The 1960s: Changes

By Czarina Obieta

On Thursday, Cal Poly Pomona welcomed social justice activist Dolores Huerta as a speaker for the Kellogg Distinguished Public Lecture Series. Huerta actively fought for farmers’ rights in the 1960s. One of her most notable achievements is co-founding the National Farmworkers Association in 1962, which later became known as the United Farm Workers.

The 1960s was also a big decade for CPP.

In 1961, the campus, which was then called the Cal Poly Kellogg-Voorhis Unit, made history by admitting women for the first time. The Encinitas Residence Hall, which is still in use today, became the first housing unit to go co-ed. Today, all dormitories are co-ed, but men and women are in separate building wings. In November of that year, the CP letters, were established at the top of the hill. The last P was added in 2004.

Building 1, which currently houses university offices, the philosophy and communication departments and The Poly Post, was built in 1962 as the university administration building before the CLA Building was built in 1993.

In 1963, Associated Students, the governing body of the campus, was incorporated and renamed Associated Students, Inc.

In 1966, California State Polytechnic College, Kellogg Campus became a separate entity from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and became the 16th California state college. Julian McPhee retired the same year, and the university welcomed its second president Robert Kramer.

Until the College of Business Administration was established in 1967, the only two colleges on campus at the time were the College of Agriculture, which opened in 1938, and the College of Engineering, which opened in 1957. For the first time in its history, The Poly Post also named a woman as its editor-in-chief in 1967.

Much like Huerta’s actions during the 1960s that greatly impacted farmers and other laborers for decades to come, Cal Poly Pomona would not be the university it is today if not for the events that took place on campus that same decade

Czarina Obieta

Michael Torres / The Poly Post

Czarina Obieta

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