Diversity is one of the most important values that Cal Poly Pomona maintains. According to collegefactual.com, CPP is considered “above average in overall diversity” because it offers opportunities for everyone with different backgrounds and promotes fairness and success for minority groups at CPP.

To help support the diversity among students, the Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers developed an eclectic collection of centers on campus. From group discussions to advising and access to printers, computers and other resources, the cultural centers offer essential tools to help students excel in academics at CPP.

Many students find that simply having the camaraderie that comes with being surrounded by students with such intrinsically similar lives helps build a sense of belonging that can be difficult to cultivate alone in the early years of higher education. With a supportive community for every student, the cultural centers are a perfect tool for student success at CPP.

African American Student Center

The AASC works to encourage its members to prosper, develop and retain their enrollment through graduation by celebrating their African American culture. The center produces events throughout the school year including workshops, talks and discussions, retreats and other interactions designed to develop a sense of community.

Asian Pacific Islander Student Center

The APISC strives to meet the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander students through coordinating projects and providing resources and services. The center also aims to create an open dialogue and welcomes anyone to come and learn about important issues surrounding the Asian Pacific Islander community.

Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education

This center gets students involved in the community both at CPP and outside campus. Members participate in local school programs and events and contribute to outreach programs for middle school and high school students and families in the surrounding area. Members receive academic, personal and program advising and referrals. The center also participates in on-campus multicultural workshops and volunteer work in positions that help build a strong professional foundation for the future.

Native American Student Center

Native American Student Center serves to help Native American students achieve success at CPP while honoring the culture of both the university and indigenous tribes. The center encourages the development of leadership skills in a global society.

Pride Center

The Pride Center is a supportive and resourceful environment for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex or allies (LGBTQIA). Students can receive education, advocacy and empowerment for their sexual orientation and gender identity. The center is designed to foster a safe space for the LGBTQIA  community on campus.

The Women’s Resource Center is one of a total of six cultural centers on campus aimed at serving Cal Poly’s diverse student body. (Tevin Voong | The Poly Post)

Women’s Resource Center

The WRC works to perpetuate gender equity through empowerment. The center creates a supportive community and safe place to encourage consciousness and companionship through brave and meaningful discussions. This center produces CPP’s annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” and provides one of the university’s lactation spaces for mothers on campus.

This article was originally published in the 2018 Bronco Guide.

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