Ethnicity. Race. Culture. Gender. Cal Poly’s Ethnic Studies Department works at the intersection of these fundamental social forces. By exploring these issues, students are able to understand the factors that shape social and occupational identities, preparing them to work, collaborate and interact in an increasingly heterogeneous and complex world.

Modified from


Senior Projects from 2011


Using Counter-Memory to Build an Historical Knowledge of Struggle, Gonzalo Chávez Villanueva


From Where I am Standing: Indigenous Narrative and Photo Documentary, Nestor R. Veloz Passalacqua