Cross Cultural Experience (CCE)
Take a Look at CCE
Want to get a feel for what CCE has to offer? Check out the photos of CCE Groups and events from this year's past Week of Welcome to meet some of our students and explore The Week for yourself! Or, check out the full gallery on Flickr here.
What Is Cross Cultural Experience (CCE)?
Celebrate Diversity. Cultivate Community.
Why it's Different
CCE includes alternative experiences for WOWies in addition to The Week such as: fun activities, workshops, discussions, and a multicultural resource fair that centers the voices of underrepresented students at Cal Poly and ensures that as a CCE participant you are connecting to the resources and communities that will help you be a successful Mustang!
Engaging Beyond WOW
Cal Poly offers over 300 student-run clubs, several of which are dedicated to providing underrepresented, minority group members with various cultural activities, support, connections, and education. These clubs are a great opportunity to meet new people and engage with different cultures and groups, even if those are different than ones you personally identify with.
Cal Poly's Cross Cultural Centers is made up of three different centers: the Gender Equity Center, the MultiCultural Center, and the Pride Center. These centers hosts everything from educational events and social gatherings to opportunities for activism and more, all geared towards forwarding their mission of sustaining a culturally rich environment for students to feel welcomed and celebrated at Cal Poly. For more information about the Cross Cultural Centers, please visit their website below, or visit them in-person!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I participate in CCE if I don’t identify with an underrepresented minority community on the Cal Poly campus?
Yes! While CCE seeks to form a community with those that identify with underrepresented minority populations it is open to anyone that wishes to have a more cultural orientation experience.
Can I switch into CCE if I have already registered for WOW?
Yes! Just fill out the Orientation Request Form signifying that you would like to switch into CCE.
How is CCE different than a traditional WOW Group experience?
Cross Cultural Experience groups will have intentional programming and events to engage with campus resources and faculty that serve underrepresented minorities at Cal Poly.
CCE WOW Testimonials
Carlos Gonzalez (He / Him / His), Electrical Engineering, 1st Year
"It was nice to meet people outside of my tower I gained friends that I would otherwise not have."
Haniya Hassan (She / Her / Hers), Plant Science, 1st Year
"It’s hard to find other people of color to be friends with in a predominantly white institution. CCE is like the Week of Welcome, but diverse."
Anonymous, Art and Design, 1st Year
"CCE is super fun, the best WOW leaders and family you can get. You will feel more at home and more accepted than in any other program. CCE has to keep going, without it I don’t know how accepted I’d even feel at this school. It’s the right way to start off your college experience."
Monica Jardinico (She / Her / Hers), Graphic Design, 1st Year
"I made some great friends that I happen to still hang out with and created some beautiful memories with amazing people. I know that if I ever need support I can count on my WOW leaders to be there."
Nicholas Martinez (He / Him / His), Biomedical Engineering, 2nd Year
"I wanted to be a CCE WOW Leader because I wanted to facilitate the transition for underrepresented students into a predominantly white-cis-straight campus. I made friends I never would have met if not for becoming a CCE WOW Leader. I became a role model on campus to a group of young adults. My CO became one of the best friends I have. I wouldn’t trade my Cross Cultural Experience for anything in the world."