|A Newsletter by the Ethnic and Women's Studies Department||Fall 2012|
|California State Polytechnic University, Pomona|
Dr. Patricia de Freitas
EWS Chair 1999-2012
Three years later, in 1973, an academic "home" was created both to house these courses and to shepherd the development of Ethnic Studies at Cal Poly Pomona. Soon thereafter, concentrations in Asian American and Women Studies were added to be department's offerings, and the EWS Department we know today took its shape. At the turn of the 21st century, the Department achieved a critical milestone with the institution of the interdisciplinary GEMS (Gender, Ethnic, and Multicultural Studies) major. Students majoring in GEMS or with minors in African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino/Chicano, Native American, Women, and Multicultural Leadership Studies have steadily grown over the years. GEMS graduates are now to be found in many graduate programs and walks of life, including teaching, social work, business, law, non-profit organizations, and public service. The "pebble" thrown into the "CPP lake" a little more than forty years ago has created an astonishing ripple effect as more and more of our students go on to create a world where diversity, inter-group relationships, compassion, and social justice principles are valued and promoted.
This our first annual newsletter, EWS PolyVocal, celebrates our accomplishments and interconnectedness over the years. We hope that it will provide a forum for us all – alumni, faculty, students, allies, and friends –to keep in touch with each other. I feel honored and privileged to be part of the EWS Community for seventeen years. I especially value my tenure as your department chair for the past ten years. During this time, I have seen the department grow from strength to strength because of your passion, commitment , and contributions to the mission of our department. This past year has been particularly noteworthy for many reasons; however, our successful Speaker Series financially sponsored by the H.O. La Bounty Endowed Chair of Interdisciplinary Applied Knowledge and our biggest class ever of graduating seniors deserve special mention. As I prepare to pass on the mantle of leadership to Dr. Terri Gomez, I thank you all for your support and I am confident that you will continue to support our efforts to build an intellectually rigorous interdisciplinary program, forge community connections, and involve ourselves in social justice projects.
Finally, I want to thank Dr. Anita Jain, Lucia Soriano (Alumna 2012), and Kristen Jaoui (Alumna 2011) for making this newsletter a reality. We have talked about creating this newsletter for many years – now thanks to them, we have begun a tradition! Thanks to all that contributed ideas and items and we look forward to your participation in the development of future editions!
Thanks again to all – and welcome to the first edition of PolyVocal!
Dr. Patricia de Freitas
Chair, Ethnic and Women's Studies (2002-September 2012)
Associate Dean, College of Education and Integrative Studies (September 2012-Present)