Diversity Ambassador Program

Diversity Ambassador Program

What is the Diversity Ambassador Program?

The Diversity Ambassador program is an academic program that supports Cal Poly Pomona’s mission to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and practice, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, and careers in a changing multicultural world.
  • The Diversity Ambassador Program strives to cultivate student leaders who are focused on the issues of social injustice and bettering their community through their involvement.
  • The Diversity Ambassador Program sends students of various racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds to visit historic sites across the country in order to learn about historical events.  This culturally diverse group of students experiences the rich history of the Civil Rights Movement or the Underground Railroad by traveling across the United States as an alternative, educational spring break. They are challenged to identify the legacy they intend to leave as individuals. Students can receive 4 units of academic credit for this trip through the Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department. The application process for the Diversity Ambassador begins in the Spring Quarter.

 

The Cal Poly Pomona Diversity Ambassador Program was formed to educate Cal Poly Pomona students about the significance of the Civil Rights Movement.  Our goal is to have students of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds travel to Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee, and Georgia to visit historical monuments, museums, black colleges, churches, and institutions related to the emergence of the Civil Rights Movement.

Student Impact: 

“Diversity Ambassadors has not only opened my eyes to experiences and history I’ve never learned before, but it truly helped me develop a sense of urgency and determination when it comes to learning about social justice. There are many events that happened in the Civil Rights era that mirror events happening right now, the issues and struggles remain present today and need to be addressed. DA has brought me closer to my peers and closer to a community that I hardly knew anything about. I am grateful and privileged to be welcomed into a space I did not identify with. My aim was to learn about different communities, and I feel that this trip exposed me to diverse viewpoints and opinions. This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about the Civil Rights movement, and I am thankful a program like this exists. This trip will forever be in my heart and memory.”

-2016-2017 Diversity Ambassador

“Being a Diversity Ambassador has impacted me by showing me I had the strength and courage to go out and make a difference in the world. I am an introvert by nature, and I had to step out of my comfort zone along this journey. But the growth that I experienced was well worth it. After becoming a Diversity Ambassador, I am encouraged to go out and start the sometimes-uncomfortable conversations about what diversity actually means and how it affects society. This program has given me a new family, a world- worth of knowledge that I will take with me forever, and an experience with history a part of me that I never knew I had”

-2016-2017 Diversity Ambassador 

“Diversity Ambassadors has ultimately improved my world view; it has increased my self-awareness, and my love for my culture. I have learned more in Diversity Ambassadors this year than I have in my entire time spent in grade school history classes. There is so much underestimated value in this organization, and in this class, that cannot be duplicated, nor replaced. This experience has changed my entire life, and there is nothing I can do to discredit what I have been given.”

-2016-2017 Diversity Ambassador 

“My history does not start nor end with slavery. Because I have learned my history, I can make an impact in the present to protect our future, so that the past will not repeat itself. There is no shame in being black. Behind the black skin there is love, unity, and power. I have just had to learn to love myself and black peers in a world where it is telling us to hate. When you learn to love and appreciate the life you have been given is when you have truly freed yourself.”

-2016-2017 Diversity Ambassador