Prospective students explored academic, cultural and social resources at Cal Poly’s Poly Cultural Weekend.
The event held on campus April 21-23, aims to bring students a feeling of belonging and the confidence to succeed at Cal Poly according to Cal Poly’s Multicultural Centers website.
Clubs like the Thai Vietnamese Student Association hosted breakout sessions on Saturday.
“A lot of students coming into Cal Poly are really scared of the culture shock. And I think that this event just kind of helps out, help them figure out that like we do have a place for you here at Cal Poly” said statistics freshmanFrank Fan. “And just like, if you do decide to come here, we have many people that are ready to welcome me with open arms, you know what I mean?”
Fan is a member of the Thai Vietnamese Student Association.
Cal Poly is the only California public university where more than half of the undergraduate students are white, according to Cal Matters.
“So basically all the minorities, people of color come down and see that we actually do have a community even though it is considered PWI. Our community is small but mighty and it’s actually increasing” said kinesiology sophomore Isaiah Martinez. “They made not the last, last, last night that this incoming class is the first class that is not predominantly white. So it’s pretty interesting and making that change and we’re here to support that change.”
Martinez is a brother of the Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Incorporated.
Cal Poly’s incoming classes are steadily becoming more diverse.
Prospective student, Arjunan Easwarachandran, attended the event and participated in bonding events, college tours, and attended the breakouts hosted by cultural clubs.
“It’s just a really nice group of people and I’ve learned a lot about like Hawaiian culture that I would have never learned otherwise,” Easwarachandran said.
Even if you didn’t attend the event, students can still get involved in cultural clubs and organizations on campus.