Cross Cultural Experience (CCE)

Week of Welcome - Cross Cultural Experience


CCE 2018


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.
Create Memories.

This Week of Welcome option seeks to form a community for students who identify as a member of an underrepresented group including, but not limited to: various racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, citizenship, sexual orientations, and economic class.


Download a CCE Flyer


Sign up for the Cross Cultural Experience NOW!

  • Sign up through the “Orientation” tab in your Cal Poly Portal
  • When registering for the Week of Welcome select the “Cross Cultural Experience” as your group preference
  • If you have already registered for WOW and would like to switch into the Cross Cultural Experience, fill out the Orientation Request Form


CCE leaders at the CCE Closing  

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!


Learn More About WOW

  CCE leaders hyping up WOWies on the first day of WOW


The Powder of the Panther Discussion Panel during WOW 2018


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.


Learn More About On-Campus Clubs


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!


Visit the Cross Cultural Centers Website


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

Giselle Dougan, Software Engineering, 1st Year
"It was nice to meet people outside of my tower I gained friends that I would otherwise not have."


Abhishu Rawka, Computer Science, 1st Year
"I got to meet a lot of new cool people from different backgrounds and cultures. I learned from their values and I’m still good friends with them."


Shaida Biglari, Biomedical Engineering, Transfer
"[I] Became close friends with unique people, and it also introduced me to all the cross cultural services provided on campus."


Camryn Reed, Animal Science, 1st Year
"CCE gave me an opportunity to meet with many different people who came from various backgrounds and provided a great WOW experience for me."


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