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The latest online edition of CLA's Impact Magazine

CLA Communications Guidelines

Contact Our Team

  • Cara King, Communications Specialist, 805-756-1216
  • Nicole Troy, Communications Specialist, 805-756-2986

CLA Communications Procedures

  • Who to Contact?
    Not sure if something is a task for your department or the CLA communications team? Check out the CLA Communications FAQs
  • Event Promotion
    For help promoting your event, follow the CLA event promotion process.  
  • External Email Correspondence
    All emails to external audiences (e.g., alumni and donors) are sent via Anthology by the CLA communications team. Follow the external email process to help ensure an efficient process. 
  • News and Stories
    We invite you to share your accomplishments and stories for a chance to be featured in the CLA News, Impact magazine, and CLA's social media platforms.
  • College of Liberal Arts Social Media Guide
    Check out the CLA's Social Media Policy and learn how you can successfully use social media to promote your department
  • Faculty Social Media and Digital Communication
    Tips and guidelines on how to best utilize social media and writing for public-focused publications to elevate the reach of your research and industry expertise. 
  • Newsletters
    All departments are encouraged to produce newsletters. To assist in providing a smooth and efficient process, please review the newsletter best practices.


University Communications and Marketing

See the University Communications and Marketing website for Cal Poly's brand guidelines, project resources, downloads and templates, and resources for external media inquiries.

More information of specific, commonly used topics below:

  • Department Websites
    The CLA Drupal user guide will help you navigate simple changes on your department's website. For more advanced revisions, submit a request to the CLA Communications team. Cal Poly Drupal is also an excellent resource with step-by-step guides and how-to videos. Be sure to keep web accessibility in mind when creating pages. 
  • Graphic Design
    Cal Poly provides guidelines on visual brand elements — colors, typefaces and more — to help your department stay on brand. Please send pieces that will be displayed for more than two months to Cara King for approval. Learn how to best design posters/flyers and other documents or use Cal Poly templates.
  • See the CLA's branded event flyer templates.
  • Logos or Word Marks
    Cal Poly created several versions of word marks for each department. Department offices should contact the CLA communications team for the official Cal Poly department logos. Be sure to follow proper Cal Poly logo use. Do not modify these in any way.
  • Photography
    To use photos, artwork, illustrations, audio, and/or video of CLA students, alumni or guests in communication pieces, you must have a signed Visual/Audio Release Form (PDF)
    For events or large crowds, in lieu of individual photo releases, please post a photo/video sign on all event entrances.
    Interested in having a CLA staff/intern photographer capture your event? See the photography request process.
  • Press Releases
    Use our press releases templates to draft press releases for local media outlets. Cal Poly uses the Associated Press Stylebook as its primary writing style guide. Additionally, university marketing has developed a customized guide with exceptions to AP rules for use in university publications and documents.
  • Promotional Items
    Cal Poly has a list of manufacturers that are licensed to produce items with Cal Poly trademarks. Any promotional items CLA departments order need to be from one of these manufacturers. After you send the manufacturer your department’s artwork, they should send you a PDF proof to review. They will also send a PDF to Cal Poly licensing who will approve the item or not. To simplify the process, the university has created examples of approved designs.

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