College - Author 1

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 1

Social Sciences Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BA in Sociology

College - Author 2

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 2

Graphic Communication Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Graphic Communication



Primary Advisor

Ryan Alaniz, College of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences Department

Additional Advisors

Ruoxi Ma, College of Liberal Arts, Graphic Communications Department


The Subaltern intends to reach Cal Poly students who do not feel as if their voices are heard and allow them the platform to share their stories. Our focus is on unheard stories from our campus - whether this involves race, class, gender identity, mental health, ethnicity, culture, or any unique part of one’s identity or experience. We hope that these stories will begin to shed light on what we usually consider “taboo” topics and allow students to feel as if they aren’t alone.

Being a very homogeneous campus, it is important for us to realize that privileged voices are usually the ones being listened to. We can also see this when looking at this campus’ history as racist and culturally appropriated events have unfortunately occurred. We believe this magazine is needed at Cal Poly, as it will begin to open up a space for those who have not had the privilege and power to let their stories be heard.

By sharing these stories, we strive to celebrate the diversity of individuals on our campus. We aim to make this magazine something our whole student body can be a part of, and through these stories, we will be able to grow stronger as a campus and provide a space to truly cultivate empathy. Throughout the years, we hope more and more people will feel comfortable sharing these stories and experiences through whichever medium they prefer.