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Your Impact Magazine 2019

Your IMPACT - The College of Liberal Arts Magazine

Message from Dean Williams:

Philip Williams

As some of you know, I began as the new dean for the College of Liberal Arts in August. I came to Cal Poly after a long career at the University of Florida (UF), where I served most recently as director of UF’s world-renowned Center for Latin American Studies. I was born and raised in California and am excited to be back on the West Coast. In my new role as dean, I hope to meet many of you to talk about my future vision for the college and to express my gratitude for all you do to support our students, faculty, programs and facilities. In the years ahead, I look forward to working together to advance a liberal arts sin fronteras. By sin fronteras, I mean a liberal arts education without borders, boundaries or barriers.

  • Without borders: a liberal arts education that opens the world to our students through international educational opportunities, coursework and cocurricular activities.
  • Without boundaries: a liberal arts education that prepares our students for an increasingly interconnected world and exposes them to interdisciplinary collaboration and approaches.
  • Without barriers: a liberal arts education that advances a culture of belonging — one in which every student in our college finds and feels that Cal Poly’s opportunities are fully available to them.

I am grateful to all of you who support our college and hope that the stories in this magazine will inspire you to invest in the future of the College of Liberal Arts at Cal Poly! 

Best regards,
Philip Williams
Dean, College of Liberal Arts

CLA students on trip to South Africa


A New Perspective

International travel programs such as Alternative Breaks help students expand their cultural knowledge. 

Awarding Excellence in Journalism

The Mustang News editorial team earns an award from SAGE Publishing in recognition of a special edition addressing diversity and inclusion on campus. 

A Legacy of Giving

Nancy and Matthew South met at Cal Poly in 1979; four decades later, they are supporting the school’s future through endowed gifts. 

Journalism student Cassandra Garibay

Nancy and Matthew South, Cal Poly alumni


By the Numbers

A numerical snapshot of giving to the College of Liberal Arts.

Giving Back

Special thanks to the Dean’s Advisory Council, a group that identifies the areas where your donations can make the biggest impact.


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