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Every student has a unique story.

Student Affairs believes that authentic storytelling is the most impactful way to understand our students and the work we do to support them. From creating the next great startup company, to students exploring their identities and everything in between, every Cal Poly student has a unique story to tell. See Cal Poly through their eyes in our Student Stories section. 

Profile ImageGet to Know ... Ethny Stewart

Fall 2019

Ethny Stewart's role is so much more than it implies. Sure, she's the Director of Cal Poly's TRIO Achievers, but she's also a valuable resource, caring mentor, and above all else, a passionate advocate and supporter for the students in her program. Read more ... 

Profile ImageColumn: Four must-do's for all first-year students

Fall 2019

With the Fall 2019 quarter descending upon Cal Poly, Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey offers some valuable advice for all incoming first-year Mustangs. Read More ...

Profile ImageSummer Academy: A Learn by Doing Experience for Aspiring Mustangs

Summer 2019

For local high school students, Cal Poly's annual Summer Academy program provides a first-hand Learn by Doing experience – and a glimpse into life as a college student. Read More ...

Profile ImageQuick Crossovers

Summer 2019

Ever wondered what it's like to be a Cal Poly student-athlete for a day? In this Cal Poly Magazine feature, fifth-year senior Devin Stanback, starting forward for the Cal Poly Women's Basketball team, takes readers through her typical midweek game day schedule. Read more ...

Profile ImageMaking meaningful connections

Spring 2019

Cal Poly Career Services recently launched Career Connections, a new online networking platform that connects students to an entire community of alumni mentors eager to help the next wave of Mustangs succeed. Read more ...

Profile ImageLearning yakʔitʸutʸu

Spring 2019

First-year students living in Cal Poly's newest housing facility are gaining a Learn by Doing experience like no other, in a university community like no other. Read more ... 

Profile ImageSeek then Speak: Putting Sexual Assault Reporting in Students’ Hands

Spring 2019

Cal Poly and its community partners recently implemented a new platform that aims to put the power of reporting sexual assault squarely into the hands of survivors. Read more ... 

Profile ImageCal Poly’s Educational Opportunity Program: Giving Back by Paying it Forward

Spring 2019

Cal Poly's Educational Opportunity Program counselors bring a personal mission to their work as they help first-generation, low-income students find community and opportunities for successRead more ... 

Profile ImageGet to Know ... Lori Waters

Spring 2019

Lori Waters' passion for disability rights isn't just professional – it's personal. It's also led her to Cal Poly's Disability Resource Center, where she works daily to create equity for the students she serves. Read more ... 

Heather Domonoske, Lead Coordinator for the Center for Leadership

Get to Know … Kari Leslie

Winter 2019

Veterans Success Center Coordinator Kari Leslie understands the challenges veterans and students from military families face when they arrive at Cal Poly. After all, she's been in their shoes before. Read more ...

Heather Domonoske, Lead Coordinator for the Center for Leadership

Get to Know … Heather Domonoske

Winter 2019

As Lead Coordinator for the Center for Leadership, Heather Domonoske brings plenty of know-how and passion for developing the untapped leadership potential in Cal Poly students. Read more ...

Chip Neuenschwander, Assistant Director for Student Clubs and OrganizationsGet to Know … Chip Neuenschwander

Winter 2019

As Assistant Director of Cal Poly Student Clubs and Organizations, Chip Neuenschwander plays a key role in fostering engaging experiences and meaningful communities for thousands of Cal Poly students. Read more ...

Disability Resource CenterThe Disability Resource Center: An Achievement in Academic Equity

Winter 2019

Cal Poly's Disability Resource Center is much more than just a service for the students with disabilities. For them, it's a source of support that emphasizes collaboration and equity. Read more ...

Cornel West

‘Lift Every Voice’: Cornel West Speaks to Campus Community in Visit to
Cal Poly; Professor Camille O’Bryant Honored with MLK Legacy Award

Winter 2019

Renowned professor, philosopher, author and activist Cornel West captivated hundreds of campus community members at two separate events on Jan. 16 at Cal Poly. Read more ...

Black Academic Excellence Center students

There's no base like BAEC

Winter 2019

For some Cal Poly students, the Black Academic Excellence Center (BAEC) plays a much larger role than its name implies. Learn how the center is helping students build community and succeed academically while serving as a home away from home. Read more...


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Diego Abeloos

Diego Abeloos

Educational Communications Specialist, Student Affairs

Diego joined the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in February 2017 and has worked at Cal Poly since 2015.

Prior to Cal Poly, Diego spent a decade as a newspaper and magazine editor and reporter in the Bay Area, covering crime, politics, business, real estate and sports. He believes storytelling is a powerful medium to bridge differences, find common ground and reach a place of greater understanding, compassion and acceptance.

Diego lives in Atascadero with his wife, Vanessa, and their two children, Wyatt and Lavender.


Jarod Urrutia

Jarod Urrutia

Fifth-year, Journalism

Jarod is a fifth-year journalism major with minors in political science, media arts, society and technology and science and risk communication. As an aspiring journalist, he hopes to move to the bay area after Cal Poly so that he can fulfill his dream to work for a news organization like the San Francisco Chronicle.

Jarod grew up immersed in everything internet: flash games, message boards, copypastas, animations and memes. He believes authenticity in content creation is the key to success, and hopes to foster new ways to connect communities and educate Americans through emerging forms of online media.

Contributing writers: Danica Liang, Cynthia Lambert

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