What is Connections?
Connections is a social resource network providing peer connections to Cal Poly students. Due to COVID-19, all 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:
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: 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.
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.
A weekly group that provides a chance for students with autism to spend time around neurodivergent peers with no expectation of performing neurotypicality.
A weekly group for students who experience chronic invisible illness to share experiences, resources, and support in a safe environment of peers.
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, female-identified, food/housing-insecure, religious minorities.