SOE Candidate Campus Resource Guide
Find important campus resources below to help you create the best experience possible during your time with the School of Education. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need additional support or access to resources not listed here. The School of Education is here to support you and ensure you can be your best. These resources are also available in a downloadable pdf here.
Stay up to date on COVID-related requirements for students, faculty, and staff by visiting the Cal Poly Coronavirus Information page. Student Campus Pass requirements can be found in the Campus Update titled "Campus Pass Guidance for Fall Quarter" sent out on 9/13/21.
For all programs visit: basicneeds.calpoly.edu/on-campus-programs
CalFresh is like financial aid for food! Meet with the CalFresh Team on campus to find out if you qualify to receive an average of $150 for food at grocery stores and farmers’ markets every month! Virtual Appointments can be made via call/text.
CONTACT: Phone: 805-339-0236 (call/text), Email: email@example.com
The Cal Poly Food Pantry is a short-term service available to assist students who are experiencing food insecurity due to a financial struggle.
CONTACT: Phone: 805-756-6181
Students can receive up to $20/week to assist with meals on campus at Vista Grande, Campus Market, Red Radish, Mustang Station, and Poly Canyon Village.
CONTACT: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CAL POLY CARES
Cal Poly Cares provides support to students with unexpected and urgent unmet needs including but not limited to: tuition payments, academic supplies, medical expenses, emergency housing, commencement regalia, and other temporary hardships.
CONTACT: Email: email@example.com
We support students to achieve excellence in both practice-oriented and research-based professional graduate programs that develop the advanced knowledge and leadership skills necessary to contribute to and prosper in an increasingly competitive global context. We work to inspire students to innovate and excel in their educational and professional career objectives.
CONTACT: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: grad.calpoly.edu
GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION
Orientation has gone virtual! It is available in your Canvas courses via your My Cal Poly Portal. Orientation includes welcome videos from Graduate Education and campus partners, as well as information on different campus and virtual services.
Orientation also provides you with essential information on upcoming events hosted by the Graduate Student Association!
CONTACT: Email: email@example.com
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION (GSA)
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) comprises graduate students at the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). The GSA’s mission is to enrich the graduate student experience by advocating for the physical and psychological well-being of ALL graduate students, promoting graduate career advancement and professional development resources, and empowering graduate student-led action and programming for the Cal Poly community.
CONTACT: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Follow GSA on Instagram: @gsa_calpoly
In this video, you will learn about your Canvas Dashboard and Global Navigation links. You’ll also learn about navigating a course and accessing assignments Find the video here.
Changes often force us to adapt in ways we’ve never experienced, which can be a major driver of personal (and even professional) growth and development. Visit the Canvas Support webpage to find additional Canvas support resources.
CONTACT: Website: canvassupport.calpoly.edu/students
Career Services empowers students to achieve a lifetime of meaningful career success by engaging with Cal Poly's vibrant network.
CONTACT: Phone: 805-756-2501, Email: email@example.com, Website: careerservices.calpoly.edu
DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER (BLDG. 124)
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) cultivates an accessible and inclusive community where students with permanent and temporary disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of campus life. We facilitate student learning and access through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff.
CONTACT: Phone: 805-756-1395, Website: drc.calpoly.edu
STUDENT DIVERSITY & BELONGING (BLDG. 65 - UU217)
Student Diversity and Belonging is a collaborative subdivision of campus community centers that serve an active role in creating a culturally rich environment at Cal Poly’s campus and in San Luis Obispo. We instill understandings of diversity and inclusive excellence that cannot be separate from learning, teaching, collaboration, trust, and community. Student Diversity & Belonging is organized into two cluster areas: Gender & Sexuality and Race & Ethnicity.
- Gender Equity Center
- LGBTQ Campus Life
- Men & Masculinities
- Black Academic Excellence Center
- Dream Center
- Multicultural Center
- Native American & Indigenous Cultural Center
CONTACT: Phone: 805-756-7177, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: culture.calpoly.edu
CAREER SERVICES - DIVERSITY RESOURCES
Career Services provides services to all members of the Mustang family. We openly engage all of those who are a part of our community and the diversity represented. We encourage you to explore how organizations value attracting diverse students in order to build an inclusive culture with diverse perspectives.
CONTACT: Website: careerservices.calpoly.edu
EDUCATORS OF COLOR CLUB
Educators of Color was created with the purpose to create a space for students of color who are passionate about the educational field from teaching primary, secondary, or post-secondary settings, to working as administrators or as student/academic affairs personnel.
CONTACT: Club Sponsors - Tina Cheuk email@example.com & Amanda Frye firstname.lastname@example.org
STUDENTS WITH DEPENDENTS
Cal Poly’s goal is to ensure that all student parents have the support and resources they need to overcome challenges and succeed in a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment. The Students with Dependents webpage has various support services designed to help pregnant and parenting students succeed and thrive at Cal Poly.
CONTACT: Email: email@example.com, Website: parent.calpoly.edu/students-with-dependents, Instagram: @cpstudentswithdependents
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION EQUITY & INCLUSION COMMITTEE
This SOE committee works to ensure equity and inclusion is a focus in recruitment, infrastructure, community engagement, and clinical practice. Reach out to for more information or to join in the work.
CONTACT: Coordinator - Jessica Jensen firstname.lastname@example.org
Instagram accounts addressing social justice and diverse identities:
- @teachandtransform - Liz Kleinrock
- @wokekindergarten - global, abolitionist early learning community
- @readlikearockstarteaching - Naomi Simone O'Brien
- @theconsciouskid - Parenting. Education. Children's Books.
- @teaching_on_purpose - Davena Smith, SS/ELA teacher
- @first_conversations - Supporting first conversations about race, gender, consent, & bodies.
- @cal_poly_sabe - Cal Poly's SABE program prepares bilingual educators committed to social and racial justice.
- @calpolydos - Cal Poly's Office of the Dean of Students
- @calpolypridecenter - LGBTQ Campus Life
- @cpgenderequity - A place for all interested in gender equity, social justice, & Intersectionality.
- @calpolymcc - The Cal Poly Multicultural Center has gone virtual!
Articles about addressing a queer identity as an educator:
- Heinemann Blog - "I'm Coming Out (As A Queer Educator Who Will No Longer Do This Work Alone)"
- GLSEN.org - "LGBTQ Educators: What We Know and What They Need"
- facingtoday.facinghistory.org - "Teaching While Queer: One Teacher on Being Out in the Classroom"
FINANCIAL AID (BLDG. 1-212)
Provides help in planning your finances and organizing your resources to cover your college costs. Contact Financial Aid for more details and to make an appointment with a financial aid advisor.
CONTACT: Email: email@example.com
24-7 CRISIS LINE: 805-756-2511
CAMPUS HEALTH & WELLBEING (BLDG. 27)
Cal Poly Health Services provides care by appointment and on an urgent care basis for most student illnesses and injuries. Cal Poly Counseling Services works with a range of students from different cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, students who want to talk about a new relationship or a recent break-up, homesickness, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, and poor academic performance. For more information regarding health and counseling services at Cal Poly, visit hcs.calpoly.edu
CONTACT: Phone: 805-756-1211, Website: hcs.calpoly.edu
Wherever you are in your academic and personal journey, Counseling Services is here to help you take steps toward emotional health and wellbeing through our clinical, educational, and consultative services.
- ROOTS (Reclaiming Our Origins Through Self-Exploration: A BIPOC Support Group): a space for BIPOC students to explore their intersecting identities and gain support through shared stories in the current political climate. ROOTS is a support group that will be running Tuesdays from 10:10 - 11:40 AM. Students interested may contact Counseling Services for a brief appointment prior to joining the group.
Let’s Talk: The Let's Talk series is a free, confidential, and informal consultation for Cal Poly Students with a mental health provider. It’s not therapy, but a student can talk about anything on their mind, they can discuss the heaviness of the current moment, and/or seek guidance (e.g., how to help a friend, how to seek services, wanting to learn more about a coping skill, etc.). We are also happy to consult with faculty and staff during this time if they feel concerned about a student.
Let’s Talk: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2-2:50 PM at URL: https://zoom.us/j/97713861468
Let’s Talk: Anything and Everything is a space specifically for underrepresented and/or marginalized students who want to meet with someone committed to inclusion, cultural humility, and challenging their own bias and privilege. Fridays, 11-11:50 AM at URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86260282673
UndocuTalk is a space for students who are undocumented, from mixed-status families, and their allies who want to speak with mental health therapists who work in partnership with the Dream Center. Tuesdays: October 5th, November 2nd, & November 30th
2 PM-2:50 PM at URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/93395246223
CONTACT: Phone: 805-756-2511, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: chw.calpoly.edu/counseling
GRADUATE STUDENT DROP-IN SUPPORT GROUP
Group Therapy is when a group of no more than 8-10 students meet with 1-2 therapists for 60-90 minutes. We offer a variety of groups including Therapy groups (i.e., support groups, psycho-educational groups, interpersonal process groups) and Drop-In groups. Some groups are time-limited with a specific focus, while others are broader and open-ended.
CONTACT: Counseling Center Phone: 805-756-2511, Website: chw.calpoly.edu/counseling
GRADUATE STUDENT HOUSING
Housing is available to transfer and graduate students in our fully furnished campus apartments. For more information, visit http://www.housing.calpoly.edu/studenthousing/transfer-graduate-student-housing
CONTACT: Phone: 805-756-1226, Email: email@example.com, Website: housing.calpoly.edu
OMBUDS (LIBRARY 35-113)
The office of Student Ombuds Services is a campus resource for all Cal Poly students. The Ombuds staff are committed to hearing about students’ experiences. The office offers a safe place to go for assistance in resolving any university-related issue, concern, conflict, or complaint. All communications with the office are strictly confidential, informal, impartial, and independent. (The only exception is when there appears to be imminent risk of serious harm to self or others). Visit ombuds.calpoly.edu/ for information.
CONTACT: Phone: 805-756-1380, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: ombuds.calpoly.edu
The Recreation Center is Cal Poly’s destination for fitness, recreation, relaxation, and wellness. Our state-of-the-art facility features everything you need for your workout, leisure, or recreational activity.
CONTACT: Phone: 805-756-1366, Website: asi.calpoly.edu/facilities/recreation-center
Visit the ASI website for fitness programming and the upcoming lineup with some of your favorite Cal Poly Recreation Center instructors.
CONTACT: Website: asi.calpoly.edu
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES (ITS)
Cal Poly’s Information Technology Services (ITS) provides a wide range of technical services and support to the university’s faculty, staff and students.
CONTACT: Phone: 805-756-7000, Email: email@example.com, Website: tech.calpoly.edu
A variety of technology equipment is available to check out at no cost for academic use. Students, staff, and faculty can rent laptops, cameras, and more.
CONTACT: Phone: 805-756-7000, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: techrentals.calpoly.edu
DREAM CENTER (BLDG. 52, RM. E-11)
The Dream Center was built on the foundational values of activism, community, education, and empowerment. We aspire to construct an equitable space on campus that continuously uplifts, empowers, and defends the undocumented student voices at Cal Poly. As such, we are committed to establishing resources and programming that promotes the academic, professional, and personal development and success of all undocumented students, mixed-status families, and allies at Cal Poly.
CONTACT: Website: dreamcenter.calpoly.edu
WRITING AND LEARNING CENTER
The Writing and Learning Center supports academic achievement by offering peer-to-peer learning opportunities in a welcoming environment. Get peer-to-peer support on the following: course assignments, problem sets, exam preparation, general study skills. The Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR) for upper-division and graduate students, including the GWR Portfolio Program, is managed by this office.