Breadcrumb Menu

Recent News

COVID-19 and Cal Poly

Sep 27, 2020

Cal Poly is actively monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For information and updates about COVID-19, 
please visit

Continue reading COVID-19 and Cal Poly...

Ethnic Studies Virtual Spaces

May 20, 2020

As a department, we understand this is a very uncertain, and confusing time for many.  We want to be able to address your needs and concerns, and most importantly, continue our spirit of community and care during this difficult time. Social distancing should not mean social isolation!

We have three zoom virtual spaces that will be running:

Ethnic Studies Virtual Office:

The Ethnic Studies Virtual Office will run Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, and again from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM. Mei Emerald and/or Sara will be available in that space during these times to answer your questions and provide assistance with department related matters. When you first sign in, please speak up so we know you are there! We both have our camera’s covered when not in use, but are here, and will hear you. If for some reason either of us needs to step away, we will update the chat panel with when we will return.

Ethnic Studies Virtual Lobby:

While our physical Ethnic Studies Office space is a place for community members to just hang out and connect; we have quickly discovered that the Ethnic Studies Virtual Office is not an appropriate place for this. With this in mind, we have set up the Ethnic Studies Virtual Lobby. If you are looking to socialize with other members of the ES Community, this is the space for that! (If you need to connect, and there isn’t anyone in this space, you are still welcome to hop over to the Ethnic Studies Virtual Office-we are here for you!)

Ethnic Studies Lunch Hour:

The Ethnic Studies Lunch Hour is a weekly time for the department to come together over a meal to check-in. Each week has its own theme that will be updated here: 

Continue reading Ethnic Studies Virtual Spaces...
Rebeca Almeida

Rebeca Almeida to Receive Academic Excellence Award

May 14, 2020

Rebeca Almeida (she/her/hers), a Comparative Ethnic Studies Major/Public Health double major and Women & Gender Studies minor, has been selected by the College of Liberal Arts to receive the Academic Excellence Award. This award reflects her extraordinary “level of intellect, drive, hunger for learning, and passion for social justice” said Dr. Denise Isom, the Ethnic Studies Chair.  

Initially when Rebecca came to Cal Poly she was a Biology major, later she switched into Ethnic Studies, which Rebeca believes truly “changed her life”. Eventually, she added a Public Health major, allowing her to delve deeper into the intersections of public health and Ethnic Studies. Passionate and driven, Rebeca ended her sophomore year by successfully obtaining an internship with the Institute of Collective Health in Brazil (similar to the CDC) where she studied the intersections of obstetric health and racism for Afro-Brazilian womxn. This was just the beginning of a stream of accomplishments. Shortly after her internship, she was invited to serve as a research analyst at UCSF doing a project on breast cancer. Then, not long after she was selected as a BEACoN Research scholar to work with multiple faculty members in Kinesiology/Public Health department.

Within the academic year of 2019-2020, Rebeca has co-authored seven academic peer-reviewed journal articles (three of which she is the first author) and has presented at eight academic Public Health conferences. Dr. Isom stated in her nomination to the college that “her [Rebecca’s] productivity rivals that of a faculty member, and she is just getting started.”

Rebeca’s work is not only limited to research, journals and conferences. She currently serves as the president of the Public Health club, is as a student representative for the Public Health and Ethnic Studies departments, in addition to working on an app to help Brazilians (in Brazil and the U.S.) who have low to no health literacy and volunteering in the community--all of which she has managed to accomplish while maintaining above a 3.9 GPA.

Our department is very proud of Rebeca for all that she has achieved, and the ways in which she has thoughtfully come about those achievements. Upon receiving the award, Rebeca stated “I could not have asked for a better college experience: Ethnic Studies was all I wanted, needed, and more. I know the relationships I created in this department will last for a lifetime, and I am extremely proud to soon be an Ethnic Studies alumna.”

We believe that for Rebeca, this is just the start, even the sky is too little of a limit!

Some of Rebeca’s work is highlighted below:

Almeida, R., Alvarez, S., Whaley, S., & Ventura, A.K. (2019). A Qualitative Study of Breastfeeding and Formula-feeding Mothers' Perceptions of and Experiences in the WIC Program. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Almeida, R., Fang, C. Y., Byrne, C. & Tseng, M. (Under Review). Mammographic Breast Density and Acculturation: Longitudinal Analysis in Chinese Immigrants.

Almeida, R., Lopez-Macha, A., Dugatkin, T., Duron, Y., & Fejerman, L. (Under Review). Community Research Collaboration to develop a Promotor-based hereditary breast cancer education program for Spanish-speaking Latinos.

Alber, J.M., Cohen, C., Bleakley, A., Ghazvini, S., Tolentino, B., Almeida, R., & Chance, B.L. (March 2019). Comparing the effects of different hepatitis B storytelling videos among a sample of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Poster presented at the Society for Public Health Education Conference, UT.

Take Me To Your Leader

May 3, 2018

Take Me To Your Leader Flyer PDF

One of the nation’s foremost Americanists, John Carlos Rowe, will present “Take Me To Your Leader” Sarah Winnemucca’s Transnational Authority in Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims.  This is a talk on his forthcoming book, The Ends of Transnationalism and Nineteenth-Century US Cultural Imperialism.

This event is free and open to the public.

When: Thursday, May 17, 2018; 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: University Union, Room 220
Further Info:

John Carlos Rowe Webpage

Sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department, in conjunction with the CLA Lottery Fund.




Continue reading Take Me To Your Leader...

Bey Day 2018

May 3, 2018

Bey Day 2018 Flyer PDF

This one-day event is a showcase of academic panels and performance work around the politics of Beyoncé’s musical and visual cannon.  The event includes student presentations, dance performances, and spoke word poetry.  There will also be opportunities to make art and view an altar that is dedicated to Women of Color that have lost their lives due to police violence.  Please join us.

This event is free and open to the public.

When: Thursday, May 31, 2018; 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: University Union, Room 220
Further Info:

Sponsored by Ethnic Studies and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion [OUDI].


Continue reading Bey Day 2018...

Don't Believe the Hype

Feb 15, 2018

Check out the Mustang News Article on this exciting upcoming project with Dr. Jenell Navarro:
Don’t Believe The Hype: The unique elements of the hip-hop library exhibit

Continue reading Don't Believe the Hype...

Poetic Justice Project

Feb 15, 2018

Poetic Justice Project Flyer PDF

Poetic Justice Project will perform "Time Will Tell," a story about lives before, during and after incarceration; then engage in a one-hour discussion with students and formerly incarcerated cast members. Students will have the opportunity to critically analyze social structures and engage with diverse members of our local community, which directly support the criteria set forth in the University Learning Objectives, General Education Area D objectives, and the USCP learning objectives. Because many Cal Poly students tend to have little direct experience with or knowledge about the prison industrial complex, this performance and ensuing dialog can act as a vital teaching moment and facilitate deeper engagement by students in our civil society.

This event is free and open to the public.

When: Wednesday, March 07, 2018; 12:10 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Advanced Technology Lab [ATL] 07-002
Further Info:

Poetic Justice Project Website

Sponsored by the Comparative Ethnic Studies Student Association [CESSA], in conjunction with the Vantage Point Program from the Office of Student Affairs; the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion [OUDI]; the Social Sciences Department, and the Ethnic Studies Department.

Continue reading Poetic Justice Project...

Hip Hop Symposium 2018

Feb 14, 2018

Hip Hop Symposium 2018 Flyer PDF


The 2018 Winter Hip-Hop Symposium is a showcase of all the elements of hip-hop culture (deejaying, emceeing, graffiti writing, breakdancing, and knowledge production). The event is organized by Dr. Jenell Navarro and the students of ES 310: Hip-Hop, Poetics and Politics. The program includes student performances in music and dance, presentations of scholarly work in hip-hop studies, a live deejay, and featured rappers from Southern California. The featured artists this year are Miki Vale and Queen Kandi Cole, who make up the group FIFTY50. The event is free and open to the public. Please join us for an exciting evening of hip-hop on Cal Poly's campus!

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018; 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Chumash Auditorium
Further Info:

FIFTY50 "Get Em Up"
FIFTY50 "Black"
FIFTY50 "E.P.I.C."

Brought to you by the Department of Ethnic Studies, Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, College of Liberal Arts, The Multicultural Center & The Gender Equity Center.

Continue reading Hip Hop Symposium 2018...
Website Under Update

Website Update in Progress

Feb 4, 2018

We are pleased to announce our website is in process of being updated! The first phase of updates will include bringing the current content current, setting up a better Alumni Connect extension, and including a Department Calendar of Events. We are hoping to have these first phase updates completed by the end of Summer Quarter 2020. If you have suggestions of content you would like to see here, corrections for current content, or would like to submit content for our News & Events page, please email

Continue reading Website Update in Progress...

Conversations with Cal Poly Authors ft. ES Professor Dr. Elvira Pulitano

Jan 25, 2017

Dr. Elvira Pulitano, Professor, Ethnic Studies Department

"Transnational Narratives from the Caribbean: Diasporic Literature and the Human Experience"

Feb. 17 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Related Content