Learn by Doing defines Cal Poly academics. There are a wide range of academic support services such as tutoring, advising, presentation and essay help, and more to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities and resources.
Student Academic Services
Student Academic Services (SAS) provides services to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities and resources to achieve academic success and graduation. Through SAS, you can utilize a network of services including academic advising and tutoring, as well as programs such as Cal Poly Scholars, the Education Opportunity Program and more.
Coursework and Publications
sprinkle is an undergraduate journal that empowers the voices in women's, gender & queer studies. The journal provides academic publishing experience to students who are emerging writers, artists and activists.
The Women’s, Gender & Queer Studies (WGQS) department provides coursework and co-curricular opportunities and programming focused on anti-racist feminist and queer scholarship and activism.
Career and Professional Development
Resources, training and advice are available to help you reach your professional goals. Our campus organizations offer career advising and exploration, job and internship placement, career fairs, professional development, mentorship opportunities, mock interviews, resume review and more.
Career Services contains resources that can assist you in finding jobs and internships as well as offers career counseling, interview and resume help and more.
The Center for Leadership can help you develop the intellectual, professional and civic skills necessary to become a socially engaged leader.
The Pride Faculty Staff Association amplifies the voices and experiences of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions and advocates for a safe and inclusive environment for all.
When I started at Cal Poly as a first year just coming to terms with their gender identity, I wasn’t sure if I’d find others like me. I found my people in the most unexpected places - Cal Poly Rose Float and its LGBTQ+ participants and team members led me to find lifelong friends and supporters. The people I met there and in the campus organization Poly Reps truly affirmed my identity in ways I had not yet experienced. Now as a proudly non-binary queer person, I use my position as a campus ambassador to reach out to prospective students like me and make sure that they find the communities and resources they need to thrive here on campus.
Clubs and Community
There are a variety of places, groups and organizations on our campus and throughout San Luis Obispo that provide a supportive environment for you to connect and build your community.
The Cal Poly Pride Center, one of the centers ran by Student Diversity and Belonging, oversees LGBTQ Campus Life. The Pride Center offers a variety of programs and services, events, education opportunities and resources that support and empower people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
We work with campus and community partners to create affinity and support groups to help you explore your identity, connect with others and address issues you may face on a daily basis.
With more than 400 clubs on campus, there are lots of opportunities for you to find your community and explore your interests.
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Being a part of the Pride Center’s Queer and Trans Council has not only given me the opportunity to speak for fellow LGBTQ+ folks on campus, but has made me feel supported by my community. Having the opportunity to take on a leadership position in a queer organization has made me feel so much more comfortable with who I am!
Pride and Events
Our campus groups, clubs and other community and campus organizations create a rich environment of annual and seasonal events that celebrate and educate the campus community on LGBTQ+ issues and history.