Campus & Community Resources

Sonoma State and the surrounding areas have a wide range of resources and support, for a wide variety of different interests and needs. Listed below are some resources you can find on or around campus. 

If you're having difficulty accessing one of these resources, or need help finding something not included in this list, you can contact us for assistance! 

Campus Resources

American Multicultural Studies: The interdisciplinary American Multicultural Studies Department is dedicated to providing students with critical thinking and leadership skills that will help them navigate the multicultural and multiracial American landscape.

Career Center: The Sonoma State University Career Center works to support and empower students to be active participants in their career development process. Our Career Advisors provide comprehensive resources and advising that are holistically centered in each students needs.

Chicano and Latino Studies: CALS degree programs offer students the opportunity to employ an interdisciplinary approach to the study of one of the fastest growing populations in the United States. Courses in CALS invite students to critically examine the experiences and contributions of Latino populations in relation to issues of political representation, linguistic policy, educational inequality, poverty, immigration, and symbolic struggles in media, literature, and the arts.

Confidential Advocacy: Confidential Advocacy provides confidential advocacy support, victim outreach, coordination of support services, problem-solving, and assistance with decision-making to SSU students who are impacted or victimized by traumatic, disruptive or disturbing life events i.e., sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, biased related incidents, abusive relationships, hate crimes, etc. The department supports SSU students through the process of physical, emotional, and financial recovery. 

Counseling & Psychological Services, Wellness Workshops & Groups: CAPS offers different support groups for students. These groups change every semester, depending on demand from students, but they usually have a group dedicated to supporting LGBTQIA+ students. Check out their list of groups, updated every semester!

Disability Services for Students: Disability Services for Students ensures that people with disabilities receive equal access to higher education.

The DREAM Center: Provides a safe space for undocumented students where they receive academic, personal, and professional guidance in order to matriculate and graduate.

Educational Opportunity Program: The primary goals of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) are to improve the access, retention and graduation of students who have been historically, economically and/or educationally disadvantaged. EOP assists students by providing comprehensive academic support services.

Native American Studies: The Native American Studies program is designed to provide a minor with a multidisciplinary approach to Native Americans through ethnography, history, sociology, and the humanities.

The PUERTA Project: The PUERTA (Preparing Underrepresented Educators to Realize their Teaching Ambitions) Project seeks to increase the number of Latinx teachers serving in K-12 public schools. 

SSU Library: The University Library is a dynamic and innovative partner in the Sonoma State University community. Outreach and Inclusion Librarian, Catherine Fonseca:

Unity House: LGBTQIA+ and Gender-Inclusive Housing Communities: Located in two housing communities and open to all years, Unity House is great for students interested in the exploration of LGBTQIA+ identities and for those seeking community through dialogue, activities, and reflection. It is also gender-inclusive, meaning students may be paired with roommates of different gender identities and expressions.

Women's & Gender Studies Department: Students in WGS study how gender structures everything from our innermost sense of self, to family and community, to transnational relations. The WGS department offers two pathways, Community/Clinical and Cultural/Critical, as well as a Queer Studies minor.

Affinity Faculty and Staff Associations

Alianza: Alianza for Equity offers a visible presence and united voice for Latino/a/x faculty, staff, students, and their allies, to critically examine and proactively address pressing equity issues facing our campus and surrounding community.

Asian Pacific Islander American Association (APIA): The mission of the SSU APIFSA is to promote the interests of the Asian Pacific Islander American community, provide a sense of belonging and support to faculty, staff, and administrators, to foster cultural awareness, to support education within the community, and provide support to students.

Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA): The BFSA aspires to lead an innovative, inclusive, and culturally competent campus environment while encouraging and supporting Black faculty, staff, and students who wish to develop and fulfill the highest levels of their personal and professional potential.

Queer Association (QFaSA): The Queer Faculty and Staff Association (QFaSA) was founded in the fall of 2018. QFaSA was created with the intention to develop a system of advocacy for employees who are gender and/or sexually diverse. QFaSA works to provide activities on the SSU campus that promote our values of community, education, and advocacy.

Community Resources  

Amor Para Todos: Advocacy and implementation for LGBTQIA+ Inclusive school and community environments.  Contact info:

100 Black Men of Sonoma County: The Sonoma County Chapter of 100 Black Men provides education/mentoring services to assist with the understanding of college/university eligibility requirements, admissions, financial aid, and scholarships. In addition, we offer our own college scholarships in cooperation with the Sonoma County Foundation since 1996. These activities are offered to youth through group mentoring and individual presentations.

California Indian Museum and Cultural CenterThe Purpose of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center is to culturally enrich and benefit the people of California and the general public. The goals of the Museum and Cultural Center are to educate the public about California Indian History and cultures, to showcase California Indian Cultures, to enhance and facilitate these cultures and traditions through educational and cultural activities, to preserve and protect California Indian cultural and intellectual properties, and to develop relationships with other indigenous groups.

Face 2 Face: The mission of Face 2 Face is to end HIV in Sonoma County while supporting the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AID

Jewish Community Free Clinic: The JCFC is proud to provide services to anyone in need who is currently uninsured. Come to the JCFC for primary care medicine, employment evaluations, medications, and laboratory services. All of these services are available completely free of charge.

La Luz: La Luz Center strengthens community through family services, economic advancement, and community engagement.

LGBTQ Connection: LGBTQ Connection, an initiative fueled by youth and other emerging leadership, fosters a healthier, more vibrantly diverse and inclusive community. Each year, LGBTQ Connection engages 3,500 LGBTQ people, their families and community, and trains 500 providers from local organizations across Northern California to increase the safety, visibility and well being of LGBTQ residents.

North Bay LGBTQI Families: Community building and connection for LGBTQIA+ parents, caregivers, and children in Sonoma County.

Nuestra Cultura Cura - La Plaza: Nuestra Cultura Cura Initiative is committed to promote and enhance the health and well-being of the Latinx community. We raise awareness and reduce mental health stigma by building on our cultural strengths to empower our community to heal. We do this by working collaboratively with resources and agencies to implement innovative culturally defined practices to address mental health needs in the Latinx community.

Online Therapy Resources for the LGBTQ+ Community: Online therapy has many benefits for members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you live in a rural area or just can’t find a therapist who understands the challenges facing LGBTQ+ individuals, online therapy makes it easier to access mental health care.

Positive Images: Positive Images provides support and advocacy to Sonoma County’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, and intersex youth and young adults, ages 12-24, and educates the greater community.

Redwood Empire Food Bank: The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization serving north coastal California from Sonoma County to the Oregon border.

Resources for Women and Girls in Sonoma County: A list of resources for women and girls in Sonoma County. 

Sonoma County Pride: Hold yearly Pride parade in Santa Rosa and various events throughout the year. 

Santa Rosa Community Health Center--The Gender Clinic: The gender clinic strives to provide integrative gender affirming therapy for our gender expansive patients. The gender clinic provides full spectrum care by a family medicine provider and staff.

Spectrum LGBT Center: Spectrum engages, empowers, and advocates for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people.

TRANSLIFE Sonoma County: Support group open to the transgender community and anyone involved in the TRANSLIFE Community Conference and Professional Symposium.

Tribal Council | Federated Indians Graton Rancheria:  The Graton Rancheria community is a federation of Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo groups recognized as a tribe by the US Congress. 

Verity: Verity is the only rape crisis center in Sonoma County, and facilitates healing and promotes the prevention of violence by providing counseling, advocacy, intervention, and education.

West County Health Center – Gender Expansive Services Clinic: Medical care and wellness, community building, hormone management, surgery referrals, legal navigation and documents help, social and emotional support, education.

National/Online Resources

Trans Lifeline: A grassroots, peer-support hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community. 24/7 hotline: (877) 565-8860

The Trevor Project: A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. 24/7 hotline: (866) 488-7386

National Center for Transgender Equality: The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project: The Sylvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.

Lambda Legal: Lambda Legal's mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

The Loveland Foundation: The Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.

InterACT: Focused on peer support for parents and/or intersex adults, on political activism and awareness-building, on promoting research, and on advocacy in the medical community.

The Checkup by SingleCare: Learn about barriers that the LGBTQ community faces when accessing health care

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