Institutional Anti-Racism Action Plan (IARAP)

Artwork of many hands of diverse skin colors raised together

Cultural Transformation is embedded into Cal Poly Humboldt’s Strategic Plan and relies on every faculty and staff member to make meaningful strides toward a common goal of making Cal Poly Humboldt equitable, just, and inclusive.

Professional Development Day, Fall 2023, held on August 18th, launched the Institutional Anti-Racism Action Plan Task Force's one-year consultative effort to engage the campus community in the continued development of Cal Poly Humboldt's Institutional Anti-Racism Action Plan. Keynote Speaker Dr. Clyde Wilson Pickett, Vice President of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), introduced the organization's Framework for Advancing Anti-Racism Strategy on Campus, followed by break-out reflective discussion sessions to engage participants with how the Cal Poly Humboldt community can work together to be anti-racist and socially equitable. With this initial dialogue, the Institutional Anti-Racism Action Plan Task Force has begun the process to reenvision and redesign our unique Institutional Anti-Racism Action Plan while actively engaging in cultural transformation through our collective ideas and practices. 

To date, the IARAP Task Force has consulted with the following groups: 

  • Professional Development Day
  • Admin & Finance Leadership Team
  • CDOR Community Open Forum
  • OAA Leadership
  • CRGS Faculty
  • University Senate
  • College of Professional Studies Council of Chairs
  • BIPOC Student-Centered Open Forum
  • College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Council of Chairs

Upcoming consultations include: 

  • College of Natural Resources and Sciences Council of Chairs
  • Social Justice Summit IARAP Community Open Forum
  • NAS Faculty

Institutional Anti-Racism Action Plan Task Force


In the Spring 2023 semester, a campus task force was convened to review and update Cal Poly Humboldt's Institutional Anti-Racism Action Plan by engaging a broad consultative process with the campus community throughout the 2023/2024 Academic Year. 

Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to being the institution of choice for students and employees who seek to improve the human condition and our relationship with the environment. The University is committed to positively elevate the experiences of all students and employees, and to be a community where BIPOC students and employees thrive. The Institutional Anti-Racism Action Plan animates this commitment.

Areas of Focus

(as recommended by NADOHE's Strategies Framework)

  1. Institutional Structure
  2. Policies and Procedures
  3. Resource Allocation
  4. Academic Equity and Student Success
  5. Curriculum and Pedagogy
  6. Hiring, Retention, and Promotion
  7. Institutional Programming
  8. Education/Training/Employee Development
  9. Campus Climate/Culture
  10. Admissions and Access

Task Force Membership


  • Ramona Bell, Professor and Chair of Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University Senator

  • Rosamel Benavides-Garb, AVP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Campus Diversity Officer, University Senator


  • Adrienne Colegrove-Raymond, Special Assistant to the President for Tribal Relations and Community Engagement

  • Andrea Delgado, Assistant Professor, Department of English, CFA Executive Board Member

  • Enoch Hale, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

  • Fernando Paz, Campus and Community Development Coordinator, ODEI

  • Frank Herrera, Coordinator for the Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion Center, DMSI Mentor

  • Joseph Diémé, Professor of World Languages and Cultures

  • Kayla Begay, Associate Professor of Native American Studies

  • Mary Virnoche, Professor of Sociology, University Senator, Academic Senator, Academic Senate of the CSU

  • Michele Miyamoto, Tutoring and Academic Coaching Coordinator, University Senator

  • Nancy Perez, Assistant Professor of Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Chair of Ethnic Studies Council

  • Pearl Podgorniak, ODEI Strategic Inititatives Coordinator, ODEI

  • Sarah Peters, Academic Advisor, Academic Advising Center

  • Sasheen Raymond, Coordinator of the Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program & ELITE Scholars 

  • Stephanie Souter, Research Analyst, IRAR, Faculty Lecturer, Department of Psychology

IARAP 2023/24 Update Kick-Off Event

Professional Development Day, Fall 2023Future Forward: Leveraging Anti-Racism for Cultural Transformation, Friday, August 18, 2023, 9am - 12pm

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in partnership with the Center for Teaching & Learning and the University Senate, invited the campus Faculty and Staff to Professional Development (PD) Day, Fall 2023, to reflect on Cal Poly Humboldt’s future as a model for diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice. Approximately 200 Cal Poly Humboldt members participated in the event. 

Ten separate break-out reflection discussions were facilitated by trained faculty and staff and yeilded takeaways, action items, and discussion notes, which can be viewed by the Cal Poly Humboldt Community at this link: PD Day, Fall 2023 - Break-out Discussion Synthesis.

A recording of the event (minus the break-out room discussions) can be found below.


Do You Want to Contribute to the Discussion?

The IARAP Task Force is inviting the Cal Poly Humboldt campus community, including faculty, staff, students, and administrators to contribute your thoughts to the discussion. Please clink the link below (IARAP SUGGESTION BOX) to send us your thoughts and ideas for consideration.



Consultative Engagement Events

  • Social Justice Summit, IARAP Community Open Forum - March 5, 2024, 12 to 1:30 pm: Open to Fcaulty, Staff, and Students
  • Campus and Community Dialogue on Race, Community Open Forum - October 25, 2023
  • Professional Development Day, Fall 2023Future Forward: Leveraging Anti-Racism for Cultural Transformation - Friday, August 18th, 9am-12pm - see information at bottom of web page


The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE)

A Framework for Advancing Anti-Racism Strategy on Campus is a comprehensive tool to support students, faculty and staff as they work to shift culture. 

Anti-Racism and Social Justice Word Cloud