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Latinx Student Stories

America Romero

Psychology Major
Statistics and Child Development Minors

As a first-generation student, I wasn’t sure what to look for in a college. I looked only at Cal Poly for academics and didn’t research the demographics. When I got involved with Cal Poly Scholars, it mimicked the environment and community I was used to and I felt accepted. By attending events and socializing within the living-learning community, I met other people in the program and found a great group of friends that were extremely supportive and just as involved with creating equitable experiences.

Portrait photo of America Romero

Christian Ferrandino

Mechanical Engineering Major | Energy Resources

The Multicultural Center and Multicultural Engineering Program both offer study spaces, access to technology, workshops, and amazing staff that are always willing to help whenever I’ve needed it. These are welcoming and accepting spaces where I can always go when I need somewhere to study for a midterm or just relax after a long day of classes.

Christian Ferrandino, Mechanical Engineering major

María López-Neri 

Animal Science Major

When I was moving to San Luis Obispo, I was worried that I wouldn't find a safe and welcoming space. Once I found the Multicultural Center and Greek life, I was soon surrounded by a community that was supportive and accepting. We are able to learn and grow from each other through our different cultures and backgrounds. This safe space helps me thrive academically and personally and I would not be where I am without them. 

Maria Lopez-Neri, Animal Science major

Angela Mendez

Business Major | Human Resource Management 
Psychology Minor

As a first-generation Latinx female, I did not know what to expect going into a predominantly white institution. I feared that I would not find my place in San Luis Obispo, but with the help of amazing cultural organizations on campus, that fear vanished. I am the Director of Social Affairs for the Latinx Business Student Association and I can proudly say that they are my home away from home. Being able to connect with students with similar backgrounds, is what I love most about these organizations at Cal Poly. 

Angela Mendez