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Newer Cal Poly students will be paired 1:1 with a continuing DRC student, and will meet throughout each quarter. Mentors will share campus resources, encourage personal and academic growth, and connect with their mentees. Mentors will empower students in the area of self-advocacy and help foster a sense of belonging at Cal Poly. Mentors and mentees will have opportunities to attend DRC hosted workshops and discussions as well as social events.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to create a supportive and inclusive college community where students with disabilities will connect with more experienced students to help guide them in navigating the social and academic aspects of college as well as the Cal Poly campus. Through mentorship, empowerment, and collaboration, the program aims to break down barriers, foster equality, and establish a safe environment where all students can succeed and contribute to a more inclusive society.

Application Information


To apply: Fill out a Mentor Interest form

Become a Mentor:

  • We are looking for mentors who are empathetic, knowledgeable, and committed to promoting a welcoming and inclusive environment. Your dedication and guidance will make a meaningful impact on the life of your mentee. Training will be provided on topics including disability awareness, mentoring techniques, and Cal Poly resources. Mentors will receive volunteer hours for their time, as well as leadership and communication experience.

Mentors are specially trained on the concepts of:

  • Leadership 
  • Communication
  • Active Listening 
  • Collaborative Learning 
  • Fostering Self-Advocacy
  • Goal Setting and Planning 
  • Inclusivity and Community 


To apply, fill out a Mentee Interest form

Become a Mentee:

  • By signing up to be a mentee, you will have access to tailored support and guidance from an experienced Cal Poly student. Our mentors understand the challenges of going through college with a disability and are committed to helping you navigate them. Participating in the program gives you the opportunity to connect with other mentees and mentors who share similar experiences. You'll become part of a network that values diversity, fosters inclusion, and celebrates individual strengths.

Mentees will receive support in:

  • Holistic Development
  • Academic Guidance
  • Learning Strategies
  • Goal Setting
  • Campus Resources
  • Disability Empowerment and Advocacy





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Location: Bldg 124 (Student Services, across from Spanos Stadium)
Phone: 805-756-1395
Fax: 805-756-5451
Email: drc@calpoly.edu

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