PHONE (24/7 Support)
Health: 805-756-1211
Counseling: 805-756-2511
Wellbeing: 805-756-6181
Safer: 805-756-2282

Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM;
Building 27 - Health Center


Please use green or white zones. Pay by Phone or ParkMobile required for green zones. Cal Poly parking permit and Health Services permit (obtained at health center front desk) required for white zones.

Gender-Affirming Care

Gender-Affirming Care motto "Our goal is to ensure trans and gender-expansive students receive the highest quality care in a supportive, respectful space."

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Health Services has a wide variety of gender-affirming services, including:

  • Age-appropriate cancer screening (gender-affirming PAP testing)
  • PrEP
  • 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. 

* Videos recorded 2/23/2015 and provided by Dr. Maddie Deutsch, MD, Director of Clinical Services and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco's Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.

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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. 



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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:

Health Education


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.


Peer Wellness Programs


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.





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.


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Name & Gender Change


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.


Crisis Resources





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Kimberli Andridge team member profile photoKimberli 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 team member profile photoJennifer 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 team member profile photoBen 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 team member profile photoConrad 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 team member profile photoCookie 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 team member profile photoJoey 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 team member profile photoSarah 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 team member profile photoRebecca 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 team member profile photoRichard 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.


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