Pride Center

Students Turn to Students for LGBTQ Support

September 17, 2012

What:
The Pride Center offers a Peer Mentor Program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) members of the CSUN community. Mentors are students who have received more than 20 hours of training in communication/mentoring skills, coming out, internalized homophobia, bisexuality/pansexuality, transgender awareness, suicide and risk assessment, and intersections of race, gender and sexuality. 

Who:
Cadence Valentine is a psychology major with plans to receive her masters and become a LCSW. Her long-term goal is to provide therapy and counseling primarily to the LGBT population. She is a public speaker, educator and advocate primarily in the realm of transgender issues. 
Diana Andriola is a deaf studies major. Her outgoing disposition makes for a warm environment at the Pride Center. 
Jessica Cardiel is double majoring in gender women studies and Chicano studies. She is passionate about making social change by being involved in the community. 
Leonel Sanchez is an English major whose kind personality puts students at ease. 
Diego Flores is a psychology major. His passion is helping others to realize how great they truly are.

When:
Peer Mentors are available to meet with students whenever is most convenient.

Where:
Student can choose to meet a Peer Mentor wherever they feel most comfortable.

Why:
Mentors can share their personal experiences, connect an LGBTQ mentee to other CSUN students and programs, offer support and resources, and discuss issues that the mentee is facing in a comfortable environment.

Background: 
The Pride Center opened its doors in August 2012. It serves as a safe haven for LGBTQ students, staff and faculty at CSUN.

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