Cross Cultural Experience (CCE)



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!


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 a marginalized group including, but not limited to: various racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, citizenship, sexual orientations, and economic class.



Sign up for the Cross Cultural Experience NOW!

  • Sign up through the “Orientation Events” 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 marginalized 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 marginalized 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 a marginalized community on the Cal Poly campus?

Yes! While CCE seeks to form a community with those that identify with marginalized communities or 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 marginalized community at Cal Poly.

Can Transfers participate in CCE?

Yes! We offer a Transfer specific CCE experience that includes the same programming and events in addition to the traditional Transfer specific programming.


CCE WOW Testimonials

Carlos Gonzalez (He / Him / His), Electrical Engineering
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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."


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