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Diversity Learning Objectives

According to the University Learning Objectives (ULOs), “all students who complete an undergraduate or graduate program at Cal Poly should be able to make reasoned decisions … based on a respect for diversity,” as defined in the Cal Poly Statement on Diversity. The Diversity Learning Objectives (DLOs) were established in 2008 as an addendum to the ULOs. 

The following revised DLOs were approved by the Academic Senate on June 4, 2019:

All Cal Poly graduates should be able to:

  1. Recognize and understand the contributions to knowledge and civilization that have been made by members of diverse cultural and gender groups and other historically marginalized people in the United States and across the world;

  2. Understand the history of issues related to diversity, social and economic inequities, and political power in the United States and across the world;

  3. Analyze the current social, political, artistic, and/or economic lives of historically marginalized people in the United States and across the world;

  4. Analyze the various institutions and structures that create and maintain social, economic, and political inequality in the United States and across the world; and, identify those that offer redress for these issues;

  5. Define and describe the various issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their respective disciplines;

  6. Critically examine their own personal beliefs, attitudes, and biases about historically marginalized people and cultures in the United States and across the world.


Academic Senate Resolution: AS-882-19 "Resolution on Updating the Diversity Learning Objectives" (PDF).  Adopted 4 June 2019.

Last updated: 7/17/2023

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