Affinity & Support Groups

We recognize that community is important and as such we work with a number of campus and community partners to ensure that our students have access to a number of affinity and support groups to explore their identities, connect, and address particular issues they face on a daily basis.  These spaces change based on the need and demand that arises in our community and the community volunteers we have to run these spaces.  Continue to check back to see new offerings and how to connect with groups. 

Note: Please do not attend these affinity and support groups for classroom projects and/or assignments.  This practice may cause harm to members of our community.  If you are interested in connecting with members of these groups, please reach out directly to the facilitator or one of our professional staff who can refer you to an appropriate space.

Affinity Groups are being revised for Fall 2021. 

AROspACE Dialogues

AROspACE Dialogues

Weekly, Thursdays on Instagram Live / Zoom

Sponsored by the LGBTQ Campus Life (PRIDE). ArospAce is a space for anyone on the asexual and/or aromantic spectrums, as well as questioning folks. ArospAce meets biweekly on Zoom to have discussions around identity and community. To learn more, check out our Instagram @calpolypridecenter or reach out to Abigail Wilkins at abwilkin@calpoly.edu!  Connect via: https://tinyurl.com/cpArospAce

F*ck Eating Disorders - An LGBTQIA+ Body Image & Disordered Eating Support Group

FED: LGBTQ Eating Disorder Group

1st, 3rd, and 5th, Wednesdays 7PM

Sponsored by the Gala Pride & Diversity Center, the FED Eating Disorder Group meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays.  FED stands for F*ck Eating Disorders. We are a pro-recovery group and offer space for those who need peer support, at all stages of ED recovery. We understand that recovery is not linear, and judgment-free support is crucial. Come join us to listen, share, and be part of a community building each other up. Follow us on Instagram and please fill out this Support Group Form to receive the meeting link.

 821-9929-3440 Because we are all gems.

Jewels: A LGBTQ+ Hangout

Weekly, Fridays 7PM 

Santa Maria House of Pride and Equality sponsors a Zoom meeting every Friday at 7:00pm for all LGBTQ+ identifying individuals. “Our goal is to provide a safe space for our community to unwind enjoy each other's company! We hope to see you there!” - Meeting ID 821-9929-3440

LGBTQ Alcoholics Anon

LGBTQ+ AA Group

Weekly, Sundays 7pm-8pm 

Sponsored by the Gala Pride & Diversity Center.   During COVID-19 closures, the AA Rap Group meeting is on Zoom with meeting ID  206 301 937.  A password is required. To receive the password email aarapgroup@gmail.com and someone will send it along.

Men of Color Dialogue

Men of Color Dialogue

Biweekly Virtual Dialogue

Sponsored by Men & Masculinities. The Men of Color Dialogue is a dedicated virtual space for men and masculine-identified students of color to connect, create community, and participate in our collective growth as men of color. Our meetings include conversations on topics that impact our identities in hopes of forming a tight-knit and supportive community. See the M&M Calendar for meeting times and links.

Men's Group Dialogue - a bi-weekly recorded discussion

Masculinities Group Dialogue

Biweekly Virtual Dialogue

The Masculinities Group Dialogue is a reflective space for M&M staff members to talk about our work, identities, and all things related to healthy and inclusive masculinities. To view the latest episodes, click HERE.

Pride Career Mentoring Program

PRIDE Career Mentoring Group

Online Forum Group

This group connects LGBTQIA+ mentors and mentees within the Cal Poly community and allows members to learn from each other and make connections.

Please note before requesting access to join that your identity will be visible to other group members, once admitted to this group. There is no screening process for admitting group members, but all members must be Cal Poly students, staff, faculty, or alumni.  Visit tiny.cc/PrideCM

Q Chat Space - Online Forums

Q Chat Space for Queer Youth

Online Discussion Groups

Sponsored by the Centerlink Network of LGBTQ Resource Centers.  Q Chat Space is dedicated and facilitated online space to discuss topics relevant to your identities and experiences.  It is live and chat-based, no video or audio.  Everyone is chatting during the same pre-scheduled time.  You are free to share as much or as little as you'd like.

Q Youth

Q Youth

Online Weekly, Thursday 21st 6:30pm-8pm

Sponsored by the Gala Pride & Diversity Center. Q Youth is a space for youth to meet other young people in the LGBTQ community and have a voice in what the group will look like in the future. Zoom Meeting ID:859 5990 9757 PW:YouthPride

RISE- LGBTQ SURVIVOR SUPPORT

LGBTQ+ Survivor Support Group

Online WEEKLY (12-Weeks)

Sponsored by RISE. ISE’s Therapy Department invites you to participate in our new therapy group for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ+ community.

If you or someone you know are interested, Call RISE at 805-226-5400 to speak with an advocate to complete a Counseling Interest Form. Questions can be directed to Allison Parker the Clinical Coordinator at mailto:aparker@riseslo.org or 805-226-5400x320

STAND OUT PARENT GROUP

Stand Out LGBTQ+ Parent Support

BiWeekly, Tuesdays 7pm-9pm

Sponsored by the Gala Pride & Diversity Center. Stand Out is a California Central Coast peer group, providing a safe and confidential space, without judgment. We supply support and information for parents and families of LGBTQ+ identified youth, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof. We believe in meeting people where they are at and will help you navigate your journey of acceptance.  Click here for Meeting Link Meeting ID: 834 1165 6650, Passcode: LoveIsLove

Students With Solutions

Students with Solutions 

Weekly, WEDNESdays 6pm-7pm

Sponsored by Campus Health & Wellbeing & LGBTQ Campus Life. Students with Solutions is an LGBTQ+ centered weekly recovery meeting for students interested in recovery.  This is a great space for those curious or questioning substance use or other addictive behaviors with a focus on improving mental health.  Open to any student interested in recovery, allies, and those who have been affected by addiction in any form.  Zoom Meeting ID: 984 2797 7566

Trans People of Color Dialogue

Transgender People of Color Dialogues

BIWeekly, FRIdays 5pm

Sponsored by Men & Masculinities. This dialogue is a closed space for folx of color who identify with or are exploring identities that fall under the trans umbrella. To register, please go to tinyurl.com/y29tpx34 When you're registering it will have a different name for safety. We'll also be using an auto-captioning service for those who can't have their sound on! See the M&M Calendar for meeting times and links.

Tranz Central Coast

Online Transgender Support Group

Weekly, Tuesdays 7pm-9pm

Sponsored by Tranz Central Coast and the Gala Pride & Diversity Center. Fill out this Support Group Form or send a note to email@galacc.org to receive the online meeting link and password.

Therapist Led Support Group

Therapist Led Transgender Support Group

Coming january 2021

Sponsored by the Gala Pride & Diversity Center.  A new support group for transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people.  Complete the Interest Form to receive a 15-minute intake call with Rocio.

Quarantine Queers Group

Quarantine Queers Virtual Hang Out

Weekly, Thursdays 8pm on Zoom

Sponsored by LGBTQ Campus Life (PRIDE). Join us for our weekly Hang Out Space through Zoom!  This space is open to all queer and questioning people. For questions and/or accessibility accommodations email lobrian@calpoly.edu or vkilborn@calpoly.edu.  Zoom Meeting ID: 819 0494 1202

Umbrella Affinity Group

Umbrella Dialogues & Support

Weekly, Fridays 12pm on Instagram Live / Zoom

Sponsored by LGBTQ Campus Life (PRIDE) and Gender Equity Center. Join us for our weekly Umbrella events through Instagram Live and Zoom!  This space is aimed to support transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and gender questioning individuals. If you are interested in partnering or collaborating, reach out to Abigail Wilkins at abwilkin@calpoly.edu.

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