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What is Connections?

Connections is a social resource network for Cal Poly students. Due to the Shelter in Place order, all Connections clubs, Mentoring, and Finding Friends advising, will take place virtually during Spring Quarter. For more information, please email For Disability Resource Center services, please refer to this link. For updates on COVID-19 and Cal Poly, refer to this website.

The umbrella organization comprises:

Connections Club (formerly known as simply Connections)

Connections Club promotes student community growth through weekly meetings for any Cal Poly student to meet new people and form friendships. 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.

Interested in advising other students? Please email volunteer coordinator Adrian Lindsey at: Thank you!

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.

Chronic Illness and Pain Support Network

The Chronic Pain and Invisible Illness Support Group is a weekly group for students who experience chronic pain, chronic illness, or invisible illness to have a welcoming space to share experiences, resources, and support.

Disability Plus

Open to students with disabilities who identify with an additional marginalized group, including, but not limited to, students of color, LGBTQIA students, undocumented students, student-veterans, women, food/housing-insecure students, and students from religious minorities. A safe and intersectional space to interact with other students in the disability community. If interested in joining, please, select "Disability Plus" in the contact us section, or email

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