On Monday May 28, 2018, at the invitation of the NAACP-SLO organization, Board members of the Diversity Coalition attended and spoke at their Spring Mixer, held at the SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel Banquet Room, (Pismo Beach) outlining the Coalition's efforts and programs to promote the positive aspects of Diversity in all of its forms.
Preston Allen, VP Emeritus NAACP-SLO
Cornel Morton, Diversity Coalition Board Member
Michael Boyer, President Diversity Coalition Board
Stephen Vines, President NAACP-SLO
On May 3, 2018, the Diversity Coalition held its Spring General Meeting at Ramona Gardens Park Community Center of Grover Beach. We were fortunate to have as our speaker Dr. Donald H. Ryujin, an award winning local university professor and the author of numerous publications and presentations dealing with a variety of diversity studies’ topics and theses. This exciting presentation was very well received by over 70 representatives from diverse organizations (city officials, county supervisors, Police Chiefs, GALA, Tobacco Control Coalition) as well as private citizens and a few students. Dr. Ryujin's topic was "Why No One Escapes Racism-or Sexism," an eye-opening experience!
Ryujin holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Social Psychology, as well as the university’s M.A. in Psychology and a B.A. from Stanford University in Psychology.
As a Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo professor, Ryujin has received the Best Cal Poly Professor Award, 2016, from Cal Poly students, as presented in the school news-paper’s “Best of Cal Poly” edition, the Cal Poly Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006, and was a finalist for a similar award from the entire Cal Poly State University System in 2008.
Published works pertinent to Ryujin’s presentation at our Coalition’s meeting include, “Enhancing Adaptation and Survival for College Students from Disadvantaged Back-grounds”, 2002, “Asian American College Students’ Perceptions of Therapy/Counseling”, 2001, and “Initial use of mental health services by ethnically diverse groups within the United States”, 1999.
At Cal Poly, Ryujin has integrated diversity materials throughout lectures for all his classes and developed courses in both “Motivation” and “Equity/Bias” in the undergraduate school.