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PRISM Mission Statement


PRISM aims to empower LGBTQ+ students, both as mentors and mentees, to develop a strong sense of identities, navigate college life, and connect with the queer and trans communities. Through one-on-one interactions, mentors support and guide mentees through academic, social, and personal development and provide community and connection for mentees. Mentors serve as role models, active listeners, resource providers, and community connections to mentees. PRISM aims to foster community so that no student is alone in their identity development or college experience.

Program Goals

  • Making connections and friendships with other LGBTQ+ students at Cal Poly
  • Developing one’s identities including moving towards self-love, understanding, and acceptance
  • Navigating the process of coming out to friends, peers, family, communities, etc.
  • Accessing academic, social, and personal health, and wellbeing resources
  • Understanding the intersections and interplays of race, ethnicity, dis/ability, class, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and more.
  • Increasing knowledge of mental health, dating and sexual violence, substance use/abuse, and their existing support systems
  • Establishing healthy and proactive academic skills including goal-setting, time management, and study skills


About the Program

PRISM acknowledges the unique academic, personal, and social experiences of LGBTQ+ students. Adjusting to college life, coming out, navigating a/sexual and a/gender identities, and connecting with the queer and trans communities can be challenging experiences. PRISM aims to provide guidance and connection for LGBTQ+ students exploring this spectrum of experiences.

Mentees are connected to a mentor with whom they can relate, providing an opportunity to socialize, explore identity, and discover resources. As a mentee, your mentor will help provide you with a sense of belonging. You are not alone.

Mentors receive training covering topics such as coming out, intersectionality, dating and sexual violence, substance use/abuse, and academic resources.

Application Process

COMING SOON for Fall 2019

Additional Resources

PRISM Mentoring is just one of several programs available to you as a student. If you are looking for something a little more in depth or are in need of immediate support, please know that these valuable resources are also available to you. 

Cal Poly Counseling Services 

Free and confidential counseling service available to all currently enrolled students 
      Office: Building 27, Room 136 
      Phone: 805-756-2511 

SLO Hotline 

Free and confidential suicide prevention and mental health crisis line 
      Phone: 800-783-0607 

Trevor Lifeline 

Free and confidential crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24 
      Phone: 866-488-7386 

Ayuda en Español 

Para hablar con alguien en español por favor llame 877-SUICIDA (877-784-2432). 

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