Area & Campus Resources
Pride Center Resources
The Pride Center supports and advocates for the unique academic and social needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, and pansexual (LGBTQIAP) students to promote personal growth and success by cultivating a culture of care and providing welcoming and inclusive spaces. Some of the reoccurring events and resources they offer include the following:
Cross Cultural Centers Newsletter: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/i/3964ECFE0CA57077
PRISM (Peer Resources in Student Mentoring):
Offers one on one support both online and in person for Cal Poly students who identify as LGBTQIAP, who are questioning, or who may have LGBTQIAP friends, roommates, or family members and want to be an ally to these communities.
Office: University Union (Building 65), Room 209
A safe space for queer and trans people of color. Part social space - part facilitated dialogue, participants explore topics of identity, how QTPOC students build community and find connections on campus, and other themes important to the group.
Umbrella: Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Dialogues:
A safe space for anyone who falls under the trans umbrella (including, but not limited to, transgender, nonbinary, demigender, agender, genderfluid, genderqueer).
A safe and inclusive environment for queer-identified students to discuss experiences and issues within the LGBTQIAP communities.
Queer Women Thursdays:
A fun and welcoming community where self-identified lesbian, bi, pan, ace, trans, and queer women come together and discuss the important, fun and spontaneous topics that are a part of their experience, as well as support each other in navigating Cal Poly as queer women.
April is Pride Month, a month-long celebration of our LGBTQIAP community. Pride month is a once-a-year opportunity for LGBTQIAP individuals to enjoy visibility and support from a wide community, while celebrating our allies and promoting awareness about issues surrounding the diverse intersections of queer identity.
This annual celebration recognizes the scholarship and community contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual and allied graduating seniors and graduate students. Regardless of your involvement with the Pride Center during your time at Cal Poly, students are invited to join us for our LGBTQIAP Graduation Celebration! For more information about participating as a Lavender Graduate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Campus Resources
Queer Student Union
Through activism, the Queer Student Union seeks to improve Cal Poly's Queer culture through policy implementation, demonstration, and social change.
Queer Trans People of Color (QTPOC)
QTPOC Club is created by and for queer identified and/or trans identified people of color. It serves as a space for socializing, networking, and community development. The club engages in team building activities and social events including movie nights, hikes, and off-campus thrift shopping. QTPOC also participates in annual events such as PolyCultural Weekend and Across the Spectrum.
Sprinkle: An Undergraduate Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies
A queer-positive collection of student works that draws attention to queer history as well as other issues of gender and sexuality, subjects not often addressed within classroom curricula.
More Information: http://wgs.calpoly.edu/newsletter-2016/sprinkle
Triota is the feminist activism community and WGS Honor Society at Cal Poly SLO. It is a safe space for expressing feminism in all of its various styles.
Gender Equity Center
The Gender Equity Center (GEC) supports and empowers all women identifying students by creating a strong community and offering a safe and comfortable space. With a focus on educating about feminist, womanist, and mujerista based movements, exploring identities through an intersectional lens, and striving for social justice the GEC offers programming and support for all women identified students.
Office: Building 65, Room 217
Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity
Responsible for University-wide initiatives to foster inclusion for faculty, staff, and students
Office: Administration (Building 1), Room 315
Confidential and impartial assistance in resolving any university-related concerns or complaints
Office: Kennedy Library (Building 35), Room 113
Free and confidential counseling service available to all currently enrolled students
Office: Building 27, Room 136
Career Services provides services to all members of the Mustang family. They openly engage all of those who are a part of our community and the diversity represented. They encourage students to explore how organizations value attracting diverse students in order to build an inclusive culture with diverse perspectives.
Office: Building 124, Room 114
More Information: http://www.careerservices.calpoly.edu/explore-services/resource-toolkit/diversity-resources
- HRC - Workplace Links
- Financial Aid for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Students
- International Gay & Lesbian Human Right Commission
- NOGLSTP National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals
- Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
- Out and Equal
- Pro Gay Jobs the alternative job search engine, requires registration
- Employment Benefit Rights
Gender Inclusive Housing
Gender-inclusive housing is an option in which two or more students share a room or apartment regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, identity, or expression. Gender-inclusive housing is one of the ways University Housing supports students who identify as transgender, genderqueer, or gender questioning (TGQQ). Offering this option continues our efforts to create accepting and comfortable communities for all students living within University Housing.
More information: http://www.housing.calpoly.edu/gender-inclusive-housing
All Gender/Single Occupancy Bathrooms
More information: https://culture.calpoly.edu/neutralbathroom
Self-Reporting in Student Center
All Cal Poly students have the option to voluntarily self-identify and update their sexual orientation and gender identity through the Cal Poly portal. Providing students with the option to self-identify their sexual orientation and gender identity supports the university’s priorities of creating an inclusive and welcoming campus environment across the California State University system.
More information: https://culture.calpoly.edu/idefineme
The Queer Crowd
The Queer Crowd supports, encourages and facilitates a more diverse and inclusive new form of community on the Central Coast of California. The group is dedicated to enriching the lives of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans folk, and queer folk through fostering a stronger and more visible sense of queer community in San Luis Obispo.
SLO Lez Mix
A community group for lesbian, bisexual, trans*, and queer women in SLO County. SLO LEZ MIX gathers as a social group every 3rd Friday of the Month at the GALA Center of the Central Coast. Start time is 6:30 pm. Each month has a different theme.
5 Cities Hope
A place for Five Cities LGBTQ and allies to connect. Events are planned for attendees of all ages throughout the 5 cities and the group advocates for diversity in the community.
House of Pride & Equality (HOPE)
A place for Santa Maria's LGBTQIA, TS, Latinx+ Community. Este espacio es para la comunidad de Santa Maria que se identifica lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans.
SLOQueerdos is dedicated to bringing the Central Coast queer community closer together.
Fusion is a local group that provides a safe, social, and positive group for men ages 18-29
An on campus biweekly meet up for (but not limited to) asexual-spectrum questioning and identified students and their allies. Meetings alternate between socials and discussions of ace-related challenges.
Cal Poly BOPEA
An on campus biweekly meet up for (but not limited to) bi, pan, and omni identified students and their allies. Meetings alternate between socials and discussions.
BOPEA San Luis Obispo
Support and social group for Bi, Omni, Pan, Et cetera, and Allies
Q Youth Group
Safe, fun environment for LGBTQIA youth ages 13-20 to interact and learn with peers
Location: 1060 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
GALA (Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Central Coast)
An incorporated non-profit committed to ensuring a healthy and vibrant network of GLBT social gathering groups, events, business resources, and educational services
Location: 1060 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Central Coast Pride
Organized and supported by GALA Central Coast. A week dedicated to celebrating queer lives on the Central coast, educating the public, and demonstrating diversity and pride.
The Center for Health and Prevention
Free, friendly, and confidential reproductive health services
Location: 705 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Transitions-Mental Health Association
A non-profit organization serving San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara Counties dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and family support services.
Location: 784 High Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Free and confidential suicide prevention and mental health crisis line
Free support services for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence
Location: 51 Zaca Lane, Suite 140, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Free and confidential crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24
Community Counseling Center
Community Counseling Center (CCC) is a non-profit, preventative care provider of premium, affordable psychotherapy for the economically disadvantaged and under-insured residents of the Central Coast. There are locations in SLO, Paso Robles, Grover Beach, and Santa Maria.
Location: 1129 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone (SLO Location): 805-543-7969
Health care provider that offers services such as birth control, HIV testing, men and women’s health care, STD/STI testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, abortion services, and more.
Location: 743 Pismo Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Due to social stigma, discrimination, and other challenges that individuals in the LGBTQ community face, there is an increased risk of mental health and substance abuse challenges. As we both know, addiction is a 365 day a year disease that affects many LGBTQ individuals. This is why we have created free resources that specifically aim to bring awareness of these issues and offer help:
- Drug Abuse in the LGBTQ Community discusses the reasons for addiction, LGBTQ-specific treatment, and how to get help.
- How Does LGBTQ Addiction Treatment Differ from Straight Treatment? Looks at the differences in treatment and provides an LGBTQ addiction treatment overview.
- Your Guide to LGBTQIAPK Addiction Treatment gives information on what LGBTQIAPK means, substance abuse & addiction statistics, and LGBTQIAPK addiction treatment.
Our organization also hosts free virtual support and online addiction meetings that many LGBTQ individuals use to help support their recovery.
Social Work Degree Guide
Our LGBTQIA+ community faces more obstacles than their counterparts, but despite higher rates of workplace discrimination, they have found a way to prosper. The social work core values encompass everything from integrity, to individual dignity, and compassionate service to the social justice of human relationships.
Our team at SocialWorkDegreeGuide.com created a social work core value guide that has characteristics matching your audience and wanted to share it as a supplemental resource for your site.
View our guide here:
Our resource is available for students nationwide, who may want to help change the world from the inside but we need your help reaching them!