At Chico—a place for everyone

Behind the fun is also the intentionality of building relationships—building trust among students is inherent in everything we do.

“I was a really quiet freshman,” says Bianka Perez. “I wasn’t sure how to fit in and where my place was.” And the Hollister, California, native was completely homesick. 

But soon Perez, now a senior liberal studies major who hopes to become a teacher, found the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center (CCLC), which, since 2007, has aimed to create an environment where all students feel welcomed. She began going to the center every day, just to hang out on the couches and do homework.

Gradually, she realized that she had become part of a community. “If someone at the CCLC doesn’t know you, they are very outgoing and will ask you who you are,” she says. “People would introduce me to a couple of their friends, and little by little I would be engaged in conversations or workshops.” 

“It’s hard to walk into the CCLC and be a stranger for a long time,” agrees CSU, Chico Chief Diversity Officer Tracy Butts. “Anyone who has walked into the CCLC has gotten that reaction—suddenly, you know people.”

And there is a place for everyone here, says Amy Hormann, CCLC program coordinator. “We don’t just put on fun events; behind that fun is also the intentionality of building relationships—building trust among students is inherent in everything we do.” 

Hormann adds that the CCLC is one of many efforts to foster a vibrant, inclusive campus. The Office of Diversity website has more information on plans, programs, and centers dedicated to increasing diversity at Chico State.

The CCLC isn’t the only home away from home on campus. Students are welcomed at the many centers and programs at CSU, Chico, from the Student Veteran Center to the Gender and Sexuality Equity Center. Other students have made friends and discovered new interests through volunteer organizations like CAVE, in student government, or as members of student clubs—whoever you are, there is a place for you at CSU, Chico.

Read more about the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center in Chico Statements.

Bianka Perez (at the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center’s 2011 winter retreat) has found friends—and fun—through the CCLC.
Bianka Perez (at the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center’s 2011 winter retreat) has found friends—and fun—through the CCLC.