Open Letter

November 16, 2015

To the students we serve –

We wish to express our support for all members of our community, who may be directly or indirectly affected by the recent events that have occurred around the nation and the world. The ISIS suicide bombings in Beirut, the earthquake in Japan, the terrorist bombings in Paris, the earthquake and hurricane in Mexico, and the suicide bombings in Baghdad have created substantial global unrest.

Additionally, student protests have begun in response to incidents of hate and racism at the University of Missouri, Yale University, Claremont McKenna College, Howard University and other campuses around the country.

These issues have profound implications for members of our own community here at Cal Poly Pomona.

We want to reaffirm our commitment to you and your success at the university. We are committed to listening and supporting your lived experiences. Cal Poly Pomona Cultural Centers exist to provide education, advocacy, support, and a safe space for and about various communities. Diversity is our strength and the perspectives of our diverse community enrich the dialogue on difficult issues at difficult times. Here are some of the ways we are committed to supporting you:

• We are committed to guiding you through university processes to address incidents of bias, discrimination, and harassment related, but not limited to racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, biphobia, oppression towards undocumented students, religious oppression, and transphobia.

• We are committed to continuing the work to increase equity and inclusion on our campus.

• We are committed to making Cal Poly Pomona a place where everyone feels safe and feels like they belong.

• We are committed to standing alongside you while ensuring your experiences are recognized and your voices are heard.

• Above all, we are committed to supporting our community as we process the concerns and feelings about recent events.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to any and all of the Cultural Centers for additional questions and support.

What affects one, affects us all. Take care of yourselves and each other.

In solidarity,

Tashiana Bryant, African American Student Center Coordinator

Thavery Lay-Bounpraseuth, Asian & Pacific Islander Student Center Coordinator

Lorena Marquez, Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education Coordinator

Irvin Harrison, Native American Student CenterCoordinator

Brianna Sérráno, Pride Center Coordinator

Anita Roberts, Interim Women’s Resource Center Coordinator

Jami Grosser, Senior Coordinator, Cultural Centers

Cal Poly Pomona Cultural Centers