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What is Connections?

Connections is a social resource network for Cal Poly students.

The umbrella organization comprises:

Connections Club (formerly known as simply Connections)

Connections Club promotes student community growth through free weekly pizza lunches on the lawn of Student Services (Bldg 124, every Tuesday; drop by between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm). Students are invited to come socialize in a low-pressure environment, where they can engage as much or as little as they feel comfortable with. The Connections community is friendly and welcoming to new faces. Being registered with the Disability Resource Center is not required.

Access Mentoring & Ability Sidekicks

Access Mentoring: More experienced students advise on navigating Cal Poly. SLO, and the community, with a disability. Mentors share insight on accessibility, direct mentees to academic and social resources, and provide emotional support.

Ability Sidekicks: Students are peer-matched with the goal of becoming friends and supporting each other equally.

Finding-Friends Advising

Finding-Friends Advising takes the form of one-on-one informational appointments on social opportunities, campus life, and advice on developing the skills to find/make friends & maintain friendships.

ASD Student Network

The Autistic Students' Network is a social support network for Cal Poly students on the autism spectrum. Weekly meetings provide a chance for autistic students to spend time around others like them with no expectation of performing neurotypicality, and an online group provides a space for students to interact through text rather than face-to-face, between meetings, when they don't have time to attend, or simply if they prefer online communication.

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