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LGBTQ+ Student Resource Guide

Academic Support

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.

Learn more about Student Academic Services

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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. 

WGQS Department

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

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.

Center for Leadership

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.

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. 

Pride Center

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. 

Learn more about the Pride Center

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Affinity and Support Groups

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. 

Campus Clubs

With more than 400 clubs on campus, there are lots of opportunities for you to find your community and explore your interests. 

Community Organizations

There are many local and national community organizations and nonprofits that offer events, activities, resources and support.

Georgia Alley

Architecture Major | Studio Art Minor

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!

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