Office of the President

Celebrating Pride Month

June 1, 2023

Pride Month, officially observed in June, celebrates the countless contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community by uplifting their voices, championing their causes and denouncing the attacks and efforts across our nation to marginalize and denigrate LGBTQIA+ individuals and families.

At its core, Pride Month is about authenticity — affirming the humanity we all possess, while also creating a world that is shaped by respect, love and joy. More than that, it challenges us to commit to change — to build a world where individuals can live their lives free of fear and violence — a world where respect, kindness and understanding pave the way for prosperity for all.

Pride Month commemorates years of struggle for civil rights and the ongoing work still ahead of us. With the more than 500 bills affecting the LGBTQIA+ community in contention across our nation this year alone, it is abundantly clear we have more to do to create a just and equitable society for all. You can support the community by learning and volunteering at local organizations, supporting LGBTQIA+ businesses and joining local Pride celebrations throughout the month.

I also encourage you to connect with the Pride Center — which remains open during the summer to meet with students and staff and learn more about the resources and events that take place throughout the year.

I am proud of our Cal Poly Pomona community, comprised of so many who are dedicated to learning, justice and growth. Our commitment to ever-improving continues to serve as a force that shapes our world for the better.


Soraya M. Coley, Ph.D.  
President, Cal Poly Pomona