Cross Cultural Experience (CCE)

A CCE Wowie walks in on the first day of WOW  

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.


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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


Why it's Different

CCE includes alternative experiences for WOWies 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 resources and communities that will help you be a successful Mustang!


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  CCE leaders and WOWies
One of the many cultural events hosted on-campus  

Engaging Beyond WOW

One way to engage with different cultural groups is to join one of the many cross cultural clubs on campus. Cal Poly offers over 300 student-run clubs, several of which are dedicated to offering events for students identifying as belonging to specific groups, including providing support, connection with peers, cultural activities, and outreach 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


Another great opportunity for getting involved on campus is through the Cal Poly Cross Cultural Centers. Made up of three different centers: Multi Cultural Center, Gender Equity Center, and Pride Center. The Cross Cultural Centers host everything from educational events, social gatherings, opportunities for activism, and more, all geared towards forwarding their mission to create a more diverse and inclusive 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


Highlights from CCE WOW 2017

Want to get a sense of what WOW 2017's Cross Cultural Experience was like? Take a look at some of the photos below to see how other groups began their Mustang journey with WOW.

One of our CCE WOW Groups from 2017 One of the many cultural events on campus One of our CCE WOW Groups from 2017


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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