Chicano Latino Faculty and Staff Association (CLFSA) Nominated for President’s Diversity Award – May 23, 2012

The President’s Diversity Award is designed to celebrate campus units that have exhibited commitment to the value of cultural diversity. CLFSA was nominated for the award and members attended the awards reception at the Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. The winning unit received a $1,000 augmentation to its budget for one year. Any faculty or staff member, student, or campus unit may nominate an eligible campus unit for this award. For more information, visit the Inclusive Excellence website.

Indigenous Chaos to Perform - May 4, 2012

Indigenous Chaos – a group of three generations of family members who present a mix of political comedy, music, parodies, skits and poetry – will perform from 6:30 to 10 p.m. May 4 in Philips Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The group is comprised of members of the Serna family, who created their own group in 2000 after years of entertaining audiences as members of El Teatro Campsino. Indigenous Chaos traces its roots to 1974, when farmworker and father of 15 Guadalupe Serna moved his family to San Juan Bautista, Calif., to join El Teatro Campesino as a songwriter, singer and stage and movie actor. Indigenous Chaos has performed alongside Rudo Revolutionary Front, Chusma, Culture Clash, El Teatro Campesino, Baktun 12 and Bad Karma. Members have also appeared individually as guest artists with such groups as Chicano Secret Service, HeadRusH Crew and Rudo Revolutionary Front. For more details on the May 4 performance, contact Gloria Velasquez with the Modern Languages & Literatures Department at ext. 6-2992 or

Stanford Professor to Speak on Race - April 27, 2012

Dr. Paula M. L. Moya, associate professor of English at Standford University, will present “Eight Conversations About Race” at 4 p.m. Friday, April 27, in Philips Hall. Moya is also director of the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford and affiliated faculty with the university’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Her talk will consider eight common conversations that people in the U.S. have with one another as they make sense of daily events in which race and ethnicity figure prominently. Drawing on her recent work with Hazel Markus, Moya argues that framing new and more productive conversations requires an understanding of race and ethnicity not as things people have or are, but rather as actions people do. Moya is the author of “Learning from Experience: Minority Identities, Multicultural Struggles” and co-editor of “Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century,” “Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism” and “Identity Politics Reconsidered.” Moya will be available to sign books after the event. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association, Division of Student Affairs, Career Services, and the Departments of Ethnic Studies, History, and Psychology & Child Development. For information contact Ana Ybarra, at ext. 6-5639 or

UCSB Professor to Speak March 1 on Latino/a Educational Achievement – March 1, 2012

Dr. Aida Hurtado, professor and chairwoman of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UC Santa Barbara, will give a presentation titled, “Infinite Possibilities, Many Obstacles: Language, Culture, Identity, and Latino/a Educational Achievement” from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 1, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. In this free public talk, Hurtado will discuss the impact that Latino/a language use and maintenance, cultural practices, and identity formation have on the education of Latinos/as. Her presentation is sponsored by Cal Poly's Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association, Division of Student Affairs, Career Services, Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education, Department of Psychology and Child Development, Ethnic Studies Department, and The MultiCultural Center. For more information, contact Debra Valencia-Laver, CLFSA Secretary, at

 ‘Self-Empowerment: Make Challenges Become Opportunities” – November 10, 2011

Sandra Guzman, author of The Latina's Bible, is an award-winning, multi-media journalist with many years of experience in broadcast, newspapers and magazine journalism.  She is also the former editor-in-chief of Latina magazine, the first national glossy lifestyle magazine targeting the American Hispanic woman. She was a former associate editor at the New York Post, editing 10 special feature sections for the paper including, Tempo, a section she created that covered the city’s Latino community. Her experience writing and producing stories about Latinos and Latinas has made her a leading expert in journalism targeting the burgeoning Hispanic market. 

Guzman is a dynamic public speaker with extensive experience delivering keynote addresses and workshops on college campuses and Fortune 500 companies on topics involving media, race, women, politics and diversity. An Emmy-winning former television producer, Guzman has produced and written hundreds of articles profiling famous prominent men and women in politics, business and the arts.  She has a BA in History and Philosophy from Rutgers University and is the proud honoree of a Rutgers University alumni award, honored for outstanding leadership and contribution to the arts.

Student Support Services Chief Cesar Margarito Elected WESTOP Chapter Director of the Year – October 14, 2011

Cesar Margarito, director of Cal Poly's Student Support Services program, was elected Director of the Year for the Central California Chapter of the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP). Margarito received the award at the chapter’s annual conference Oct. 14 in Palo Alto, Calif. CenCal is one of six chapters within WESTOP. That organization is one of 10 regional associations in the Council for Opportunity Education through the Federal TRIO programs, which is sponsored by the Department of Education. WESTOP and TRIO are dedicated to furthering educational opportunities for low-income, first-generation and disabled students.

Fourth Annual Chicano Latino Convocation Takes Place – October 6, 2011

The Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association's (CLFSA) fourth annual Convocation will take place Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the UU Plaza. The event is sponsored by the CLFSA and Cal Poly's Xicano/Latino student organizations. Mark Corella (B.A., Recreation Administration, 1981), district manager for Wells Fargo's Central Coast Market, will be the keynote speaker. The event is free and is open to all students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact Emily Sandoval at or Delfina Medina-Maloney at