomona this month — and all year round — along with the activities in the communities where you live. By learning from and offering support for our American Indian/Native American students, faculty and staff, we can further our aspirations of a more inclusive campus and society.