Wednesday Weekly: September 28, 2022

A Message from the POLS Department Chair:

Dear POLS Undergraduate and MPP Students,

How are you?  On behalf of faculty and staff of the Political Science Department, I want to welcome you back on campus and celebrate with you the beginning of a new, exciting and fruitful academic year.   I have had many of you in my classes before.  I very much look forward to meeting those of you whom I have not met yet.  

As we put the Pandemic behind us, the administrative side of the work of our department focuses on community rebuilding this year:  further connecting our students, staff and faculty, as well as our alumni with one another and integrating everyone into the POLS community that we all feel very proud of.  We are committed to supporting and serving each and every member of our community.  We look forward to working hard through this year towards this goal.  

We are strengthening our advising efforts to provide more timely and focused attention and help to you. We are setting up events such as Grad School Info Session, Law School Info Session, POLS community mixers, socializing events with our alumni, mentorship program with our alumni, etc to keep everyone better informed and help everyone steadily progress towards your academic and career goals.  

Please find us at “POLS Cal Poly” at Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter and Instagram :) and tell your friends about it.  We will be pushing out news, event notifications, general advice, and stories of our community members steadily.  

Today, I’d like to pay your attention to two of our upcoming events: Grad School Info Session on OCT 4, Tuesday of Week 3, 11-12 and a talk on disability and political identity that our own Professor Matt Moore will be giving to the Cal Poly community.  If you are interested in joining us at the Grad School Info Session please follow the instructions on the flyer and fill out a very short survey to indicate your interests and needs to us.  Please see flyers below.  We hope to see you there!

Please let us know how we might better support you.  Feel free to email us or come by during office hours.  


Helene Shanruo Ning Zhang

Connect with Us

1. Contact the Department

2. Faculty Office Hours

3. Follow the POLS Department on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linkedin


Upcoming Events

October 4th, 11am - 12pm, Bldg, 38, Rm. 121

October 6th, 11am - 12pm, Bldg. 65, Rm. 219


Department News

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.  Similarly, some thinkers see disability as being about bodies/minds that are not able to do certain things, while others see it as being fundamentally about the social response to body/mind differences—on this view, the problem isn't that some people can't hear, for instance, but rather that other people wrongly assume that everyone can, and then design social life based on their assumption. As a final example, we will examine the issue of cure: whether people who are disabled need or want to be "cured," and how disability relates to technology and the transhumanist vision of humans being transformed by our relationship with it. The course promises more questions than answers, and becoming comfortable with that is part of what we will critically examine together. 

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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 

Planwest Senior Planner/Analyst Position

Planwest Partners Inc. is seeking an experienced associate or senior planner/analyst to join our dynamic team of professionals. This position has significant long-term potential to transition into a contract executive officer role for one or more of Planwest’s LAFCo clients. The successful candidate will become part of professional teams engaged in a variety of local and regional planning projects for our clients, including assigned planning, land use, environmental, and LAFCo-related projects. For more information about Planwest, please visit To apply, submit a resume and letter of interest to:
Position open until filled.

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


  • Political Science Club
  • Model United Nations
  • Mock Trial
  • Paidea

      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 

Campus Events and Opportunities

Phi Alpha Delta's Fall 2022 Recruitment

Phi Alpha Delta, the co-ed pre-law professional fraternity, is having their fall recruitment week from Monday, September 26th to Friday, September 30th. Phi Alpha Delta is a great organization for any student interested in attending law school. All majors, grades, and genders are welcome. Join for exclusive LSAT discounts, law school oriented professional development, networking opportunities, a genuine brotherhood, and more!

Recruitment Week: September 26th - 30th

Theme: Murder Mystery 

  • Monday: Powerpoint Night (8-9 pm) 

  • Tuesday: Meeting the Members (8-9 pm) 

  • Wednesday: Internship Panel (8-9 pm) 

  • Thursday: Scavenger Hunt (8-9pm)

  • Friday: Mystery Event (6-8pm) 

The first four events will be in Graphic Arts (building 26, room 106). The Scavenger Hunt will begin in the same room as the first three nights but will require you to walk around campus. Friday’s event will be revealed at the end of the Scavenger Hunt. 

Follow us on Instagram (@PADCalPoly) to remain updated and feel free to reach out via email or direct message. Wishing you all a great fall quarter and we hope to see you soon.

Faculty Office Hours and CLA Advising

POLS Department Fall 2022

Faculty Office Hours

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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