Pride House

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Pride House Mentoring

Pride House is a collaborative peer mentorship program for first-year undergraduate students facilitated through the SDSU Pride Center. Pride House is designed to foster community, enhance education, and support matriculation for 2SLGBTQIA+ students in collaboration with LGBTQ+ Studies and Housing and Residential Education.

Alongside peer-to-peer mentorship, students take a weekly 1-credit seminar course exploring various 2SLGBTQIA+ topics to promote and encourage self-exploration. The discussion-based course strives to place student experiences and identities in the context of queer social justice movements in the United States and beyond.

  • Individualized peer-support from an undergraduate Pride House Mentor through biweekly one-to-one meetings
  • Coordinated Care Advising from The Pride Center Faculty Scholar
  • Curriculum designed around college success strategies for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals
  • Access to equity-minded leadership and professional development throughout the year
  • Community bonding events and affirming spaces in The Pride Center, around campus, and throughout San Diego
  • Leadership: students will identify their own leadership style and cultural strengths. They will explain how these values are relevant to the vision they have for the lives they would like to live and the communities they would like to create and strengthen.
  • Academic Success Strategies: students will explain how they have implemented six academic success skills (reading comprehension, note-taking, activity management, academic honesty, credible source identification, and test preparation) into day-to-day SDSU living.
  • University Engagement: students will describe how they are engaging academically, socially, and responsibly with the SDSU community and its resources (e.g. academic advisors, peer mentors, Writing Center, Math Center, Calpulli, Health Promotions, etc.).
  • Well-Being: students will identify well-being strategies that can reduce the natural stress and anxiety that emerges during transitions and when learning new strategies in a new learning environment.
  • Social Justice Consciousness: students will develop positive social identities based on their membership in multiple groups in society. They will recognize that people’s multiple identities interact and create unique and complex individuals. Students will recognize that power and privilege influence relationships on interpersonal, intergroup, and institutional levels, and consider how they have been affected by those dynamics. Students will recognize their own responsibility to be change makers and stand up to exclusion, prejudice, and injustice.
  • 2SLGBTQIA+ responsive professional and personal development support from faculty and staff who uphold intersectional social justice practices
  • Access to professors and staff who provide Coordinated Care Advising
  • Learn about and be connected to college resources, including career development, study abroad, scholarship and grant writing, and internships
  • Access to college navigation strategies tailored to a student's college path
  • Personalized peer support from a mentor through biweekly one-to-one meetings
  • Community engagement and building in the form of academic, politically conscious, and cultural events
  • Potential pathway to working and being in community in The Pride Center through specialized programs and events
  • Courses focused on enhancing writing, reading, and overall academic proficiency

Housing and residential education

The Pride House community creates a safe and affirming environment for those within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. All sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome in the Pride House community. Information on gender-inclusive housing and lived names can be found on the "Gender-Inclusive Housing" and "Lived Names" sections on Housing and Residential Education's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpages.

LGBTQ+ Studies

For students interested in furthering their academic studies around the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, the LGBTQ+ Studies department offers programs for undergraduate and graduate students through an LGBTQ+ Studies major, minor, and graduate certificate.