LGBTQ+ Resources

CalArts has specialized resources for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community who may suffer sexual harassment (including assault). If you or someone you know has been harassed or sexually assaulted, the following are on- and off-campus LGBTQ-friendly resources.

On-Campus Confidential Resources

  • The Wellness Center, F201H
    Confidential Student Advocate
    Elizabeth Peisner, Interim Executive Director, Health and Wellness, 24/7 at (661) 713-5325
  • Counseling Services, F201H
    Melissa Shepherd, MFT 
    Lily Rodriguez, LMFT
  • Student Health Services, D208
    Sandra Pirio, LVN, (661) 253-7830

National Resources

  • Let's Talk About It: A Transgender Survivor's Guide to Accessing Therapy (pdf)
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline can also refer you to a local rape crisis center
    (800) 656-HOPE (4673) 24/7 or online counseling at
  • Love is Respect Hotline
    (866) 331-9474 (24/7) or text “loveis” 22522
  • The Anti-Violence Project
    Serves people who are LGBTQ; bilingual, 24/7.
    (212) 714-1124
  • GLBT National Help Center
    (800) 246-PRIDE (7743) or online chat at
  • Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project Hotline
    (800) 832-1901
  • 1 in 6 Men
    Serves transgender and gender nonconforming survivors of domestic and sexual violence; provides referrals to local counselors
  • The Network La Red
    Serves LGBTQ, poly, and kink/BDSM survivors of abuse; bilingual
    Hotline (617) 742-4911
  • Northwest Network – serves LGBT survivors of abuse; can provide local referrals
    Hotline (206) 568-7777


Title IX Team

Dionne Simmons
Title IX Coordinator and Director, Community Rights and Responsibilities
Chouinard 113 / (661) 291-3019