In response to Pedro Inzunza Arroyo’s open letter to Warren Baker (“Take action, Dr. Baker,” Nov. 13) I would like to add my two cents. I am an alumna of Cal Poly. I attended for almost three years early in this decade. Having grown up in Los Angeles, one of the first things that struck me about the campus was how white it was—practically no diversity. In fact, I was surprised that there were more Asians than Latinos on campus, given the large Latino population that resides in this county. I realize that the entire county lacks much cultural diversity, but I believe it is the administration of Cal Poly that is responsible for the lack of diversity on campus.
In my opinion, and from my experience, Warren Baker did nothing to improve the lives or education of the attending students. To me, he represented and acted in only the interests of his employers, the university system managers, and the white bread community that we live in. His obligation should be listening to and representing the student population. It took all I had to be polite enough to shake his hand as I received my diploma from him. In my opinion, the reason the community has seen such lack of proper response to the debacle on campus is because Warren Baker didn’t have the cojones to stand up and denounce these reprehensible actions at the Crops House immediately! If he had, his faculty would have most likely followed his lead, instead of using the ‘let’s wait and see what happens’ approach. The ethics and equality of a university, just as with a country, must start at the top, with the president: Warren Baker, it’s time for change!