Out @ MiraCosta

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Out @ MiraCosta is a campaign that heightens the visibility of LGBTQIA+ identified faculty, staff, and administrators. This list was created to promote LGBTQIA+ inclusion, foster a campus culture in which everyone feels valued, establish a sense of community, and signal to LGBTQIA+ MiraCosta College students that they have representation and support within the faculty, staff, and administration.

This list is not exhaustive and does not include every member of the LGBTQIA+ community here at MiraCosta College. We understand that there are many obstacles that prevent people from being “out” and open about their identity. It is our desire that list serve as a constant reminder that all LGBTQIA+ people deserve to live in a world where they feel comfortable being open about their identities.

Participation in this campaign is voluntary and restricted to MiraCosta College staff, administration, and faculty. If you are a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and are interested in being listed on the Out @ MiraCosta list please complete the form by first clicking on the Sign Up button below.

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Who is Out @ MiraCosta?

Steven Deineh
Librarian, Instruction & Student Engagement
LGBTQIA Safe Space Program Co-Founder

Chair, LGBTQIA+ Caucus (ASCCC)

In addition to working on LGBTQIA+ equity initiatives at MiraCosta since his hiring in 2010, Steven is passionate about teaching students critical information use skills that will benefit them in and out of college. In 2016 he completed the Graduate Certificate in LGBT Studies at San Diego State University.

India Pierce, She

Staff, Student Services Specialist LGBTQIA Equity
Oceanside campus
India’s work aids in creating a campus culture that actively supports the LGBTQIA community. In addition to her work here India is completing a PhD in Ethnic Studies focused on the spiritual practices of queer and trans women of color activists. She is a photographer, community organizer, and avid home cook.

Joanne Carrubba
Associate Faculty, Art History
Joanne is a professor of Art History at MiraCosta and 3 other colleges in the San Diego area who uses gender and cultural studies in her classrooms as a means to understand the artists behind the artworks.

Tina Helmstreit
Administrative Secretary, Counseling
Secretary, Committee on Exceptions
Classified Representative, Student Equity
Tina is a community advocate through her work in higher education and nonprofit experience as the Communications Coordinator for the San Diego Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).

Leigh Cotnoir
Instructor, Media Arts and Technologies
Leigh Cotnoir is a designer, artist, programmer, and educator in web, print, and interactive arts. She has been teaching since 2000 and joined the MiraCosta Media Arts and Technologies faculty full time in 2015. Leigh’s selected design work and other media work is available at leighcotnoir.com. To view her teaching site, you can visit learn.leighcotnoir.com.

Jodi Mulhall
Student Services Specialist, Student Equity
Jodi brings her experience as a researcher and professor of gender and sexuality studies to her work in Student Equity, providing programming and events designed to increase access to college for LGBTQIA+ and other disproportionately impacted students--as well as to promote diversity and inclusion on campus.

Sara Cassetti
Library Technician III, Public Services
Sara is the supervising library technician at the San Elijo campus library, where she works to create a student-centered, engaging environment. She incorporates her background in gender studies, linguistics, and cultural anthropology into her approach to library access services and student training.

Stephanie Taylor
Instructional Writing Center Assistant
Stephanie has been working for the MiraCosta College Writing Center since 2008, first as a student employee while obtaining her BA, and then in a permanent capacity in 2015. She is passionate about writing, reading, language, and helping students of all backgrounds become empowered and engaged writers and thinkers.

Jordan Barber
Instructional Computer Lab Assistant, AIS

Sean Davis
Sociology Instructor
Gender Equality Movement Club Faculty Advisor
I was also former student at MiraCosta and grew up in Oceanside, California. North County means a great deal to me and I feel honored to serve our students and community. Teaching sociology is my passion! I knew it was what I wanted to do from the first time I stepped foot in an Introduction to Sociology course at MiraCosta.

Alexis Faust
Associate Faculty, Anthropology
Alexis owes her love of all things anthropology to her time as a student at MiraCosta College. Her research interests include (but are not limited to): Andean and Near Eastern archaeology, primate conservation, intersectional feminism, sexuality, gender, and issues of class.

JP Schumacher
Director, Student Equity
Campus Liaison for LGBTQIA+ Needs
JP’s nearly ten-year career in student services has been focused on promoting college access, equity, and inclusion for historically under-served populations. He has previously served on two Boards of Directors for organizations that serve the Asian & Pacific Islander LGBTQIA+ community.

Cheryl Wadeson
Associate Faculty, Business
Cheryl teaches Small Business Management, Marketing and Promotions courses, which include an examination of the slow but growing shift by brands to adopt a more inclusive view in advertising and brand promotions.

Elise Weaver
Associate Faculty, Astronomy
Elise’s passion for astronomy dates back to preschool, and after a very circuitous education/professional path, she is overjoyed to be at MiraCosta teaching Astronomy for the first time and working with the public at star parties on campus. She has been engaged in astronomy/physics public outreach since 2003, and active in the LGBTQIA+ community since 1998 when she came out as bisexual.

Nick Mortaloni, LCSW
Mental Health Counselor (Faculty), Health Services
Nick is the full-time Mental Health Counselor in Health Services, where he oversees mental health counseling services provided at MiraCosta College.  Nick was an LGBT Studies minor at UCLA, and he completed his master’s research and thesis on providing mental health services with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Donny Munshower, M.A.

Counseling Faculty, Counseling Department
Counselor Veteran and Military Affiliated Students
Donny is one of the Veteran and Military Affiliated Student counselors in the Veterans Information Center and just started July 2017. He’s counseled at various other CC’s in San Diego and Los Angeles over the last 11 years, but is excited to be here at MiraCosta College. Donny loves to travel and is always looking for the next adventure.