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Keynote & Affiliated Programs

Keynote Speaker

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Rocío Mendoza is a doctoral candidate studying higher education in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Her research focuses on the retention, persistence, and graduate school pathways of Chicanx-Latinx college students and the role institutional contexts play in facilitating their degree attainment. Prior to returning to pursue her doctoral degree, Rocío served as a Coordinator and Director for the TELACU Education Foundation Upward Bound Program in East Los Angeles and also worked with other educational equity programs including the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. She attributes her own academic and professional trajectory to the countless opportunities afforded through these programs as well as to the critical mentors who have supported her along the way. Rocío earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with a double major in Human Services, where she was also a McNair Scholar at California State University, Fullerton. She earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. Rocío is the oldest daughter of Mexican immigrants and grew up in city of La Puente, California.

Affiliated Programs


The RISE Program at Cal Poly Pomona is designed to integrate experiences in independent research, faculty and peer mentoring, role modeling and professional skill-building to prepare qualified underrepresented minority (URM) science students for advancement to successful PhD careers in biomedical research. The goal of the RISE Program is to increase the number of URM students admitted to doctoral programs and to give them the academic and research preparation that they need to complete their PhD.


In the eight-week program, participating students learn about lab safety training, work on a faculty-mentored research project, articulate what they have learned on a research poster or oral presentation at the annual summer symposium, network and engage with students from other research labs, and integrate to the four-year institution experience.

NSF REU Big Data

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.

Pomona Valley Review

Established in 2002, Pomona Valley Review is an annual, online liberal arts journal published by English graduate students of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, by faculty, and by continuing graduate students from Cal Poly who are now pursuing doctoral work or developing their professional careers. Our staff includes English M.A. students or Ph.D. students whose focus is either rhetoric & composition, literature, or teaching English as a second or subsequent language; therefore, our perspectives capture the interdisciplinary atmosphere of our program and translate the scene to the page. We not only enjoy classic literature, but also edgy, provocative, and groundbreaking literature which attempts to deconstruct the paradigms that have supported the English intelligentsia over the past centuries.