Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Cal Poly College of Engineering fosters an environment based in love, empathy and respect where all are supported, energized and empowered. Opportunities to contribute exist for all and a broad range of voices and experiences are necessary as we co-create our future. We are developing an inclusive community where everyone can be their own unique selves.

The Land on Which we Learn

Cal Poly is located in tiłhini, the Place of the Full Moon. We gratefully acknowledge, respect, and thank yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini, Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County and Region in whose homelands we are guests.

What's Happening in CENG

Strategic Goals 2021-2026

  • GOAL 1 - Cultivate an inclusive college culture and eliminate all forms of oppression
  • GOAL 2 - Strive for a diverse CENG community and exceed national averages for representation in engineering programs
  • GOAL 3 - Increase graduation rates and achieve equitable outcomes for all students

A college culture where actions and policies support the success of all community members and the work of inclusion is widely recognized to be the responsibility of the entire CENG community. 

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice Capacity BuildingIcons: CENG Leadership, CENG Organization & Committees, Departments/Faculty, Policy, Culture & Belonging
  • Integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice with CENG curriculum Icons: Departments/Faculty, Curriculum and Student Success
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion,  and justice Curriculum Innovation Awards Icons: CENG Leadership, CENG Organization & Committees, Curriculum and Student Success, Culture & Belonging
  • State of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice in engineering annual workshop Icons: Departments/Faculty, Culture and Belonging
  • Regular assessment of CENG culture and climate Icons: CENG Leadership, External Partners, Policy, Culture and Belonging
  • Review all college policies with an eye on equity. Include DEI perspective in all performance reviews Icons: CENG Leadership, CENG Organization Committees, Culture and Belonging

Steady progress in diversifying the faculty, staff, and student bodies of CENG with respect to historically minorities communities. CENG is a national leader in awarding degrees to communities historically underserved in engineering. 

  • Establish a CENG Undergraduate Recruitment Committee Icons: CENG Organization & Committees, CENG Programs, Curriculum and Student Success
  • Partner with Cal Poly Admissions to develop recruitment strategies Icons: CENG Leadership, External Partners, Policy, Culture and Belonging
  • Strengthen Community Colleges partnerships, establish Transfer Champions Icons: CENG Leadership, Departments/Faculty, Policy, Culture and Belonging
  • Implement inclusive hiring guidelines for all faculty and staff positions Icons: Departments / Faculty, Curriculum and Student Success, Culture and Belonging

CENG meets the Cal Poly established goals for graduation rates for all student populations disaggregated by all tracked cohorts. 

  • Equitable achievement of outcomes through targeted retention advising Icons: Departments/Faculty, CENG Programs, Curriculum and Student Success
  • Establish a ESS Faculty Advising Scholar Program Icons: CENG Leadership, CENG Programs, Curriculum and Student Success, Policy,
  • Equitable achievement of outcomes through curriculum design Icons: CENG Leadership, Departments/Faculty, Curriculum and Student Services
  • GOAL 1 - Cultivate an inclusive college culture and eliminate all forms of oppression
  • GOAL 2 - Strive for a diverse CENG community and exceed national averages for representation in engineering programs
  • GOAL 3 - Increase graduation rates and achieve equitable outcomes for all students

A college culture where actions and policies support the success of all community members and the work of inclusion is widely recognized to be the responsibility of the entire CENG community. 

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice Capacity BuildingIcons: CENG Leadershio, CENG Organization & Committees, Departments/Faculty, Policy, Culture & Belonging
  • Integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice with CENG curriculum Icons: Departments/Faculty, Curriculum and Student Success
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion,  and justice Curriculum Innovation Awards Icons: CENG Leadership, CENG Organization & Committees, Curriculum and Student Success, Culture & Belonging
  • State of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice in engineering annual workshop Icons: Departments/Faculty, Culture and Belonging
  • Regular assessment of CENG culture and climate Icons: CENG Leadership, External Partners, Policy, Culture and Belonging
  • Review all college policies with an eye on equity. Include DEI perspective in all performance reviews Icons: CENG Leadership, CENG Organization Committees, Culture and Belonging

Steady progress in diversifying the faculty, staff, and student bodies of CENG with respect to historically minorities communities. CENG is a national leader in awarding degrees to communities historically underserved in engineering. 

  • Establish a CENG Undergraduate Recruitment Committee Icons: CENG Organization & Committees, CENG Programs, Curriculum and Student Success
  • Partner with Cal Poly Admissions to develop recruitment strategies Icons: CENG Leadership, External Partners, Policy, Culture and Belonging
  • Strengthen Community Colleges partnerships, establish Transfer Champions Icons: CENG Leadership, Departments/Faculty, Policy, Culture and Belonging
  • Implement inclusive hiring guidelines for all faculty and staff positions Icons: Departments / Faculty, Curriculum and Student Success, Culture and Belonging

CENG meets the Cal Poly established goals for graduation rates for all student populations disaggregated by all tracked cohorts. 

  • Equitable achievement of outcomes through targeted retention advising Icons: Departments/Faculty, CENG Programs, Curriculum and Student Success
  • Establish a ESS Faculty Advising Scholar Program Icons: CENG Leadership, CENG Programs, Curriculum and Student Success, Policy,
  • Equitable achievement of outcomes through curriculum design Icons: CENG Leadership, Departments/Faculty, Curriculum and Student Services

Our Collaborative Communities

Responsible People and Parties

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CENG Leadership


The College Council has ultimate responsibility for our commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Find out More!


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CENG Organizations & Committees


Action happens through our people.

How do you want to get involved?


  • CENG JEDI Committee – Contact Zoë Wood
  • CENG student clubs and organizations – contact Eric Mehiel

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Departments / Faculty


Our dedicated faculty are leading institutional change.

Get connected with efforts going on in your department

CENG Programs


CENG is committed to supporting all our students and achieving equitable outcomes.

Find your supportive community

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External Partners


We work in collaboration with groups on and off campus to achieve our goals.

Want to connect with CENG to promote Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion?

How we will track our progress

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Curriculum and Student Success


The heart of the student academic experience

  • Integration of JEDI topics into the curriculum
  • Equitable graduation and GPA student outcomes
  • Meeting the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 goals

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Training, Workshops Learning Communities


Providing opportunities to engage and learn as a community

Progress is measured by:

  • Participation in JEDI related training and workshops
  • Annual CENG JEDI Workshop

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Policy


How we do our work is foundational to our culture

  • Inclusive recruitment and hiring guidelines
  • Performance evaluations
  • Faculty development programs

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Culture and Belonging


Who are we, who do we want to be, and how will we get there?

  • Regular culture and climate assessment used as input to continuous improvement efforts
  • Recruitment activities resulting in more diverse student application pools
  • National leader in student and faculty demographics among engineering colleges

This resource is open to all Faculty, Staff, and Students of CENG who want to make a difference. These mini-grants are intended for small projects ranging from $200.00 to $1,000.00.

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As a division of Engineering Student Services, the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) is an academic support program designed to retain and graduate students who continue to remain underrepresented in engineering. MEP leverages a strong support network to build a community and provide the necessary bridges for students’ academic, personal, and professional success. Visit the MEP website to learn more.

The Women’s Engineering Program (WEP) supports Cal Poly women engineering students through a variety of academic, leadership, and social activities. WEP’s mission is to recruit and retain women engineering and computer science students by focusing on outreach, on-campus support, and professional preparation objectives. The program connects students to their peers, alumnae, faculty, and industry representatives. Visit the WEP website to learn more.

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