We are always excited to welcome new mustangs to the Cal Poly community during WOW. Each year, we coordinate across LGBTQ Campus Life and our sister centers in Student Diversity & Belonging to host a number of welcome events for students to learn more about community spaces, affiliated organizations, and ways to get involved.
October is LGBTQ History Month and throughout the whole month, we uplift the heritage of the queer and trans pioneers throughout history. If it wasn't for their resilence, many of the rights we enjoy today would not be possible. We also recognize OUT Week, a time in which we honor the coming out process and what it has meant to so many people. We share oral histories and our own stories that make up our own unique Queerstory.
In Winter, we focus on advancing Queer and Trans leadership on the issues that matter. We educate, advocate, and appreciate all the students, faculty, and staff who lead the issues of liberation at Cal Poly. We present our annual "State of PRIDE" and host a version of our QT Leadership Summit.
Central Coast PRIDE is not only a celebration, but a PROTEST. We work closely with our community organizations and nonprofits to host a number of events for our central coast community. Some of the most popular have been Drag Shows and PRIDE Prom. This year, Central Coast Pride will be held virtually. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee for CCP, please reach out to us as soon as possible as the committee will be formed in October.
Each year LGBTQ Campus Life recognizes and celebrates the achievements of graduating LGBTQ and ally students. Lavender Commencement is an opportunity for family, friends, faculty, and staff to recognize and celebrate the achievements of our graduates. It is also a time for the graduates to acknowledge family, friends, faculty, and staff who have supported them through their long journey in search of knowledge and higher learning. More information about Lavender Commencement will be shared later in the academic year.