Mission Statement

The College of Education and Integrative Studies is a learning community focused on meeting the present and future needs of students in our communities. We educate students to become highly qualified and significant leaders in our society. We are committed to the principles of diversity, ethics and social justice, and life-long learning. Central to our mission are innovative and integrative thinking, reflective practice, collaborative action, and learning by doing.

EWS Symposium Showcases Student Projects


The Department of Ethnic & Women’s Studies (EWS) at the College of Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS) showcased dozens of Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies (GEMS) student projects at the annual EWS Capstone Senior Project Symposium held at Kellogg West Conference Center at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP).

“During the annual symposium, our seniors present their best work,” said Dr. Gilbert Cadena, chair of EWS. “It’s a year-long project and we are happy to have them share their critical findings and analysis of civic engagement through community-based internships.”

The symposium provides an opportunity for students to present their research and internship projects to faculty, staff, students and administrators at CPP. At the end, audience members have an opportunity to participate in a live question and answer session. 

“The symposium is a culmination of a year-long course sequence that has allowed our students to engage with research methods and produce original research reports.  This practice is aligned with our university's philosophy of learn by doing,” said Dr. Jose Aguilar-Hernandez, professor and recipient of CEIS’s 2017 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award.  “I’m incredibly proud of our students. Our students are brilliant; they are scholars; and this event is a perfect example of their demonstrated leadership. They are the leaders of today and tomorrow and they’re going to give back to our community in ways that I’m excited to witness in years to come.”

Following the symposium, participants convened for a luncheon and scholarship awards ceremony. This year, EWS provided $2,250 in scholarships. The recipients included: Kimberly Alvarez (Charles C. Irby Award), Dierdre Mercado (GEMS Outstanding Scholar Award), Jessica Gutierrez (Richard and Teresa Santillan Community Service & Activist Scholar Award), Saul Vera (Dianne B. Gugel Women’s Studies Award), Amalia Macias (Dianne B. Gugel Women’s Studies Award), River Garza (Walking Shield Native American Studies Award) and Martin Lopez (GEMS Promising First Year Award).

“I’m pleased to congratulate all of our students for completing their senior capstone projects,” said CEIS Interim Dean Nancy Hurlbut.  “I celebrate our presenters as well as thank Dr. Cadena for his dedication to student success.”