Kyle Har’s Portfolio

During my internship with the Borgen Project I have learned to write various topics on the subject of poverty. The Borgen Project believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. We’re the innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign …

A Year After Blackface: What has changed?

When the blackface incident happened during the Spring quarter of the 2017-18 school year, it impacted and targeted the second smallest ethnic population at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. “It was really disheartening to know those are people who walk around this campus with me,” fourth year Black Student Union (BSU) member Olivia Gore said. …

Passion for Japanese Culture drives this Club President’s Hard Work

Cal Poly’s Japanese Student Association (JSA) President William Kriss comes from a unique early childhood which coincidentally intertwined to his passion for Japanese culture later in his life. According to Kriss, his family moved to Japan from Florida when he was two months, but left Japan to move back to the United States when he …

Student Club Acts as a Shield From Culture Shock

The Korean American Student Association (KASA) at Cal Poly acts as a shield from culture shock for its members who come from predominantly Asian areas. “A lot of my friends from high school told me specifically not to come here just because of the culture-shock,” sophomore KASA member Michael Yiu said. Yiu comes from San …

CP Student Profile: JSA President

By: Kyle Har Cal Poly’s Japanese Student Association (JSA) President is different than most presidents of ethnic clubs on campus. JSA president and sophomore business major William Kriss does not come from a Japanese background. Despite his alternative background, Kriss always felt “accepted” and “comfortable.” “Initially, I did not join JSA because I am white,” …

Cal Poly Spends $243,000 on Diversity Expert

On Thursday, January 24th Cal Poly announced that they will be partnering with diversity expert Dr. Damon Williams in part of the university’s Inclusive Excellence Action Plan. According to a letter by President Jeffrey Armstrong and Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Jozi De Leon, this 12-month call to action will help Cal Poly accelerate …

Cal Poly Student Not Optimistic of New Inclusive Excellence Plan

By: Kyle Har San Luis Obispo, Calif.- Despite Cal Poly’s $243,000 partnership with Dr. Damon Williams, Cal Poly freshman Demetrius Ly does not believe the Inclusive Excellence Action Plan implemented by Williams and the university will improve campus diversity.   “I think spending about $250,000 on the program itself to help [diversity] is good for [incoming …

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