Students and guests at the grand opening of yakʔitʸutʸu

University Housing is committed to creating accessible and equitable communities for all residents, staff members and guests. To achieve this, we believe in intentionally supporting those who hold marginalized identities to create an inclusive environment that advances the entire community.

We, with our campus and community partners, provide the following resources and commitments within University Housing: 

Access to Resources that Improve Equity and Affordability

  • Over 1 million dollars in housing grants each year automatically provided to low-income students, as assessed and distributed through the Financial Aid Office
  • Flexible employment for 275+ students on campus, including RAs, graduate assistants and student assistants
  • Reduced-cost summer housing in campus apartments for Housing student employees
  • Lower-cost housing option (triple and quintuple rooms) available across every housing community
  • Housing accommodations for residents with a disability are approved through the Disability Resource Center. University Housing has current plans to do major renovations of our older stock starting with one red brick each year beginning in 2025. These renovations are scheduled to include adding elevators, accessible pathways to the buildings, and to follow ADA guidelines for the projects
  • Laundry available at no additional cost for campus residents
  • Emergency housing for students experiencing housing insecurity and other emergencies, as part of the Cal Poly Cares Program
  • Gender-inclusive restrooms available to students across campus housing communities, including all of yakʔitʸutʸu
  • Increased access to menstrual hygiene products through no-cost accessible products in every public and employee restroom
  • Improved resident sexual health product access by expanding condom access across the Housing footprint

Support for an Inclusive Campus Climate

Student Learning and Growth

  • Diversity and inclusion education, events, and initiatives for all residents implemented through a residential curriculum 
  • A restorative approach to Housing bias incidents through education and repairing individual and/or community harm
  • Coming in Fall 2023: Coordinate a Social Justice Residential Learning Community with corresponding for-credit academic components and community service project, in partnership with the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion and the College of Liberal Arts 

Staff Support and Development

  • Diversity and inclusion training for all Housing professional staff through the "Love, Empathy, Respect" curriculum and specific manager training on equity-minded leadership 
  • A diversity and inclusion-related goal on every Housing employees' yearly evaluation

Campus Resources

Cal Poly supports diversity and inclusion efforts across campus. Here are some of the programs on campus you should know about:

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