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Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Student Resource Guide

Academic Support

Learn by Doing defines Cal Poly academics. There are a wide range of academic support services such as tutoring, advising, presentation and essay help, and more to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities and resources.

Student Academic Services

Student Academic Services (SAS) provides services to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities and resources to achieve academic success and graduation. Through SAS, you can utilize a network of services including academic advising and tutoring, as well as programs such as Cal Poly Scholars, the Education Opportunity Program and more.

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Dylan Tabalan

Mechanical Engineering

I have found my community mainly through clubs and organizations. Many multicultural clubs provide mentor programs that help match you with like-minded individuals and help adopt you into their club community. Finding and cultivating your community is vital to healthy college life and Cal Poly has the resources to do that whether through clubs, organizations, WOW group, and even in classes. My professors care about their students and their individual learning environments. 

Dylan is original from Houston, Texas. He is a member of the Japanese Student Association, the Chinese Student Association, Hui'O Hawaii, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and is also an orientation leader for New Student Transition Programs as well as an organizational rep for Polycultural Weekend.

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Career and Professional Development

Resources, training and advice are available to help you reach your professional goals. Our campus organizations offer career advising and exploration, job and internship placement, career fairs, professional development, mentorship opportunities, mock interviews, resume review and more.

Career Services

Career Services contains resources that can assist you in finding jobs and internships as well as offers career counseling, interview and resume help and more.


The Asian Pacific Desi American Islander Faculty Staff Association (APIDA FSA) supports and empowers members through a variety of social and networking opportunities.  

Center for Leadership

The Center for Leadership can help you develop the intellectual, professional and civic skills necessary to become a socially engaged leader.

Clubs and Community

There are a variety of places, groups and organizations on our campus that provide a supportive environment for you to connect and build your community. 

Student Diversity and Belonging

Student Diversity and Belonging is a coalition of campus community centers including the Gender Equity Center, Men and Masculinities, the MultiCultural Center, the Black Academic Excellence Center, the Dream Center and the Pride Center. These centers work together to provide a place of community and to create and promote a culturally rich environment at Cal Poly.


Students stand holding signs that say their club names - PCE and the Japanese Student Association.
Students talk while cooking in the dorm common room

Cultural Housing Communities

While living on campus, you can choose to live with others who share fields of study, career aspirations, personal interests or cultural identity.

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Greek Organizations

Many greek organizations offer cultural connections, pride and community while fostering a belief in service, scholarship and leadership. 

Cultural Clubs

With more than 400 clubs on campus — including the following cultural clubs — there are lots of opportunities for you to find your community and explore your interests. 

Joy Pedersen

Dean of Students

As the Dean of Students, I help create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all of our students. I help navigate the resources and support service available, and I often work with students in crisis in order for them to be personally and academically successful.

Cal Poly is a large campus, and it can take time to find community. There are many students, faculty, and staff who want to help you find a community that feels like your home and I encourage you to reach out if you aren't finding what you need.

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Portrait of Joy Pedersen