College - Author 1

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 1

Graphic Communication Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Graphic Communication



Primary Advisor

Hocheol Yang, College of Liberal Arts, Graphic Communication Department


The GrC Student Advisory Board developed a DEI Committee consisting of student members and faculty advisors to amplify resources and equal opportunities for the department in the Spring of 2023. For the Graphic Communication major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, having a DEI Committee is valuable for several reasons, particularly given the context of Cal Poly lacking diversity. In fact, Cal Poly is considered the only predominantly white institution of the 23 CSU campuses, and also the whitest public university in California. A DEI Committee in GrC significantly contributes to creating a more inclusive, productive, and innovative environment in the department and at Cal Poly SLO as a whole. It’s a step towards not just enhancing the educational experience for all students but also preparing them to enter a global workforce that values and practices diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Since this committee was recently launched and is experiencing early stages of development, the expectations and structure remain slightly vague and raised confusion and miscommunication among group members. In order to create a lasting impact on the behalf of the GrC DEI Committee, the handbook aims to unite and strengthen members through a meaningful purpose, clear expectations, and strong foundational structure. This handbook has been created in a digital format to be easily accessible for both student and faculty committee members. It is designed to serve as a comprehensive guide, addressing any queries the committee may encounter. All committee members are encouraged to engage with the content by editing, adding to, reformatting, or revising the handbook to enhance its effectiveness and functionality. Maintaining the handbook's relevance by regularly updating it with the most helpful information contributes to the long-term success of the GrC DEI Committee. Implementing the GrC DEI Committee handbook as a reliable guiding tool will maximize the positive impact of the DEI Committee and enhance the training and development of members for years to come.