BEACoN Research Scholars

Believe, Educate & Empower, Advocate, Collaborate, Nurture

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BEACoN hosts multiple meetings and workshops during the year. These activities allow BEACoN Scholars to build community with one another, build professional development skills and provide a safe space for sharing experiences and ideas between all members of our network. We hope that within this community to will find others with whom you can identify.   ​


Learn More About the BEACoN Program

Click here to watch a video featuring Dr. Kelly Bennion, and past BEACoN Research Scholars Qashat Rosales and Miaya May talk about the BEACoN Program and their experiences as BEACoN Research Scholars.

                   Read About Past BEACoN Scholars Experiences


BEACoN is a program funded by the Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity to mentor diverse students across the Cal Poly Campus.

Cal Poly will be an institution of higher education where all students are empowered to reach their full academic and personal potential with graduation rates that do not have achievement gaps between underrepresented and majority students.


BEACoN exists to educate and empower underrepresented students and advocate for them as they aspire to successfully complete their Cal Poly education.  We will work collaboratively with all members of the campus community to increase success and retention of underrepresented or underperforming students.


  • Educate students from underrepresented groups about the myriad resources in student and academic affairs that exist to help them be successful inside and outside of the classroom
  • Empower students to find their voice and achieve their potential by helping them develop skills that are consistent with academic and professional success
  • Advocate for students who are underrepresented or unaware of the ways in which they can be successful at Cal Poly SLO


Educate - Opportunities to share information regarding different topics

  • Tips and tricks for working with faculty to promote student sucess
  • Focus Groups Discussions - Topics will vary based on student and faculty interests

Empower - Workshops to educate and empower student

  • Planting the seeds: Explore diverse identities by sharing your own story, self-reflecting on your past and present in order to gain direction for the future; learning how to be an advocate for yourself and how to tailor opportunities to your own interests
  • Finding your Strengths: Students are invited to complete the StrengthsFinder inventory and engage in discussion surrounding interpretations of findings within a cultural context
  • Knowing and Using your Strengths Figuring out how to utilize one's strengths in ways that can help plan for the future and overcome obstacles to success

Advocate - Opportunities for connections and collaborations within the BEACoN network

  • Students are matched with Faculty mentors in various fields based on mutual interests and goals
  • "Meet and Greet" sessions offer a space where mentors and mentees discuss what they hope to gain from participating in the network and discover how mentorship can enhance student success
  • ​Meeting times are flexible but members of the network are encouraged to meet a minimum of three times per quarter


  • Students from underrepresented groups tend to graduate at a rate lower than other groups of students based on race/ethnicity
  • Students form underrepresented groups have the highest rates of academic disqualification or tend to discontinue enrollment when compared to other groups of students based on race/ethnicity
  • We are here are here to provide guidance, advice and strategies to help underrepresented students reach their academic , personal and professional goals

Related Content


Resources for Mentors and Mentees!

BEACoN Resources

Office of University Diversity & Inclusion



Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology



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