Pride Center Services and Events

Welcome to the Pride Center! The Pride Center is one of three Cross Cultural Centers (CCC's) at Cal Poly, along with the MultiCultural Center (MCC) and Gender Equity Center (GEC) in the Dean of Students Office. We have amazing events and services all year long. To learn more about what we do check out descriptions of our annual, quarterly, and bi/weekly programs below, or find a calendar with all of the CCCs events and services. We hope you will join us and take advantage of all the Pride Center has to offer!

For more information about our services and events, please contact the Pride Center at, via telephone (805)756-7733, or just come on by the Pride Center in UU 209 to speak with one of our friendly Pride Center staff members.

Note on Facilitated Dialogues 

Most services listed here are designed to support under-represented students at Cal Poly. They aim to create connections and a feeling of family and community on campus. Given the intention of these services is to create a safe-space, these gatherings are not for extra credit purposes or for class participation. 


Pride Month

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. In April, we come together to celebrate pride and advocate for queer and allied college communities (and beyond) with events that range from social, to supportive, to educational, to just plain incredible! Be on the lookout for our Pride Month calendar at the beginning of Spring Quarter!

Lavender Commencement

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



Cross Cultural Centers Social

A quarterly social providing opportunities for students to meet new people, get connected to campus and area resources, and learn more about the upcoming services and events of the Cross Cultural Centers.


PRISM is a peer mentoring resource for Cal Poly students who identify as LGBTQIAP, who are questioning, or who may have LGBTQIAP friends, roommates, or family members and/or want to be an ally to these communities. PRISM socials offer students the opportunity to meet the PRISM Peer Counseling Team in a welcoming and comfortable setting.



Umbrella: Gender Nonconforming Dialogues

An inclusive space for trans, GNC, gender queer, and gender questioning students to discuss issues pertinent to TGNC communities, and share their experiences. Be on the lookout for Umbrella Presentation Parties on our calendar, a unique opportunity to share tricks of the trade in gender expression like hair, hemming, queer life hacks, makeup and more.

Queer Dialogues

A safe and inclusive environment for queer-identified students to discuss experiences and issues within the LGBTQIAP communities. Attendees engage with topics on identities, coming out, navigating campus & community life, and more. Dialogue topics change quarterly and are facilitated by PRISM Peer Counselors and Pride Center Student Assistants. 

QTPOC Dialogues

A space for Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) to come together over food and conversation. 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. This dialogue space is facilitated by QTPOC graduate or undergraduate student facilitators. 

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. QWT empowers queer women to take stronger and more active roles within queer communities and the Pride Center. It also features a quarterly outing off campus for participants.


1:1 Drop-in Hours with the Pride Center Coordinator

Come by UU 217 to speak with Appy, our friendly Pride Center Coordinator, during his weekly drop-in hours. Appy is available to provide confidential guidance and informal counseling regarding coming out, issues related to sexual orientation or gender identity, directions for LGBTQ-related research, taking action in allyship to targeted populations, and navigating queer life at Cal Poly.

Drop in Hours:
Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Thursday 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Or by appointment*

*If you need to schedule an appointment, please email in advance. Our Pride Center Coordinator is willing to come to you; please feel free to propose a location outside of the University Union. 

Calendar of CCC's Events and Services

This is a snapshot of events and services specifically sponsored by the Pride Center, but there are many groups across the CCCs for intersections and identities not listed here. If you do not find a group or event that appeals to you here or you are simply looking for more, please check out the MultiCultural Center and the Gender Equity Center websites.

If you are interested in getting more involved, volunteering, or learning more about any of the following services and events, please contact us

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