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The He{a}rd At Cal Poly

Many voices, one he{a}rd.

About The He{a}rd

The He{a}rd is an exciting and innovative new program affiliated with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Our role is to create a tangible way to better hear the voices of Cal Poly students ... to harness the power of the herd and make your voice heard.  Through a series of focus groups and in-depth surveys, Cal Poly students will have a platform to discuss meaningful topics and decisions that potentially impact their lives and the entire campus community. We want to provide you an inclusive communication channel that relays your ideas and opinions back to campus leaders.

A Collaborative Effort

The He{a}rd partners with the various departments, colleges, student constituency groups and student clubs to discover what matters most to students and to understand their diverse viewpoints. We need your knowledge, opinions and ideas to help make Cal Poly a better campus community for you ... and that's exciting!

Mission Statement

The He{a}rd is built on the pillars of inclusion, diversity of thought and people, and respect for one another.  With open minds, we aim to champion the voice of the everyday Cal Poly student.  Our goal is to gain insightful student feedback and provide innovative campus research to best inform decisions that will impact students today and tomorrow. 

Get Involved

Students: Participate in a focus group!

Be part of something bigger, embrace the change, and make a difference in the Cal Poly community! Leave an influential mark on Cal Poly and leave your school better than you found it. All students will be compensated for their participation, including gift cards to campus dining and the Cal Poly store.

Submit application

Staff/Faculty: Recommend a student!

Do you know a student with great ideas and insightful opinions?  Are they someone who would love and benefit from this focus group experience?  We want to hear from them!

Submit recommendation

Departments and Colleges: Submit a focus group topic!

What would you like to learn from students?  We can help you find the answers!

Submit a topic

Meet the Team

Kevin Grant, Director of Student Affairs, Assessment & Research

Kevin has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education and specializes in assessment, strategic planning, program development, and academic student support. He currently serves as the Director of Assessment & Research for Student Affairs, providing division-wide leadership in these areas. Kevin lives in Atascadero, CA with his wife and three children, and enjoys hiking, camping, playing music, horticulture and coaching local youth sports.

Leilani Molina, Student Director

Leilani is a fourth-year Entrepreneurship major in the Orfalea College of Business. When she’s not working, you can find her at the beach, jumping on a trampoline, or playing guitar. She is excited to use her experience in leadership and administration to help lead The He{a}rd!

Michael Kelker, Student Director

Michael is a third-year Political Science major with a Pre-Law concentration. When he’s not on-campus, you’ll find him at the movies, playing Intramural Sports, and hiking around SLO. He can’t wait to play a role in making sure student voices on campus are heard!

Contact Us

Kevin Grant, Director of Student Affairs, Assessment & Research

Leilani Molina, Student Director

Michael Kelker, Student Director

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Administration (Bldg. 1), Room 209
Phone: 805-756-1521
Fax: 805-756-5903

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