Professional Development Day, Fall 2023

Professional Development Day Video

A Campus Community Gathering

Join the conversation on Friday, August 18th, 9 am to 12 pm. Doors open at 7:45 at the Van Duzer Theater. Come enjoy breakfast and community. 

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in partnership with the Center for Teaching & Learning and the University Senate, invites the campus community to join us for Professional Development (PD) Day 2023, Friday, August 18th, from 9 am to 12 pm, to reflect on Cal Poly Humboldt’s future as a model for diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice.

Cultural Transformation is embedded into Cal Poly Humboldt’s Strategic Plan and relies on every faculty and staff member to make  meaningful strides toward racial equity, student success, welcoming and belonging. Join us in our work toward a common goal of making Cal Poly Humboldt equitable, just, and inclusive.

PD Day 2023 will launch the Institutional Anti-Racism Action Plan Task Force's one-year consultative effort to engage the campus community in the development of an Anti-Racism Action Plan. Keynote Speaker Dr. Clyde Wilson Pickett will introduce the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education's (NADOHE) guidance and anti-racism action plan framework, followed by break-out sessions to reflect upon how the Cal Poly Humboldt community can work together to be anti-racist and socially equitable. Together, we will begin to form the structure of our unique Institutional Anti-Racism Action Plan while actively engaging in cultural transformation through our collective ideas and practices. 

Institutional Anti-Racism Action Plan Task Force


To review and update the Institutional Anti-Racism Action Plan by engaging a broad consultative process with the campus community.

Areas of Focus

  • Institutional Structure
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Resource Allocation
  • Academic Equity and Student Success
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Hiring, Retention, and Promotion
  • Institutional Programming
  • Education/Training/Employee Development
  • Campus Climate/Culture
  • Admissions and Access

Task Force Membership

The IARAP Task Force is composed of fifteen Cal Poly Humboldt colleagues, including:

  • Rosamel Benavides-Garb, AVP of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Campus Diversity Officer
  • Adrienne Colegrove-Raymond, Special Assistant to the President
  • Andrea Delgado, Assistant Professor, Department of English
  • Stephanie Souter, Data Analyst, IRAR, Lecturer, Department of Psychology
  • Sasheen Raymond, Director of the Native American Center, ITEPP
  • Douglas Smith, Coordinator for Umoja Center for Pan African Student Excellence
  • Frank Herrera, Coordinator for Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion Center
  • Fernando Paz, Campus and Community Development Coordinator, ODEI
  • Michele Miyamoto,Tutoring and Academic Coaching Coordinator, University Senator
  • Joseph Diémé, Professor in the World Languages and Cultures
  • Enoch Hale, Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Mary Virnoche, Professor of Sociology, University Senator
  • Nancy Perez, Assistant Professor of Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Ramona Bell, Professor of Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Pearl Podgorniak, Confidential Administrative Support, ODEI

Special Guests & Resources

Body Percussionist Jason Nious: Molodi

Dr. Clyde Wilson Pickett, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE)

A Framework for Advancing Anti-Racism Strategy on Campus is a comprehensive tool to support students, faculty and staff as they work to shift culture. 

Schedule of Events,  Friday, August 18
9 am - noon

7:45 am: Van Duzer Theater Doors Open

7:45 - 8:30 am: Breakfast Served

9 am: Welcome by Provost Jenn Capps

9:05 am: Performance by Body Percussionist, Jason Nious

9:30 am: Keynote Speaker: Clyde Wilson Pickett from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE)

10:45 am: Breakout Sessions: Reflecting on anti-racism and social justice at Cal Poly Humboldt

11:30 am: Closing Summary and Performance by Jason Nious

12:00 pm: Lunch in the Art Quad Courtyard