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Students and guests at the grand opening of yakʔitʸutʸu

A positive housing community is welcoming, respectful and provides its members with a sense of value. We are committed to creating equitable and accessible communities for all residents, staff members and guests. We believe in intentionally supporting those who hold marginalized identities to create an environment that benefits the entire community.

To support an inclusive environment, we, with our campus and community partners, provide the following resources and commitments within University Housing: 

Resources that Improve Housing Equity and Affordability

  • Nearly a million dollars in housing grants each year automatically distributed to low-income students, as assessed through the Financial Aid Office.
  • Flexible employment for 275 students on campus, including RAs, graduate research assistants and student assistants.
  • Reduced-cost summer housing in campus apartments for student employees of University Housing.
  • Lower-cost housing option (triple and quad rooms) available across all housing communities — including yakʔitʸutʸu.
  • Housing accommodations for residents with a disability, as approved through the Disability Resource Center.
  • Laundry available at no additional cost for campus residents.
  • Emergency housing for students experiencing housing insecurity, as part of the Cal Poly Cares Program.
  • Improved access to food resources by hosting the Cal Poly Food Pantry in student communities.

Program-wide Support for Diversity Initiatives

Development of a Campus Climate Supportive of All Students

Student Learning and Development

  • Diversity-related events and programming for students within their housing communities.
  • Diversity and inclusion training for all Housing professional staff through the "Love, Empathy, Respect" curriculum.
  • Four advocates for underrepresented students embedded in Housing communities. These student-staff members hold dual roles with University Housing as Resident Advisors and with the Cross Cultural Centers as student assistants.

Campus Resources

Cal Poly supports diversity and inclusion efforts across campus. Everyone should have access to supportive people and programs that enable all students, residents and staff to feel welcome here.

Here are some of the programs on campus you should know about:

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