Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: Tuesday October 31, 2023


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For this week's PSY&CD spotlight feature, we are highlighting 1st year PSY student Julia Ruiz and 4th year CD major & PSY/CD Student Advisory Committee Member Cristian Reyes. Read on to learn more about them.

Julia Ruiz, 1st year Psychology Student

  • What is something you love about your hometown?
    • Something I love so much about my hometown in Austin is our famous motto “Keep Austin Weird” because it’s a such lively and fun city where you can be whoever you want to be and express yourself without judgment. There are countless personalities and a person for everyone with the friendly atmosphere!
  • Do you have any talents/ hobbies that people might not know about?
    • My favorite hobby would definitely have to be reading books of honestly any genre—I love getting lost in a addicting story with new perspectives and I always end up learning more about myself and the world around me. My favorite authors would have to be Taylor Jenkins Reid, Leigh Bardugouh, and Helen Huang!
  • What do you value most in your friends?
    • What I look for and value in any friendship is the ability to create a safe and comfortable environment with each other where we can share ideas while encouraging each other to grow and be our best selves. 

Cristian Reyes, 4th year Child Development student

  • Is there anything from any of your previous educators (at any point in your life) that has stuck with you?
    • A mentor once told me, "If there is no space for you at the table, bring your own chair." After sharing this with a different mentor, they then told me, "Or you can build your own table." This has allowed me to navigate professional spaces as a young Latine professional navigating the spaces of higher education. 
  • What's one of your favorite recent memories?
    • Meeting Dolores Huerta at the Adelante HSI Symposium by the Office of University Diversity & Inclusion. She was one of the first and only Latine people that I remember learning about in my k-12 education. She is a large role model and icon in the Latine community.
  • What do you most value in your friends?
    • Humor! Funny friends can make dull times great and it leads to great memories.

Student Advisory Committee Spotlight!

The PSY/CD Student Advisory Committee provides consultation to the faculty on relevant undergraduate and graduate student issues. They are ready to bring your comments and concerns to the department so stop them in the halls or email any member directly. 

Want to participate in the weekly spotlight?

If you're interested in interviewing another student, faculty member, or staff member in our department, please fill out this google form.




Happy Halloween from everyone at the Preschool Lab!


National Latinx/e Psychological Association (NLPA) conference

This weekend, Dr. Susana A. López, Cal Poly PSY alumni Nancy Lagunas, and 4th year PSY students Elias Sandoval and Lily Pasetta presented their research "BIPOC Adolescents' Racialized School Experiences: Moving from Simply Listening to Believing and Healing" at the National Latinx/e Psychological Association (NLPA) conference in Chicago!


Here is a copy of their research that is in the photo above: 


Above is Dr. López and her daughter with the amazing and brilliant Latina psychologist, Liliana Comas-Diaz! She was the 2019 winner of American Psychological Association (APA) Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology. Students can learn more about her here:


Qualified students may gain research experience working with faculty researchers as a research intern, as part of or apart from the research track. Arranging a research internship is typically initiated by the student. A listing of faculty research interests can be found here.



If you are now a senior based on completed coursework, make sure that your intended graduation date is updated with the Cal Poly “changing your graduation term” form on the registrar website.


Field Internships for Winter - SENIORS!

You are eligible IF you are graduating Winter, Spring, or Summer 2024. Please start checking your email for an invitation to the Canvas site called PSY/CD Field Internship Orientation (let us know if after Monday (10/16) you do not have access). This site will help you understand the steps to take to secure a field internship. (You do not just enroll in internship - you start arranging your internship site the quarter before via our department canvas page!)


Tentative Course Offerings (TCO) for 2023-24


Please always check our TCO because it is where we first publish our updates:

FYI: The listings for Summer 2024 are not complete - we will add classes as we learn which we are likely to offer.



Cal Poly Entrepreneurs

Cal Poly Entrepreneurs is hosting their largest pitch competition of the year, Startup Launch Weekend, from November 10-12. This Shark Tank-themed event will start downtown in the CIE Hothouse with guest speakers, catered food, and a business model canvas workshop. Throughout the weekend, students will form groups and develop a business idea, for the chance to win over $2100 in prizes!

This is an amazing opportunity to network, meet industry leaders, engage in customer development, and present their final pitch to a panel of judges. There will be catered food from In n Out, Celsius, SloDoCo, Costco, and much more! 

Startup Launch Weekend is a 54-hour long event in San Luis Obispo, hosted by Cal Poly Entrepreneurs, where participants experience what it takes to start their own company in a hands on scenario. Participants share their ideas, form teams, engage in customer development, and present their final pitch to a panel of judges. Throughout the weekend, teams work alongside mentors, faculty members, and local business executives who guide them through the journey. In addition, participants have the opportunity to hear from co-founders and CEOs who have successfully built their own companies. 

Click here for the sign up link!

Talk by Dr. Laurie Shrage: Rebuilding the Movement for Reproductive Rights and Justice


Philosophy Research Workshop


The Philosophy Department is hosting a talk this upcoming Friday, Oct 27 from 12:10 pm - 2:00 pm. Carlo DaVia (UC Riverside/CUNY) will be presenting his paper “Immoral Philosophers: Keep or Cancel?” in the Warren G. Baker Center (Building 180) Room 114. An abstract for the paper follows, and please see the attached flyer. Come think about this important topic with us! See you there! 

Who: Carlo Davia  (UC Riverside/CUNY)

When: Friday, October 27, 2023, from 12:10-2 PM

Where: Bldg. 180 Rm. 114

Title: Immoral Philosophers: Keep or Cancel?

Abstract: Many famous philosophers have flawed moral records. Aristotle, for example, condoned slavery and argued that women had by nature diminished capacities for reasoning. What should we do about these problematic thinkers? Can we keep reading them, or do they deserve to be canceled? The aim of my presentation is to clarify some of the relevant ethical issues so that we all can make better decisions about who we study and why.

UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, 2020-21 Fellow

All are welcome!


Funding Opportunity: Cal Poly HSI High Impact Mini-Grant Program


Up to ten mini-grants will be awarded ranging from $500 to $5,000 for projects and programs that demonstrate a strong potential to holistically impact the Latinx/e community at Cal Poly.  

Project Focus: Proposed projects should align with the mission of Cal Poly's pathway to becoming an HSI and center the experiences of the Latinx/e community. 

All Faculty, staff, and students at Cal Poly are eligible to apply including individuals, organizations, departments, and units. 

Grant Categories:

Applicants may apply for mini-grants in the following categories: 

  • Educational Initiatives: Projects that enhance educational opportunities and outcomes for Latinx/e students, such as curriculum development, mentorship programs, or academic support services. 
  • Cultural and Community Engagement: Initiatives that promote Latinx/e culture, heritage, and community engagement on campus, including cultural events, workshops, and awareness campaigns. 
  • Research and Innovation: Projects that support research endeavors and innovations that address issues relevant to the Latinx/e community or contribute to the advancement of Cal Poly’s HSI status in STEM, as a Predominantly White Institution, as a CSU etc.  

Deadline: November 30, 2023

You can find more details about the Cal Poly HSI Mini-Grant Program here

Participate in the Mustang Media Group's research survey!


Scholarship: Professional Development Grant

Intertidal Literary and Art Journal



Call for Submissions!


Attention all writers and artists! 


Intertidal is a literary and art journal that aims to reflect Cal Poly writers and artists of all experience levels, backgrounds, and majors in their growth and connection through creativity. 

To honor our journal’s vision of inclusivity and diversity, we welcome and encourage students, staff, and faculty of all identities, academic disciplines, and experience levels within the Cal Poly community to submit works of creative writing and visual art. We want to hear from you!

Vol. 2 Vision Statement: Like a California tide pool flourishing with an abundant display of marine life, Cal Poly is home to an equally diverse array of literary and artistic talents. The 2024 issue of the Intertidal literary journal will showcase these talents, allowing readers to peer into a realm of creative expression that celebrates our university’s multilayered ecosystem.


Submissions may include but are not limited to the following genres: short fiction, poems, essays, screenplay excerpts, comic strips, photography, paintings, and illustrations.


Submission Guidelines

  1. The window for submissions is open now until Friday, 12/08/23.
  2. Writing submissions must not exceed 15 pages. 
  3. Visual art submissions must not exceed 5 pieces. 


Submit your work here



Please email any questions that you may have to

Our Intertidal team will also be hosting one-on-one workshops for anyone wanting to go over their work prior to submission! Reach out via email if you are interested in scheduling. 

In the meantime, follow @cp.intertidal on Instagram to stay up to date with the journey of the publication.

Take a look at last year's Intertidal publication here:


The History-Social Sciences Credential Program and the Equity in Education Minor (EEM) Information Sessions

  • Tuesday, October 31st 11:10 to noon in Building 65 (University Union) Room 216 (conference room).
    • 11:10-11:30 Credential information
    • 11:30-noon Equity in Education Minor
  • Wednesday, November 8th 1:10 pm to 2 pm in Building 65 (University Union) Room 216 (conference room).
    • 1:10-1:30 Credential information
    • 1:30-2 pm Equity in Education Minor

The credential information portion of each session is aimed at helping students prepare for entry to Cal Poly's Single Subject Program. The Equity in Education Minor portion is aimed at any Cal Poly student who might be interested in pursuing the minor. The EEM has pathways for K-12 teaching, Higher Education, Education Studies, and Social Justice and Critical Pedagogies.


Contact Joel Orth (jorth@calpoly) if you would like to make an individual appointment for advising on either topic.

Kennedy Library Resources


On Campus Study Locations

Click here for a list of study locations on campus. This list includes real-time occupancy information for some of the temporary spaces.

Kennedy Library Town Hall



Mustang Film Society


Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group

Do you have an interest in biology, counseling, and advocacy? Still unsure what career you want to pursue? Come check out the Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group! They meet every odd week on Thursdays from 4:10pm-5pm in Baker (Bldg. 180), Room 112 this quarter. We hope to see you there!

Mustang News Roundup

Attention Psychology & Child Development Students and Staff! Are you eager to be in the know about the latest campus news and updates? Do you want the most up-to-date headlines conveniently sent to your email? Look no further! Subscribe to the Mustang News Roundup today! Our Roundup newsletter brings you the freshest Mustang News and KCPR content, and is delivered straight to your inbox every Monday through Friday of the school year. Don't let this opportunity to stay well-informed pass you by! Subscribe here!

Study Abroad & Language Study

Cal Poly Global Programs 2024

Cal Poly Music Department 


Our Big Band director is searching for a drummer to play in our big band this quarter.  Are any secret drummers on campus who are interested and available to rehearse MWF 11:10-12 in 45-216 and perform on November 17 at 7:30 pm?  We provide the kit.

If interested, contact Alicia M. Doyle <> 
Info about our jazz ensembles can be found here:




Chancellor's Office Job Shadow Program!

Job shadowing is where an individual has the opportunity to work alongside and gain experience of the role of another individual, and gain an insight into that particular role and industry. It can also be used to provide an individual within a department the opportunity to work alongside more experienced colleagues so they can learn and develop within their current role.

Check out this link to learn more about an opportunity for CSU students to gain valuable insight through real and relevant learning as they determine the career paths they will take after graduating.  

Quantitative Methods Info Session

Here is a link to register to the above info session. 

Ordinary Abortion in Obvious Child: What Abortion Really Looked Like in America

University of Nebraska at Omaha: MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology


Child Development Permit Stipend Program

The Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) Permit Stipend Program pays the child development permit application fee to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for eligible applicants. The child development permit stipend is available for all levels of the permit:  Assistant, Associate Teacher, Teacher, Master Teacher, Site Supervisor and Program Director*

  • First Time Applicants:  All levels      
  • Renewal Applicants:  All levels
  • Upgrade Applicants:  All levels   

Permit stipend applications are available at CDTC also reimburses $49 of live scan fees to eligible first-time permit applicants. If you have any questions, please contact CDTC at 

Brick-by-Brick Program

UCSB Teacher Education Program



We believe public education has the power to shape a more equitable future for all learners. Our 12-month teaching credential and master’s degree program is uniquely structured to focus on developing constructive relationships, immersing candidates in a full year of supported student teaching, and integrating coursework with fieldwork to put theory into practice. 

Learn more about UCSB TEP by checking out our website, attending one of our upcoming information meetings, or signing up for our newsletter. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at

Childcare Jobs


The PSY&CD deparment does not advertise family care opportunities in the Tuesday Newsday, but one of our student clubs runs a Facebook page that serves to link families with students for caregiving needs. The site is "Poly Child Development Club Jobs Page". You will have to request to be added to the group and then, once approved, you will be able to post.





Dear Participant: 

You are being invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to provide a more holistic and contextualized perspective of Asian American and Asian international students’ experiences in higher education, by investigating risk and protective factors impacting Asian American students’ well-being. This study is conducted by Stephanie Chin and Dr. Amanda Mitchell of the University of Louisville, Department of Education and Human Development.

Your participation in the study will involve completing a web-based survey on Qualtrics. The study will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete. There are no known risks for your participation in this research study other than possible discomfort in answering personal questions. The information you provide will shed light on psychosociocultural factors impacting the well-being of Asian American students in higher education. Qualtrics does not collect identifying information such as your name, email address, or IP address. Therefore, your responses will remain confidential, but absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed over the Internet. Your information will be stored and secured by password protected computer. The information collected may not benefit you directly. The information learned in this study may be helpful to others.

You are eligible to participate if:

* You are 18 years of age or older

* Identify as Asian or Asian American residing in the United States

* Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the United States (Bachelor’s level and above)

Please see the study link if interested in participating.

Participants of the survey are eligible to enter a raffle for one of sixteen $20 Amazon gift cards as compensation for your time. If you choose to enter the raffle, you will enter your email address at the conclusion of the survey through a separate link. You do not need to provide your email address in order to participate.


These are our most recent job postings. For previously posted opportunities, see here or use the Tuesday Newsday archives at the bottom of this page.

Paid Service Experience: AVID Tutor: San Luis Coastal Unified School District

You can find more info about this service experience here



CESAME Learning Facilitators:

- Learn and apply high impact teaching strategies

- Close STEM Access Gaps

- Develop transferable skills that extend beyond subject-specific knowledge skills (i.e. communication, problem solving, management...)

- Inspire environmental action

- Start at $17.50/hour

- Work 2-10 hours/week

CESAME Learning facilitators operate in three different settings. Choose the one that best matches your interest and schedule:

Makers out of School Time (MOST)- Facilitate maker projects in a small group, afterschool programs

- Teaching Assistants in Mathematics and Science (TEAMS)- Tutor students in elementary, middle and high school

Sci Trek- Facilitate elementary science lessons during school time

To apply, click here.




Looking for paid experiences working with children? Be sure to join the Poly Child Development Club Jobs Facebook group! I know - Facebook! So old school BUT THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES! :)




How can I learn more about senior project?

We have updated information about Senior Projects on the department website.

  • PSY/CD 461 is a seminar-style class where you attend class and work with a team to identify an area of interest and conduct a literature review on that topic. Registration for this is through the usual process.
  • PSY/CD 462 is a supervision-mode class where your team gets matched with a faculty advisor who guides you in developing and conducting a project related to your literature review from PSY/CD 461. The final deliverable includes a written paper that usually consists of sections typical to APA articles (Abstract, Literature Review, Method, Results, Discussion, References).Registration for this is by permission number given out during PSY/CD 461.

Planning your schedule for the year?

We have updated the Tentative Course Offerings link to reflect the courses we are offering this academic year. REMEMBER, however, things can change so check back often.



Schedule an Appointment - Current Students | School of Education

What Kind of Advising is Available?

I have a question related to GE requirements...

The advisors in The College of Liberal Arts Advising Center can answer your questions about General Education (GE) requirements, registration, academic planning, support services, major changes, and academic policies and procedures.Additional useful academic resources can be found on Cal Poly's Enrolled Students web page, including links to the Cal Poly catalog, registration information, academic records and evaluations, finals schedules, etc. Website:

In-Person & Zoom Appointments: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Closed for lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 pm)

Zoom Drop-in Advising: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm – 4:00pm

I have a question related to major and/or minor requirements in Psychology, Child Development, or Gerontology...

The Psychology and Child Development Department has several faculty members who serve as academic advisors for our majors and minors. Students are invited to attend office hours or make appointments with any of these advisors. For advisor contact information and office hours, click here.

For 2022-23, the Academic Advisors are:

Advisor Advising Area

Dr. Carrie Langner

Department Chair


Psychology Major 

Child Development Major

Child Development Minor

Gerontology Minor


Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski

(Associate Chair)

Child Development Major 


I have a question about graduate school and/or careers...

All active faculty in the Psychology and Child Development Department hold weekly office hours to support students in talking about educational and career plans. For advisor contact information and office hours, click here.

PSY/CD Advising Structure

The main roles of each of our advisors is outlined below, however our motto is: When in Doubt, Seek Someone Out!  You are welcome to contact any faculty member for support and they will direct you to the most appropriate person depending on your needs.  Click here PSY/CD Advising to read about the new PSY/CD process for helping you!

How Can I Sign Up for an Appointment?

Office hours are posted on the PSY/CD Website (or use QR code below). Unless indicated, office hours are opportunities to drop-in with advising questions, career/graduate school questions, or just to introduce yourself and chat.




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