Health Services has a wide variety of gender-affirming services, including:
- Age-appropriate cancer screening (gender-affirming PAP testing)
- STI screening
- Hormone therapy (feminizing, masculinizing, coordination of care, and outside referrals)
Each person has a different story and may be at a different stage in their transition. We suggest you make an appointment with one of the Gender-Affirming Care Team clinicians. This allows us to get to know you, review your medical history, and work with you to provide the assistance you need.
If you are considering hormone therapy, we strongly recommend viewing the introduction to hormone therapy videos Masculinizing* or Feminizing* before your medical visit to help you identify topics to discuss with your clinician.
Counseling Services has several therapists who specialize in supporting gender identity exploration and concerns that transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive students commonly experience. Affirming services we offer include:
Counseling Services also provides mental health counseling around a wide range of other concerns including anxiety, depression, disordered eating, trauma, and many other concerns while concurrently providing a gender-affirming space.
Wellbeing Services is housed within Campus Health & Wellbeing and aims to provide inclusive, accessible, and timely services to support student success through a variety of resources. These services include proactive health education promotion, crisis advocacy, basic needs services, and other support to ensure students have the skills, knowledge, and abilities to thrive at Cal Poly.
Specific areas where gender-affirming care is offered include:
Professional Health Educators and Peer Wellness Educators offer individualized trainings based on the needs of the organization or group. Our team of professional Health Educators hold special expertise in gender- and power-based violence, alcohol and other drugs, communications, and more, and are available for consultations and presentations. To request a presentation, fill out this form and we will work with you to ensure that the information is tailored to your needs.
Our Peer Wellness Programs are student-led and aimed to meet the needs of our campus population – from comprehensive sexual health education, to mental health resources, to substance use. Our certified student Peer Health Educators are continually trained on inclusive best practices and are expected to create & maintain a culture of equity.
We offer several specific gender-affirming spaces:
- In partnership with the Pride Center, Mustangs for Recovery hosts weekly LGBTQ+ centered open recovery meetings. All genders and sexualities are welcome; however, these meetings center the experiences of LGBTQ+ folx and their recovery.
- EROS, the sexual health team, presents regularly on the fluidity of gender identity & expression, sexuality, and healthy relationship communication for queer individuals.
Safer is Cal Poly’s primary confidential resource regarding all forms of gender- & power-based violence. We provide survivor support and prevention education, and all services are individualized, trauma-informed, healing-centered, and inclusive of all identities.
- Make an appointment with a confidential Campus Advocate.
- Request a presentation from Safer.
We recognize that self-care, both what it is and the way our society views its application, are inherently influenced by norms, expectations, and social standards. We believe that everyone has a right to practice self-care in such a way that replenishes and refills them, incorporating the nuances of marginalized identities and lived experiences. The following resources speak to self-care and wellness specific to the transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) communities.
- Self-Care Tips for Trans Folx on TDOR and Beyond
- Cooperative Care: Queering Self-Care
- 5 Self-Care Tips to Start Trying Today
Self-identify through your portal
Students have the option to edit their chosen name, pronouns, and gender identity within the student portal. Visit IDefineMe to learn more about voluntarily self-identifying and updating your sexual orientation and gender identity through the Cal Poly portal.
Students can also change their personal information in person at the Registrar office in the Administration Building (Room 211) from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Students must complete the Name, ID, Date of Birth, Address Change form and submit it in-person at the walk-up window. For additional information, please call 805-756-2531.
Visit the MyPronouns website for information on pronouns and commonly used terminology.
- The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity by Rylan Jay Testa, Ph.D.; Deborah Coolhart, Ph.D.; Jayme Peta, M.A.
- You and Your Gender Identity: A Guide to Discovery by Dara Hoffman-Fox
- Trans Bodies, Trans Selves Edited by Laura Erickson-Schrot
- Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman
- Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews
- Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
For Family/Loved Ones
- Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens by Stephanie A. Brill, Lisa Kenney
- Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue by Nicholas Teich
- He/She/They - Us: Essential Information, Vocabulary, and Concepts to Help You Become a Better Ally to the Transgender and Gender Diverse People in Your Life
- Ted Talk: How to talk (and listen) to transgender people by Jackson Bird (TED RESIDENCY)
- Youtube: Trans 101 (The Trans Literacy Project) videos by Honest Accomplish Theater
- The Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
- Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
Kimberli Andridge, Psy.D.
Kimberli has worked in gender affirming care since 2010 and serves as the co-chair of the Gender-Affirming Treatment Team. Kim is dedicated to exploring intersections of identities and the unique experiences each client brings to therapy. They are also passionate about working with clients in the kink and ENM/Polyamory communities. A member of the community, they are committed to ongoing training, activism, and advocacy to create systemic change.
Jennifer Bobell, M.D.
Dr. Bobell is a primary care physician who joined Cal Poly Campus Health & Wellbeing (CH&W) in November 2017. She earned her M.D. in 2000 from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU-SOM). In 2003 she completed her residency in Family Medicine at SIU-SOM. Dr. Bobell has provided inpatient and outpatient medical care for all ages during her career. In 2019 she was excited to receive the green light to begin providing gender affirming hormone therapy for transgender and gender-expansive students at Cal Poly. She co-chairs the Gender Affirming Care Team at CH&W with Dr. Kimberli Andridge.
Ben Campos, LMFT, BIPOC Focus Counselor
Ben Campos is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in the Counseling Services as a BIPOC Focus Counselor. Supporting LGBTQIA+ students and providing a welcoming, affirming, and supportive space to explore the impact of various intersectionalities impacting them is a core value in his therapeutic approach. A variety of modalities are used in the therapeutic setting to help students work towards their mental health goals with self-compassion, empowerment, and self-acceptance. As a cisgender, heterosexual mental health ally, he is driven to learn about the individuals he works with in a collaborative, knowledgeable, and respectful approach to the therapy process with humility, dichos, and a hint of humor.
Conrad Mendoza, LMFT, Early Intervention Specialist
Conrad Mendoza is an Early Intervention Specialist for Counseling Services. Working with individuals/students who identify as trans, and non-binary has been an important part of his work and life. He is driven to remain knowledgeable on trans care trends. As a mental health ally and member of the LGBTQ+ community, Conrad is committed to creating a safe, respectful place for students to explore their needs while encouraging self-compassion and self-acceptance.
Cookie Roberts, FNP-BC
Cookie Roberts is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate in nursing at the University of Denver and went on to complete her master's education at the University of Nevada in 2017. Since then, she has worked with gender diverse populations and provided hormone therapy and primary care with a focus on sexual and reproductive health. She moved to SLO and joined Cal Poly’s Campus Health and Wellbeing team in November 2022. Through a collaborative approach, Cookie develops personalized treatment plans to address each student's unique needs and goals in a safe and inclusive environment.
Joey Langowski, Family Nurse Practitioner
Joey Langowski is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Langowski earned a Master of Science in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program and completed an Advanced primary care residency at UC Davis. Previously, Langowski worked for UC Davis and served at a rural federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Grass Valley, CA. Langowski was an advocate for the integration of gender affirming care with primary care at his last community clinic and has taken many courses on reproductive and transgender health. Currently, Joey’s services at Cal Poly include providing gender affirming care, sexual health STI screenings, PrEP, healthcare maintenance and preventive health, contraception, and chronic disease management.
Sarah Colwell, Psy.D.
Dr. Colwell is Licensed Clinical Psychologist and is the Outreach Coordinator for Counseling Services. Working with students that identify as trans, non-binary, two-spirit, or gender expansive has been a passion for Dr. Colwell since 2015 and she is committed to staying current with trans care trends. As a mental health ally, Dr. Colwell is devoted to creating a safe, respectful place for students to explore their needs while encouraging self-compassion and self-acceptance.
Rebecca Gillis, Psy.D.
Some of Dr. Gillis' areas of interest and specialties include affirming and informed therapy regarding gender identity, sexual identity, kink, BDSM, ENM/polyamory, and sex positivity. She feels particularly passionate about multiculturalism and social justice. Dr. Gillis combines an active, supportive, strength-based approach with a sense of humor. She values building a safe, accepting, respectful environment for students to be heard, seen, and empowered. Though trained in Interpersonal, Gestalt, Solution-Focused, Existential, Mindfulness-based, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) theoretical modalities, Dr. Gillis tailors her work to individuals' unique goals and needs.
Richard Luciano, MSN/F.N.P.-C
Rich is a family nurse practitioner who graduated from Samuel Merritt University in 2008 with an MSN FNP-C. He has over 11 years of experience in family medicine, urgent care, oncology, otolaryngology (ENT), and osteoporosis care. In each setting he approaches his care with evidence-based practice that is holistic, caring, and patient-centered.