By Eviana Vergara
With a diverse student body at Cal Poly Pomona, the university provides a variety of programs to anyone who would like to learn more about the communities and learn what it takes to become an ally.
CPP has always taken pride in having students and faculty from different walks of life including a variety of ethnicities, careers and financial backgrounds.
The campus offers different departments to meet the needs of students and faculty known as ally trainings.
The university holds workshops for individuals to get involved in how to be inclusive and learn more about certain aspects of the community.
These programs bring awareness to problems that aren’t always seen such as how to refer to ask someone for their preferred pronoun or providing an open space where any issues can be discussed without judgment.
These trainings include: SafeZone Ally, DREAMers Ally Network, Ability Ally and Operation Ally, each of which is held by their respective department.
Matthew Rodney, a student facilitator for the Ability Ally program, said, “It’s just the beginning. It addresses previously held biases, historical foundations and the civil rights movement of persons with disabilities within the United States.”
The SafeZone Ally programs educate individuals regarding issues about the LGBTQIA community.
It also serves as a support group for those with sexual orientation or gender identity issues.
The DREAMers Ally Network training is held by the Bronco Dreamers Resource Center and educates people who are undocumented and allies about AB 540, a nonresident tuition exemption.
Along with other issues pertaining to DREAMers such as the DREAM Act, Deferred Action and legal rights of undocumented students.
The Ability Ally trainings are facilitated by the Disability Resource Center located in building 9.
This program covers the history, pertinent issues and reframes how people think about those with disabilities.
The last training available is Operation Ally, which is held by the Veterans Resource Center located in the CLA building.
These workshops discuss issues that veteran students must face and specific concerns to know about when interacting with veterans.
These programs are implemented and open to the campus for those who want to know more about these subgroups.
“By allowing the entire campus community to attend, our campus benefits from greater understanding of the community, its needs and who we really are as Cal Poly Pomona,” Rodney stated.
A senior psychology major, Emily Chavarria, stated the benefits of receiving these trainings.
“I think it helps to have more people become allies. It lets everyone know that there are people on their side,” she said.
Most of the training last about three hours long and go over terminology, case scenarios and issues that these individuals can go through. It helps to put these views into perspective to get an idea of what it’s like to be in their shoes.
Once the program is completed, the participant receives a laminated place card with a pin that they can put along their backpack or faculty can place in their office to let others know they have gone through the trainings and can be there for support.
They also receive a folder that includes resources in case such a situation arises where they can direct someone in need of help.
Scott Chang, an engineering advisor, is currently in the process of completing his SafeZone Ally training and finds these workshops to be beneficial.
“I think it’s important to have people take these trainings, so they can be more informed about what goes on in our communities,” said Chang.
The university strives to make the campus an inclusive and safe space for all.
Being a diverse campus means to bring awareness to all groups that make up the campus community.
“I didn’t realize what some of the terms meant at first, but it’s good to keep everyone on the same page,” Chang added.
These trainings are offered quarterly.
Also, depending on the size of the group, the coordinators can make an appointment with a group if they aren’t available to make the suggested dates.
In addition to the ally trainings, the programs host other workshops that members of the community may attend that are sent within the newsletters.
Depending on the training one would like to attend, make sure to go to the corresponding office to talk to the designated coordinator that facilitates the sessions.
Interested individuals may also look up the trainings online to see posted dates or take part in the newsletters that are sent out by each program for more details.
Courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona
Safe Zone Ally programs can be organized through the Pride Center
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