LGBTQIA Resources

Campus Liaison for LGBTQIA Issues

Shannon Ilas
Interim, Director of  Student Activities
Oceanside Campus
Building 3400, Room 3435

Office Hours
M.-Th. 8:00-7:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00-4:30 p.m.

MiraCosta College has an expressed commitment to equity and inclusion for students, faculty and staff members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. The MiraCosta College statement on equal access makes specific reference to assuring equity “without regard to accent, age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, economic status, ethnic group identification, gender, marital status, medical condition, national origin, parental status, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.”

California Education Code Section 66271.2 indicates that the Governing Board of California Community Colleges has requested that each community college district designate an employee at each college as a point of contact for the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender faculty, staff, and students. In addition, “at a minimum, the name and contact information of the designated employee shall be published on the internet web site for the respective campus and shall be included in any printed and internet-based campus directories.”

MiraCosta College LGBTQIA Safe Spaces

The MiraCosta College LGBTQIA Safe Space program aims to increase awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersexed, and asexual/ally communities on campus, to support the college’s efforts to promote an accepting, supportive, and diverse learning environment, and to create a welcoming and tolerant environment for all members of the campus community.

For additional information about MiraCosta College’s LGBTQIA Safe Space program, or for future training dates, please contact Safe Space co-facilitators Steven Deineh or Dara Perales.

Safe Space Trained Employees

By Department


Admin of Justice

Adult High School Diploma Program



Automotive Tech

Biological Sciences


Business & Medical Office Tech

Career Studies & Services


Child Development

Communication Studies

Community Learning Center

Computer Science


Disabled Student Services







Health Services


Horticulture & Hospitality

Institute for International Perspectives

International Languages

Kinesiology, Health, & Nutrition

Library / Academic Information Services


Math Learning Center

Media Arts & Tech


Noncredit ESL

NC Short Term Voc

Nursing & Allied Health

Online Education

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Service Learning

Social Science


Student Activities Office

Theatre & Film

Transfer Center

Tutoring & Academic Support Center

Writing Center

Additional Campus Departments

Academic Senate Office

Admissions & Records


Cashiering Services

Community Learning Center


Financial Aid

Human Resources

Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Office of Instruction

Testing Services

School Relations & Diversity Outreach

Gay Straight Alliance Student Club

The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) is one of the oldest recognized student clubs at MiraCosta College. The club’s mission includes strengthening the LGBTQ community through social activities and community service, promoting acceptance and tolerance by embracing diversity, and advocating for human and civil rights.

The GSA club meets regularly during the Fall and Spring semesters; to view the current club leadership and faculty advisors visit the Student Clubs website.

Gay Straight Alliance Endowed Student Scholarship

In the spring of 2014 the Gay Straight Alliance Club successfully endowed a scholarship fund by raising more than $25,000.00. The annual GSA Student Scholarship awards $1000.00 to a current MiraCosta College student who identifies as a member of - or an ally to - the LGBTQ community. For more information about this scholarship, please visit the MiraCosta College Scholarship website.

Mental Health Resources

MiraCosta College provides access to a number of mental health resources for both students and employees. Student resources include free and confidential one-on-one counseling with Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) interns. More info may be found on the Health Services website. Employee resources may be found on the Human Resources website.