Welcome To The Pride Center!

Our Mission

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. We empower and retain LGBTQIAP and allied communities on campus by cultivating a culture of care and providing a welcoming and inclusive spaces for all members of campus to explore issues related to sexual and gender identity. Through education, engagement, and collaboration with staff, faculty, and students across Cal Poly, the Pride Center contributes to the University's commitment to diversity and a more inclusive and welcoming campus.

Coming Soon! Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty

The Disability Resource Center and The Pride Center are pleased to invite you to join us in welcoming Sins Invalid to campus. This multi-day event celebrates the intersections of race, disability, and queerness, and builds awareness on how we can make our communities and our campus a more socially just place. 


Film Screening & Discussion with Director Patricia Berne
6:00 - 7:30 PM @ The PAC Pavilion


Please join us for a film screening and Skype discussion with Sins Invalid Director, Patricia Berne and one of the Sins Invalid performers. Sins Invalid is a documentary about a performance project that celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer/gender-variant artists. Since 2006, its performances have explored sexuality, beauty, and the disabled body. Sins Invalid is an entryway into the taboo topic of sexuality and disability, manifesting a new paradigm - disability justice. 
About Patricia: Patricia Berne is a Director of the film and is the Co-Founder of the Sins Invalid performance project. A first time filmmaker, Berne's experiences as a Japanese-Haitian queer disabled woman provides grounding for her work creating "liberated zones" for marginalized voices. 

*Come early to learn more about resources across campus. Light refreshments will be served. 

**If you are interested in sending students to this event for a class, Sins Invalid offers introductory readings and a study guide for use. Please contact Appy Frykenburg, Pride Center Coordinator, for more information.


2 Workshops with Sins Invalid's Stacey Milbern


Sins Invalid will be hosting 2 workshops on Friday, Nov 11th starting at 10:30 AM. From folks curious to learn more, to those deeply invested in social justice - this series provides something for everyone! Each workshop offers a framework for better understanding the experiences of disabled people, and creating more inclusion on campus and in our greater communities, with increasing depth of engagement throughout the day. Please read below to find out more about each workshop. 

Space is limited. Please RSVP for one or both workshops to pride@calpoly.edu


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM in Classroom E3, BLD 52 

Often when talking about people with disabilities we focus on medical intervention and physical access. Join us for a workshop to learn foundational knowledge to create social access and inclusion.


12:00 - 1:00 PM @ The Center for Service in Action

All are welcome. When you RSVP to the workshops, please indicate your interest in joining us for lunch so that we can get a sense of the numbers.


1:00 - 4:00 PM in the Classroom E3, BLD 52

We all have some relationship to what is considered the "normal" or the "non-normative" body, and it's likely a relationship laced with assumptions, judgment, and unacknowledged power and privilege. In this session, we will look at the dominant political framing of disability, examine its relationship to gender based oppression and racial oppression, and explore a counter-narrative where all bodies and communities are valued. The goal of this workshop is to support participants in their commitment to an intersectional political analysis that centralizes people of color and integrates disability oppression as a component of a justice based analysis of current conditions.
A warm thank you to our campus sponsors in The Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity, Connections for Academic Success, and The Dean of Students Office. 

The Pride Center Is Here for You!

Pride Center staffers are busy each quarter putting on fantastic events and programs, collaborating with different organizations across campus, and making the Pride Center the welcoming environment it is today. Whether you identify as LGBTQIAP or are allied to these communities, we are here to provide support, share resources, promote leadership, and help you to connect with communities that embrace diversity of sexual and gender identities and expressions.

We are also part of the larger Cross Cultural Centers, and contribute regularly to larger collaborations and intersectional approaches to inclusion across campus. Check out the calendar below to learn more about upcoming services and events!

Calendar of Events

Contact Information

Find us on:
  Phone: 805-756-7733
  Email: pride@calpoly.edu
     The Pride Center
     1 Grand Avenue
Building 65 University Union, Room 209 (Campus Map)
     California Polytechnic State University
     San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

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