About LGBTQIA+ Resources
Campus Liaison for LGBTQIA+ Needs
Director, Student Equity
M - F 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
MiraCosta College has an expressed commitment to equity and inclusion for students, faculty and staff members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA). 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 LGBTQIA 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.
On October 21st the New York Times reported on a leaked memo from President Trump’s administration. The memo describes a plan to redefine gender as a biologically immutable state determined by a person’s genitalia at birth. This proposed definition threatens to roll back numerous rights and protections- healthcare, housing, and other means of social support- for transgender, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and intersex individuals.
The content proposed in this memo has shaken members of the entire LGBTQIA+ community. The resultant fear, anxiety, anger, and frustration that the community is experiencing is valid. For those that identify as cisgender allies, it is vital that we work to hold ourselves and each other accountable, listen first instead of talk, and support a world where people have rights and liberty regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. During times like these, the Student Equity Department believes that three interconnected, vital themes must come to the fore: support, solidarity, and visibility.
Here is a video that shows four ways that we can manifest these themes at MiraCosta College to support transgender, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and intersex students, faculty, and staff.
To our transgender, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and intersex students, staff, and faculty- you are valued and you belong here at MiraCosta College.
JP Bareng Schumacher
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Director of Student Equity & Campus Liaison for LGBTQIA+ Needs