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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





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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.

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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.

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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

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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

Velasquez & Inchausti Podcast

May 31, 2016

Chicana Superwoman

If you were not among the ~90 people who attended May's conversation event with Gloria Velasquez of MLL and Robert Inchausti of English, you may now tap into the podcast here:

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Decolonize Your Diet

May 3, 2016

Luz Calvo, Ph.D., Professor of Ethnic Studies, CSU East Bay.

"Decolonize Your Diet"

Monday, May 2 4 p.m.

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Ethnic Studies Presents Luz Calvo, May 2, 4 p.m.

Apr 19, 2016

The Ethnic Studies Department is pleased to announce the upcoming visit of
Luz Calvo, Ph.D., Professor of Ethnic Studies, CSU East Bay.

Cal Poly to Host April 7 Talk on Diversity and Excellence in Higher Education

Mar 11, 2016

Visiting Cal Poly Professor Gilda L. Ochoa will give a free public presentation titled “Unpacking Diversity and Excellence: Lessons for Institutions of Higher Education” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion on campus.

Ethnic Studies presents Dr. Victor Rios, Tues. Feb. 16

Jan 29, 2016

Ethnic Studies is pleased to announce the upcoming visit of Dr. Victor Rios, author and award winning professor of Sociology at UCSB.


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