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What is Connections?

Connections is a social resource network providing peer connections to Cal Poly students. Due to COVID-19, some Connections programming is currently virtual. If you are a Cal Poly student seeking disability-related services, please visit the Disability Resource Center (DRC) website. For campus updates on COVID-19, visit Cal Poly's Coronavirus Information page.

The Connections umbrella of programming comprises:

• Connections Club

Gatherings to promote campus community and help students meet new people and form friendships. Students are invited to socialize in a low-pressure, welcoming environment, where they can engage as much or as little as is comfortable. Being registered with the DRC is not required.

• Access Mentoring & Ability Sidekicks

Access Mentoring: More experienced DRC students support DRC mentees in navigating accessibility at Cal Poly and in the SLO community. Mentors share insights on academic and social resources and offer peer support.

Ability Sidekicks: DRC students are peer-matched, with the goal of becoming friends and supporting each other equally in a non mentor-mentee dynamic.

• Finding-Friends Advising

One-on-one informational appointments on social opportunities, campus life, and skills development to find, make, and maintain friendships.  Fill out our interest form to get connected with a finding-friends advisor.

• ASD Student Group

A weekly group that provides a chance for students with autism to spend time around neurodivergent peers with no expectation of performing neurotypicality. Fall quarter 2021 on Fridays at 1PM from 10/8 through 12/3 (there is no group on 11/26). Contact Connections for the Zoom link.

• Chronic Invisible Illness Support Group

A weekly group for students who experience chronic invisible illness to share experiences, resources, and support in a safe environment of peers. Fall quarter 2021 on Fridays at 11AM. Contact Connections for the Zoom link.

• Disability +

A safe and intersectional group for students with disabilities who identify with an additional marginalized community, including, but not limited to: BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, undocumented, veteran, womxn, food/housing-insecure, religious minorities.

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