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Pride Center: Mission, Vision, and Values

Pride Center

Welcome to the Cal Poly Pride Center!

The Pride Center is one of our four cultural and community centers housed under the umbrella of the Cross Cultural Centers. The Pride Center serves students, faculty, and staff of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, queer, transgender, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender non-conforming, non-binary,agender, intersex and questioning students and their allies. We strive to increase the California Polytechnic State University campus community’s understanding of diversity by working collaboratively to raise awareness, promote respect, and create a culture of equity, inclusion and social justice.

Our team is busy each quarter putting on fantastic events and programs, consulting and collaborating with different organizations on and off campus, and creating welcoming spaces for our community. We are here to provide support, share resources, promote leadership and learning opportunities, and help you to connect with a vast array of communities that embrace the diversity of sexual and gender identities and expressions. 

Our Mission

The mission of the Pride Center within the Cross Cultural Centers is to be a diverse, open and public touchstone for all members of the California Polytechnic State University community to explore issues of sexual and gender identities, practices, and politics.  We cultivate student leadership, build workplace equity, promote academic excellence through Learn By Doing opportunities, and provide a variety of community resources.

The Pride Center educates, advocates, and supports individuals of all genders and sexualities by providing intentional and intersectional learning opportunities through critical dialogue and community building on-and-off campus.  The Pride Center sustains and develops visibility, a sense of community, and knowledge of our diverse and queer culture.

Our Vision

The vision of the Pride Center is to be a central partner in creating a community of inclusive excellence here at Cal Poly.

  • Reflect the diversity of our communities
  • Engage across differences through critical thinking, dialogue, and signature events
  • Connect, retain, and sustain students, staff, faculty, and alumni
  • Promote accessibility to all aspects of campus life
  • Practice holistic wellness through community solidarity

Our Values

As a beloved community, we value:

  • Radical Inclusion & Hospitality
  • Respect, Dignity, and Worth of all members of our community
  • Intersectionality with emphasis on racial, economic, and environmental justice.

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