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Opportunities for Impact

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With 15 departments, five additional centers and programs, and 35 minors, the College of Liberal Arts offers endless opportunities for you to support something new and exciting. The Dean’s Advisory Council has identified the initiatives in which you can have the greatest impact.


Support for the Dean’s Excellence Fund is a great way to make a strong and immediate impact on the college. A healthy fund enables the CLA to take bold new directions and respond to unforeseen needs and circumstances. The fund is used to enhance cross-disciplinary experiences, support student success and empower the faculty to build on the college’s national reputation.


Grounded in Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing mission, the new Expressive Technology Studios — located at the heart of campus — will be an interdisciplinary space dedicated to the intersection of technology, humanity and the arts. The space will include production and sound studios, and the same professional hardware and software found in the entertainment industry.


Annual gifts to the department or program of your choice provide vital support for new courses, faculty research and development, laboratory and equipment upgrades, student projects, student and faculty travel, and participation in national and international competitions.


Scholarships can make the difference between a student’s ability to pursue higher education or not. While students may receive financial aid through grants, loans, parental assistance and part-time jobs, many still struggle to meet the costs of higher education. There are many ways to support scholarships, from sustaining existing scholarships to creating new ones that can reflect your values and interests.


The teacher-scholar model, whereby faculty members are engaged with both teaching and research, is central to Cal Poly’s identity. Giving faculty the space and tools to pursue scholarly work enables them to bring cutting-edge ideas, meaningful experiences and more Learn by Doing opportunities to students. Recruiting and retaining top faculty helps CLA deliver a premier student experience.

Special thanks to members of the 2017-18 Dean’s Advisory Council for their contributions to the College of Liberal Arts.


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Or to learn more about these initiatives, contact:


Kathryn Rummell, Interim Dean



David Cohune, Assistant Dean for Advancement



Jacquelyn Hayes, Director of Advancement


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