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.
Black Academic Excellence Center
The Black Academic Excellence Center (BAEC) offers a range of academic and professional support services in a caring social environment allowing you to connect and engage with others through the lens of culture, identity and the Black student experience.
Our advising centers can you help you plan your schedule, plan and track your degree progress, change your major and more.
First-generation students can find campus resources and support as well as connections to the broader first-gen community at Cal Poly.
Jamie Patton, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
At Cal Poly, we are committed to building a campus community where everyone can come together to learn and contribute to a better future. We want to ensure that people from every background and social identity are welcomed, valued and given the resources to thrive academically, socially and personally. Within this guide you will find a variety of leadership opportunities, student clubs, organizations, cultural events, activities and campus services designed with you in mind.
Career & 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.
The NSBE provides a community for culturally responsible Black engineers to excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
The Black Alumni Chapter is a diverse community that allows you the chance to socialize, volunteer and connect with fellow alumni as well as the Cal Poly community.
The BFSA is a diverse association dedicated to creating an environment that is supportive of the recruitment and retention of Black faculty, staff and students.
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.
Through my involvement with many of the campus cultural organizations, I was able to find a community that understood me, accepted me, valued me and supported me. As an Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) student, I was nervous about how to navigate college and if I would find other people with my background. Getting involved with the EOP program provided me with the tools and resources needed to be successful at Cal Poly. I would not be where I am today with the support of my community.
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.
Black student union
The Black Student Union (BSU) works to build unity and enhance the lives of Black students on- and off-campus. The club promotes Black cultural awareness and pride, advocates for academic success and fosters a community of Black voices.
Student Diversity and Belonging is a coalition of campus centers that work together to provide a place of community and create a culturally rich environment.
Getting involved with one of our many student-run cultural clubs are a great way for you to make connections and find your community.
Cultural Housing Communities
While living on campus, you can choose to live in residential learning community with others who share your field of study, career aspirations, personal interests or cultural identity.
Cultural pride and Events
Our campus groups, clubs and other organizations create a rich environment of annual and seasonal events that celebrate and educate the campus community on Black history and culture.
Interested in Applying?
We can help you explore our campus resources, admission requirements and the application process. Whether you are a prospective or current student, parent or counselor, we are here to support you and answer your questions via phone or via video chat.
Dimitrous Chattman, M.A.
CSU African-American Initiative
The California State University's African American Initiative aims to increase college participation, enrollments and graduation rates for African-American students. In partnership with California churches serving predominantly African American congregations, the CSU holds outreach events, conducts programs and shares resources all aimed at increasing awareness and preparing students for higher education.