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Strategic Plan for the Dean of Students 2014 – 2017

Table of Contents A Message from the Dean of Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Mission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Core Values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 – 10 Dean of Students Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Safer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Student Community Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Student Rights & Responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Student Support, Success & Retention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Title IX Outreach, Support & Investigation . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Clubs & Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Cross Cultural Centers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 –15 Leadership & Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15–16 Strategic Planning Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Dean of Students Organizational Chart . . . . . . . . . . . 18 –19

A Message from the Dean of Students We are excited to share with you our vision and initiatives. This is our ongoing focus for the next three years. There are many opportunities and ways that we support student success, student development, and student retention to graduation. My staff and I are committed to helping each student find a home here at Cal Poly, to Learn by Doing, and being a part of a long tradition of Mustang pride. We are fortunate and thankful to collaborate with outstanding partners to ensure our students receive the best Cal Poly has to offer. We are adding and expanding programs and services to better support student success, to enhance the student experience, and to increase retention and graduation rates. We believe in our students, and our focus is to strengthen their role as leaders in their community.

Dr. Jean DeCosta Dean of Students 805-756-0327

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VISION Empower all students to develop their strengths and value their unique contributions.

MISSION The Cal Poly Dean of Students promotes student development and leadership; enhances student success and retention; and facilitates a respectful, diverse, and inclusive campus. We provide educational programs, direct support, advocacy, and resources for successful navigation of campus and community life.

CORE VALUES Advocacy • Community • Inclusivity • Integrity • Leadership • Respect | 5




GOALS 1. Focus new and existing programs on student success and retention. a. Create early interventions for veteran students, focusing on student success and retention to graduation. i. Establish the Veterans Success Center to support and address the needs and priorities of veteran students. ii. Develop and integrate an intentional veteran student advising program within the Veterans Success Center. iii. Conduct outreach to faculty, staff, and students to raise awareness of potential issues facing veteran students, and to increase knowledge of available resources. b. Create a focused, proactive and responsive Safer Men & Masculinity program. i. Expand the Safer Men & Masculinity program to meet the growing need for services as a result of VAWA, CSU Executive Orders, and Title IX guidelines. ii. Develop a Safer Men & Masculinity Program that will engage incoming and existing students to change attitudes around gender equity and respect, increase bystander intervention efforts, and initiate primary prevention steps designed to reduce high-risk behaviors. iii. Develop and deliver a presentation for incoming students to assist with positive masculine identity development focused on lowering sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking at Cal Poly.

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iv. Implement a campaign of Greeks and Athletes against sexual assault with the intention of changing cultural beliefs and attitudes around alcohol and sexual assault. c. Increase Title IX outreach efforts to students, faculty and staff to promote further awareness of sexual violence reporting procedures, and campus and community resources. i. Facilitate presentations and educational trainings on University reporting and compliance procedures to faculty and staff including athletic coaches and student workers consistent with their role. ii. Develop an implementation plan for addressing Title IX regulations that ensures victims and survivors have access to the services and support they need to be successful at Cal Poly. iii. Develop supplemental annual trainings on sexual harassment and sexual violence including rape awareness to student athletes, all student members of fraternities and sororities, and identified student organizations. iv. Assess preventive educational programs and initiatives to ensure compliance with CSU Executive Order 1095 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA). d. Bolster efforts around student care management to include expansion of the Dean of Students role in support of a wide range of students in crisis. i. Develop outreach protocols for at-risk students referred by UPD, Housing, and Counseling Services. | 7

ii. Develop outreach and marketing materials for students that ensure students know support services are available. iii. Identify areas of risk in student populations and create intentional ways of reaching at-risk students, i.e. students on academic probation. 2. Design and implement a campus-wide approach to student leadership and development. a. Enhance the leadership development of Fraternity & Sorority membership. i. Review leadership outcomes across all membership categories from new member to chapter president and align with university outcomes and core competencies. ii. Provide opportunities for members to learn from each other, from other chapters, and from other non-Greek leaders. iii. Strengthen Greek participation in nationally recognized programs and conferences such as Impact, the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values, and others. iv. Measure Greek leadership competencies in relation to the general Cal Poly student via the Multi-institutional Study of Leadership and assess progress over time. b. Develop international and domestic Alternative Breaks programs for the general student population and for specific groups that create mentorship opportunities and develop leadership skills. i. Increase student participation in service-based trips. ii. Assess students’ leadership skills developed by trips and ongoing impact on their program or organization. iii. Increase access to service trips by funding and offering scholarships to those most in need. c. Create opportunities for student leaders across campus to connect, share experiences, and find common purpose. i. Assess student leaders across campus for common skill development.

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ii. Bring student leader groups together once per quarter to meet and learn from each other. iii. Develop outreach programs that demonstrate to student leaders the roles of other groups and how their organization contributes to the university mission and goals. 3. Create a campus culture that helps Cal Poly retain, support, and advocate for diverse students. a. Create a model for the Cross Cultural Centers that helps provide programs that promote retention and facilitates the successful degree completion of diverse students. i. Enhance promotion and marketing of cross-cultural opportunities, including those that would reach current and prospective students. ii. Develop existing and new services that retain underrepresented students through community-building and identity-specific leadership and education opportunities. iii. Develop programs that focus on the needs of underrepresented students and integrate the co-curricular experience with academic and professional success. b. Enhance opportunities for support and retention of underrepresented students through Dean of Students programs. i. Explore program possibilities for first-generation college students focused on the development of communication skills, networking, confidence and connectedness. ii. Expand support for the United Sorority & Fraternity Council and cultural clubs and organizations. 4. Develop successful partnerships on and off campus to increase student success and broaden the student experience. a. Strengthen community relations with the City of San Luis Obispo and local nonprofit agencies to increase positive community engagement opportunities that promote student citizenship and civic engagement. | 9

i. Track and assess student participation in community service and voter registration. ii. Evaluate and improve the effectiveness of Cal Poly’s response to offcampus violations including collection of data via surveys and focus groups/interviews. iii. Explore the feasibility of on-campus Greek chapter housing. b. Increase outreach efforts to faculty and staff to promote student success. i. Facilitate trainings and presentations for faculty and staff on special topics (e.g., Title IX reporting, supporting distressed students, and student conduct referrals). ii. Partner with faculty to double service-learning components in General Education courses. iii. Collaborate with faculty and staff on co-curricular programming. 5. Build long lasting relationships to support a culture of giving to Student Affairs. a. Cultivate a culture of giving to support underrepresented students to attend Cal Poly. i. Collaborate with the Vice-President for Student Affairs Advancement Officer to create a fund that supports diverse students to participate in fee-based programs like Alternative Breaks. b. Develop methods for ongoing communication with program-affiliated alumni. i. Collaborate with the Vice-President for Student Affairs Advancement Officer to establish a comprehensive alumni contact list, develop alumni boards in Dean of Students areas, and create affinity alumni groups. ii. Collaborate with the Vice-President for Student Affairs Advancement Officer to create and collaborate on signature events to encourage alumni to reconnect with programs to build alumni base.

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Dean of Students Programs Safer

Center for Community Engagement Center for Leadership & Service

Student Community Success

Leadership & Service

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Gender Equity Center Title IX Outreach, Support & Investigation

Cross Cultural Centers


MultiCultural Center Pride Center

Clubs & Organizations

Student Rights & Responsibilities Student Support, Success & Retention

Club Sports Clubs & Independent Student Organizations Veterans Success Center | 11

SAFER Safer is Cal Poly’s primary resource for addressing sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. They provide support through crisis counseling, advocacy and education.

STUDENT COMMUNITY SUCCESS The Student Community Success program is designed to assist students in living off-campus responsibly. Educational prevention programs are provided to students planning on living off-campus after their first year at Cal Poly. The program also addresses student behaviors that adversely impacts neighbors and community members when students receive an alcohol arrest/citation or noise citation offcampus.

STUDENT RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES The office of Student Rights and Responsibilities administers the California State University Standards for Student Conduct. This ensures a fair and impartial administration of the disciplinary process while educating students about their responsibilities and protecting the rights of all members of the University community.

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STUDENT SUPPORT, SUCCESS & RETENTION Student Support, Success, and Retention is responsible for ensuring students’ success by providing support, advocacy, and follow-up services in collaboration with other University departments, individuals, and stakeholders in the student’s success. Provides support to academic colleges by working directly with students, faculty and administration on reducing barriers to student success, collaborating with the colleges to establish meaningful campus support services, and by providing direct early intervention in problem solving to ensure retention and graduation.

TITLE IX OUTREACH, SUPPORT & INVESTIGATION Title IX Outreach, Support & Investigations serves as a primary point of contact for students seeking information on or wanting to report allegations of sexual violence, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating/domestic) violence, and stalking. Resources and referrals to sources of support are provided to victims and survivors of sexual violence. This program is committed to preventing sexual violence on campus, providing outreach in the form of presentations, educational trainings and programs, including bystander intervention and skill development, and information on reporting and compliance procedures. | 13

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS CLUB SPORTS The Club Sports Program at Cal Poly provides a form of athletic and educational activity which is an integral part of collegiate life.

CLUBS & INDEPENDENT STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Clubs and Independent Student Organizations at Cal Poly provide opportunities that incorporate instruction and service in a ”Learn by Doing” environment. The Clubs and Independent Student Organizations’ hands-on approach develops leadership skills, enhances social growth, and complements the academic curriculum.

VETERANS SUCCESS CENTER Cal Poly’s Veterans Success Center provides multi-faceted assistance to prospective and enrolled student veterans and dependents.

CROSS CULTURAL CENTERS GENDER EQUITY CENTER As a part of the Cross Cultural Centers, the Gender Equity Center (GEC) supports students’ exploration of gender. Through the education of current events, stereotypes, and cultural influences, they empower students to challenge inequity and embrace social justice.

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MULTICULTURAL CENTER As a part of the Cross Cultural Centers, the MultiCultural Center (MCC) supports and advocates for under-represented students by honoring cultural expression, building community, and creating cross-cultural connections.

PRIDE CENTER As a part of the Cross Cultural Centers, the Pride Center supports and advocates for the unique academic and social needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) students to promote personal growth and success.

LEADERSHIP & SERVICE CENTER FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT The Center for Community Engagement at Cal Poly connects students with meaningful volunteer opportunities that complement their educational experience, strengthen their understanding of diversity and social responsibility, and develop skills to become ethical and knowledgeable leaders who contribute to a global society.

CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP & SERVICE The Center for Leadership and Service supports the development of student leadership and service on campus and in the surrounding community. Their events and services combine theories of leadership with action-based approaches that aim to | 15

better serve our communities and society as a whole. Students are encouraged in their leadership skill development, leadership competency, assumption of leadership and service roles, and the continuation of service to one’s community after graduation.

FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE Fraternity & Sorority Life supports Greek members to become ethical leaders and to fulfill the mission of their organizations. They work to resolve sensitive issues relating to students; recommends training programs for Greek leaders and advisors; assists in prevention and resolution of conflicts between Greek organizations and between the Greek community, campus and community officials and will serve as the campus representative to national Greek organizations.

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Strategic Planning Process The Dean of Students strategic planning process began in September 2014. The development of the strategic plan was inclusive, iterative, and collaborative. In an effort to gain feedback from students, staff, and campus partners, we conducted center- and department-wide focus groups, administered an anonymous survey to staff and students, installed whiteboards around the department with the purpose of gathering input on core values, and hosted a luncheon with campus partners to share a draft of the strategic plan. The strategic plan supports and aligns with Cal Poly Vision 2022 and the Student Affairs Division Strategic Plan, and will serve as a guide for the next three years.









Student Rights & Responsibilites

Title IX Outreach, Support & Investigation


Leadership & Service

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Center for Community Engagement

Center for Leadership

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Clubs & Organizations

Club Sports

Clubs & ependent tudent anizations

eterans uccess Center

Cross Cultural Centers

Student Success, Support & Retention

Student Community Success

MultiCultural Center

Gender Equity Center

Pride Center | 19

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Dean of Students Strategic Plan 2014-2017