Office of the President

Statement of President Coley in Solidarity with the Women of Iran and for the Rights of Women Across the Globe

October 17, 2022

As an institution committed to equity and justice, Cal Poly Pomona joins universities around the world in expressing solidarity with the women of Iran and for the rights of women across the globe. Through this expression of unity, we affirm the dignity inherent in each of us and recognize the sacrifices made by all those fighting for freedom and against oppression.

The bravery of the women protestors in Iran is on full display to the world. Their courage serves as a powerful reminder of the responsibilities each of us has to be actively engaged in public life, to exercise our responsibility to vote, and to seek understanding of struggles in our own communities and around the world.

I acknowledge that members of our own university community have family, friends and colleagues in Iran. As always, if you need support, I urge you to take advantage of the resources available to you.