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Multicultural Business Program


Cal Poly Multicultural Business Program logoAbout the Multicultural Business Program

The Multicultural Business Program (MBP) is a new and exciting initiative within the Orfalea College of Business to provide personal and academic support for underserved and underrepresented minority students in business which include Black/African-American, Native-American/ American Indian, Hispanic/Latinx/Chicanx, Asian, LGBTQ+, First Generation, Undocumented and allies. MBP is a diverse and inclusive community for students by students and with professional support are connected to resources and develop supportive relationships with their peers.

Specialized Student Orientation & College Success Course

This small but diverse cohort of students are supported through a peer assisted learning model. A Peer Assisted Learning Supporter (PALS) is assigned to a team of five students and together they engage in group activities that help students to complete a four-year graduation plan, a resume and weekly reflective journals.

Multicultural Business Program Peer Instructors

Individualized Coaching

During their first quarter, students participate in a 45-minute coaching appointment to explore strengths, discuss challenges, set goals and begin an advising relationship with Orfalea Student Services.

Industry Connections

Industry Tours connect students with corporate partners who value diversity and in their first quarter visit a firm to experience a day in the life of industry professional. Some industry partners include EY, PwC and KPMG.

Academic Support

Students can request individual tutoring by appointment for challenging courses related for relevant major and support courses.

A Cal Poly Multicultural Business Program class

Social Events & Activities

Sharing a meal is crucial to building community and our students break bread every class during Fall Quarter. Lunch discussions allow students to connect with their peers, discuss class topics and get their questions answered.

Leadership Development

After the first year of participating in the program, students can apply to become a PALS for MBP the following year. This an excellent volunteer leadership opportunity for student to hone their teamwork, coaching and communication skills.


The Cal Poly’s Multicultural Business Program succeeds thanks to the generous sponsorship of our partner organizations, including:

  • PwC
  • EY
  • KPMGCal Poly Multicultural Business program Feel Good Friday

 Feel Good Fridays

In winter and spring, our students meet for Feel Good Fridays, two hours twice a month. These events strive to engage MBP students with exclusive opportunities and connect them with industry partners.

The first Feel Good Friday will happen Friday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. in 03-104. The session, sponsored by KPMG, will be titled “Conquering the Career Fair,” and help students adopt strategies to network with recruiters at the upcoming Cal Poly Career Fair.


For questions about the Multicultural Business Program, contact Orfalea Student Services at 805-756-5356 or


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