Unity Luncheon Celebrates Diversity at Cal Poly Pomona

Unity Luncheon Celebrates Diversity at Cal Poly Pomona
Diversity Champion award winners with their trophies during the 14th annual Unity Luncheon on Jan. 31, 2005.

The campus community will come together to celebrate diversity while raising funds for student scholarships at the 16th annual Unity Luncheon, “Building a Global Community: Challenging Boundaries through Diversity,” Tuesday, Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center.

This year's event is meant to encourage discussion about globalization, its impact on the Cal Poly Pomona campus and the role the university plays in globalization, said Norma Leon, chair of this year's Unity Luncheon.

The event will feature lunch, cultural performances and a keynote address by John Trasvina, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund. He has played a major policy role at local and federal levels on immigration and civil rights matters affecting immigrants, minority communities and women. He has written and spoken nationally on topics including voting rights, immigration policy, worker rights, English only policies, diversity and education.

The campus will also honor the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute in Los Angeles with the Diversity Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals and/or organizations that are advocates and leaders for diversity. Previous winners include Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Diversity Matters of Pasadena, and Ingrid Johnson of the Council for African American Parents.

The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute is a nonprofit, freestanding research organization that advances critical, insightful thinking on key issues affecting Latino communities through objective, policy-relevant research, and its implications, for the betterment of the nation.

In addition, 10 Cal Poly Pomona faculty, staff and students will be honored as Diversity Champions for their leadership and service to the university. Receiving awards are:

  • Linda Adams, alumna, Psychology 
  • Cathy Amado, student, Behavioral Science 
  • Brian Blandin, student, Marketing 
  • Dr. Sandy L. Dixon, assistant professor, Ethnic & Women's Studies 
  • Dr. S. Terri Gomez, assistant professor, Ethnic & Women's Studies 
  • Karl Antoine Harris, student, Urban & Regional Planning 
  • Amir Merteban, student, International Business & Marketing 
  • Rocio Navarro, student, Sociology and GEMS 
  • Koji Uesugi, interim executive director, Student Support & Equity Programs 
  • Dr. Edward D. Walton, professor, Chemistry 

The annual Unity Luncheon is sponsored by the Asian Pacific Faculty, Staff & Student Association; the Black Faculty & Staff Association; the Latino Faculty, Staff & Student Association;  the Pride Alliance (the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered faculty and staff association); and the Cal Poly Pomona Native American community. Each year, leadership for the luncheon rotates between these groups, and this year's is under the direction of the LFSSA.

For ticket information, contact Cecilia Santiago at (909) 869-5035 or visit: https://dsa.cpp.edu/unity. Tickets are $15 for faculty/staff and $12 for students.