Wednesday Weekly: October 12, 2022

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Upcoming Events

The Washington Center Webinar with Professor Hurt

Tuesday, October 18th, 11:10am-12pm, Bldg. 22, Rm. 315

Earn 12 credit units in the summer in the nation’s capital interning for some of the most exciting and prestigious, public, non-profit, and private institutions. Housing included. Come and have all your questions answered. Join us physically or virtually for a campus wide event!

POLS Student Semester Conversion Discussion

Thursday, October 20th, 11am-12pm, Bldg. 10, Rm. 220

Cal Poly is preparing for this big transition from quarter system to the semester system staring in Fall 2026. Join the department faculty for an informal conversation on Thursday, Oct 20, from 11-12, where we will explain to you what the biggest changes are. Pizza will be provided.

Department News

Political Science Club

The Cal Poly Political Science Club is back! Join us this quarter in building a network of politically minded students here at Cal Poly! We look forward to a year full of entertaining community building meetings, insightful speakers, and professional development. Our first meeting will be Tuesday, October 25th at 7pm! Going forward, the Political Science Club will be meeting on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list for more updates on our upcoming meeting.

For more detailed information on Political Science Club check out our web page: Political Science Club  

To stay up to date on club happenings join our mailing list

Paidea Journal of Political Science 

This year is the 10th anniversary of Paideia, Cal Poly’s only political science journal! Since 2013, Paideia Journal has published Cal Poly strongest student authored research papers, literature reviews, analyses, and other essays. Our student-run journal provides Cal Poly POLS majors, minors, and MPP students an opportunity to enter the professional world through academic publication. To be considered for our 10th Anniversary Edition, submit your 300-400 level paper from this school year or last school year at the link below! 

 and find us on LinkedIn at 

3+3 B.A./J.D. Program with UC Hastings Law in San Francisco

Cal Poly has a new partnership with UC Hastings College of the Law to offer an accelerated program through which Political Science students can earn both their Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees in six years, rather than the usual seven.

Students participating in the Pre-Law 3+3 B.A./J.D. Concentration will have their first year of law school coursework count towards completing some of the course requirements for their undergraduate degree at Cal Poly.

If you are interested in being considered for the program this year, please send a brief statement of interest in the program to Dr. Jennifer Denbow ( by October 14, 2022.

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POLS 430 Disability, Identity and Politics

Prof. Matthew Moore will be offering a new course in Winter 2023—POLS 430: Disability, Identity and Politics.

Description of POLS 430 

The course examines ideas and texts from two social movements: the mainstream disability rights movement, which treats disability as fundamentally a problem of individual rights and discrimination; and the more radical disability justice movement, which sees disability as a central concept in any system of inequality, since such systems necessarily rely on distinguishing between those able or entitled to receive certain rights or benefits and those disabled or not entitled to receive them.  Continue Reading...

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities 

SLO County Democratic Party (SLOCDP) Internships

Do you want to get involved in local politics and do more than phonebank? The SLO County Democratic Party (SLOCDP) matches interns to tasks, projects, activities that support their strengths, skills and interests. Interns have created and managed candidates’ social media accounts, trained other Dems, written and published Op-Eds in the Tribune, spoke at Board of Supervisors meetings, organized Voter Registration drives and helped local candidates launch their campaigns. If you have an idea on how to engage young voters, gather data or campaign differently, we’d love to hear and support your work with an internship. We also collaborate with Planned Parenthood because protecting Reproductive Rights and bodily autonomy is political.  Email for more information.

Paid Job Opportunities 

Communications & HR Analyst

This position will perform a wide variety administrative services, personnel, and accounting tasks. The position will lead the development and execution of communications, media, and social media strategies. The position is responsible for aligning staff's approach to communications to ensure consistency with the Commission's messaging. Position will develop alternatives and make recommendations directly to the Executive Director on a broad spectrum of both financial and communication problems. The position will represent the Commission as our Telework and Reasonable Accommodation Coordinators.

Student Scholarships and Prizes

The Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science

The Lamb Prize in Political Science promotes the value of education by supporting and rewarding undergraduate papers that combine innovation and good writing related to policy or politics.

Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders

USHLI has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships and internships to students from disenfranchised groups. Most notably, the Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders seeks to recognize Hispanic students who share Dr. Andrade’s lifelong commitment to servant leadership. Application deadline November 30, 2022 @ 11:59 PM CT

Recipients will receive a non-renewable scholarship:

  • An academic scholarship ($1,000 for a 4-year institution or $500 for a 2-year institution) for undergraduate students.
  • A complimentary registration to attend the 2023 USHLI National Conference

Educational Opportunities

The University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS)

The University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) will be holding both in-person and virtual Fall Visit Days for prospective graduate students. The in-person Fall Visit Day will take place in Ann Arbor on Friday, October 21st and a virtual Fall Visit Day will follow on Friday, November 4th. This is a great opportunity for prospective students to attend exciting presentations and both in-person and virtual meet-and-greets designed to help them get to know the SEAS community. They’ll have the opportunity to meet with leading sustainability scholars and get advice from graduate students about how to make the most of the programs at U-M SEAS!The in-person Visit Day will take place in Ann Arbor on Friday, October 21st, at 11:30 AM ET and will include a tour of campus, overview of the graduate programs at SEAS and breakout sessions for each of the different graduate programs and specializations. If you can’t make it to Ann Arbor for the in-person Fall Visit Day, we encourage you to attend our Virtual Fall Visit Day that will take place on Friday, November 4th.

U.C. Berkeley Political Science Department PhD Program

Are you considering applying for a PhD in Political Science? As part of the Berkeley Graduate Diversity Admissions Fair, the U.C. Berkeley Political Science Department will be holding a workshop on applying for PhD programs in Political Science, with a special focus on the program at U.C. Berkeley.  Come learn about what it means to pursue a PhD in Political Science, what we look for in the admissions process, and special aspects of the Berkeley program! The session will be run by admissions chair Professor Andrew Little, Graduate student advisor Erin Blanton, and two current graduate students, all of whom will be available to answer questions. This workshop will take place via zoom on Monday, October 17th at 10:00-11:00am PST.  To register for this zoom session, please visit this site.

To learn more about Berkeley’s university-wide Graduate Diversity Admissions Fair, visit and register at this website.

California State University, San Bernandino Masters Programs

M.A National Security Studies

The two-year M.A. program provides a comprehensive curriculum with foundations in strategy and strategic studies for students interested in pursuing careers with the U.S. government or with private companies. M.A. program alumni serve in many different career fields, including defense, security, intelligence, and counter-terrorism. For more information please visit:

M.S. National Cyber Security Studies

The two year M.S. program is one of the few graduate programs in the country that is devoted to the study of U.S. national cyber security. M.S. program alumni serve in many different career fields, including defense, security, and intelligence. For more information please visit:

University of Oregon Masters in Education Policy and Leadership

University of Oregon a new master of science degree in Education Policy and Leadership. The program combines theoretical grounding in education policy and leadership studies, advanced methodological and analytic training, and applied and practical knowledge in students’ individual areas of topical interest. You can reach out to for questions or visit their website.

Other Opportunities

LSAT Workshop

You are invited to a LSAT Workshop presented by TestMasters, the leader in high-end LSAT preparation.

When: October 18, 2022 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Pacific Time

Register in advance for this meeting:

The workshop will be conducted by Rachel Sheffield, a veteran TestMasters instructor with an official LSAT score of 177 and over 18 years of LSAT teaching experience. Attendees will be challenged with a series of difficult LSAT questions and Rachel will demonstrate the most effective methods for tackling them.

If you are interested in law school and want to crush the LSAT, don't miss this great opportunity. RSVP now to save your spot!

Campus Events and Opportunities

The Center for Leadership- Amplifying the Voice of All Leaders

The Center for Leadership formally invites you to join us October 14th for the 2022 Student Leadership Institute. Our theme this year is Amplifying the Voice of All Leaders.

We are working on this incredible event for the whole campus. The keynote will be David Hogg, the Co-Founder of March For Our Lives, and we are building a meaningful program around his message. Besides the keynote we are doing a Student Moderated Interview at the MAC, and the moderators will be ASI President Gracie Babatola, Rachael Tibbetts, and Caden Swain. The panel hopes to build questions surrounding the person behind the leader, encouraging the importance of emotional intelligent leadership!

We will also have three breakout sessions earlier in the afternoon featuring Cal Poly faculty, staff, and students as well as experts from our local community including Charles Feltman. Brene Brown regularly quotes Charles’s work on trust in leadership, specifically his book titled The Thin Book of Trust. Charles was also a guest on her podcast last season. He is presenting on Truth-Based Leadership in Public Policy.

"Trust is the foundation of everything we do and the key leadership competency for success. This session is a starter-kit for becoming an exceptional trust-builder." – Charles Feltman

Registration is now open on Cal Poly Now. The event is free and is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Everyone is welcome to attend the whole event or pick just a session or two.

The SURP+ Poster Symposium

F 10/14 from 2-4pm in Engineering Plaza (near the ATL, Bldg 7).

We are very excited to showcase the research of Cal Poly students across campus, including the CENG, CLA & OCOB SURPs and students supported by the CSU LSAMP Program at Cal Poly and the Office of Student Research. We also have student poster presenters from the C6 LSAMP B2B Alliance of 8 central coast community colleges, including Allan Hancock and Cuesta. Plus, there are desserts sponsored by R-EDGE! ❤ As appropriate for your classes, this event is extra credit eligible. Looking to recruit more transfer student applicants to your majors? COME TO THIS EVENT – we will have about 150-200 potential transfer students present during the symposium. Remarks at 3 and 3:30pm.


andPlay duo: Collaborating with Technology

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022
7:30 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

andPlay duo — Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola — will present a talk and concert with three pieces they commissioned showcasing three different ways of incorporating technology into performance by Bethany Younge, Lester St. Louis and David Bird.

Based in New York City, Bennardo and Levinson first played to an eager crowd on Fire Island in the summer of 2012 and have since commissioned more than 40 works.

andPlay’s debut album, "playlist" (2019, New Focus Recordings), features world-premiere studio recordings of works by Ashkan Behzadi, David Bird and Clara Iannotta. "playlist" was recorded as part of the duo's artist residency at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, New York, and was listed on Bandcamp’s “Best Contemporary Classical: October 2019.”

Recent highlights include a five-city tour in Sweden performing their Translucent Harmonies program, appearances at the Oh My Ears Festival in Phoenix, and the Re:Sound Festival in Cleveland. The duo has also performed at venues including the Center for New Music in San Francisco, Monk Space in Los Angeles, Scandinavia House and Roulette in New York, Short North Stage in Columbus, Ohio, and Aftershock Theater in Pittsburgh.

Beyond the concert stage, Bennardo and Levinson are passionate educators offering workshops in contemporary string techniques, chamber music coaching and composition notation for strings. They have given performances and masterclasses at Arizona State University, UC Santa Cruz, Western Connecticut State University, Otterbein University, Bowling Green State University and were artists-in-residence at the Snow Pond Composers Workshop in Sidney, Maine.

Free admission

Faculty Office Hours and CLA Advising

POLS Department Fall 2022

Faculty Office Hours and PDF version

College of Liberal Arts Advising

CLA Advising is available to assist with registration, academic planning, general education and other degree requirements. referral to support services, advice about major changes, and academic policies and procedures.
CLA Advising Center Hours and Contact Information: 
In-person & Zoom Appointments: 
Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Virtual Fridays: 9:00 am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm
To schedule an appointment, see website. 
Zoom Drop-In Advising: 
Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:00pm 
(hours extended during busy times, see website)
No in-person drop-in advising
Phone: (805) 756-6200


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