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Black Lives Matter

Read the June 2020 message of solidarity from the College of Liberal Arts.

As you know, the College of Liberal Arts sees diversity, equity and inclusion as central to our college mission. As such, we invite you to look into the events and resources on this page. We all know that to do better, we need to know better and this is one way we can assist in helping our faculty, staff, and students to gain new knowledge.

Addressing Racism and Diversity in Music InstitutionsAddressing Racism and Diversity in Music Institutions - April 8

The Music Department presents a virtual panel discussion titled “Addressing Racism and Diversity in Music Institutions” at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, April 8. The presentation is a continuation of one made in November with guest panelists are Stephanie Shonekan (left), associate dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of music at the University of Missouri, and Keith Jackson (right), dean of the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University. Cal Poly Director of Jazz Studies Arthur White will moderate the discussion. “Whether obvious, subversive or unintentional — and for a variety of reasons — racism has long been present in music institutions,” White said. “Recent world and national events have not only given pause to dismissal of discussions related to this issue, but in fact, have proven the necessity for an open and frank discussion about race and diversity in music programs across the country."

This panel will discuss the realities of racism and experiences in personal careers. It will address why certain literature and pedagogical methods are more pervasive than others and the potential for affecting change through increasing diversity and inclusion. More information on the panelists is on the Music Department website. The event is free and open to the public.


This list of resources is intended to be utilized in support of the #ScholarStrike on September 8-9, 2020. The #ScholarStrike was created by Dr. Anthea Butler, an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Kevin Gannon, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Grand View University. This nationwide action has unfolded to address ongoing police violence against unarmed Black people in the U.S.

This list was compiled by the Cal Poly Ethnic Studies Department to create asynchronous learning options about the urgent issue of anti-Black police violence.

Online Videos/Webinars 



  • Reveal (Episode: “The Uprising”)
  • Ear Hustle “The daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.”
  • 1619 “An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.”


  • Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta (2016). From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.
  • Camp and Heatherton (2016), Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter.
  • Lamont Hill (2017), Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond.
  • Gilmore (2007), Golden Gulag: Prison, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in Globalizing California.
  • Wilkerson (2020), Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.
  • Alexander (2012), The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
  • Davis (2003), Are Prisons Obsolete?
  • Ritchie and Davis (2017), Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color.
  • Butler (2018), Choke Hold: Policing Black Men.
  • Khan-Cullors and Bandele (2020), When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.
  • Kendi and Reynolds (2020). Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. (to read with young readers)


Web Resources


Past Events 2020-21

The Cost of a Revolution: An Evening with Patrisse Cullors and the Family of George Floyd

ASI Events and the Black Academic Excellence Center present The Cost of a Revolution: An Evening with Patrisse Cullors and the Family of George Floyd. Join us Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. for a keynote speech from Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and a moderated discussion with Angela Harrelson and Selwyn Jones, George Floyd’s aunt and uncle.


Recently, in response to incidences of racial violence and police brutality, Dr. Anthea Butler (University of Pennsylvania), and Dr. Kevin Gannon (Grandview University) started #ScholarStrike, asking faculty and staff from around the nation to “strike” on Sept. 8 and 9, or if that isn’t possible, to only do what is necessary for their jobs and spend the rest of their time at #ScholarStrike’s Teach In presented on their YouTube channel or engaging in other educational pursuits relevant to these topics. The #ScholarStrike Facebook page also has up-to-date information.

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