Out @ MiraCosta
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?
Librarian, Instruction & Student Engagement
Steven serves as the chair of the LGBTQIA+ Caucus (ASCCC) and co-founded the first LGBTQIA+ training series here at MiraCosta (Safe Space Program). 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
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.
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, She
Coordinator, Student Success and Support Program (SSSP)
Oceanside and CLC Campus
Tina is yon-sei generation, Japanese American hapa, queer, and proud. Tina received her Associates in Social and Behavioral Sciences from MiraCosta College and graduated from CSU, Fullerton with her Bachelors in Sociology. She has worked in higher education for over 8 years and is passionate about creating equitable experiences for students.
Leigh Cotnoir, She
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, She
Staff, Student Equity
Jodi Mulhall brings her knowledge of critical theory to her teaching, research, and student services work. As an instructor at UCSD and University of San Diego, equity and inclusion have always been at the core of her pedagogy, which informs Jodi's work in the Student Equity Department at MiraCosta College, where she currently serves as Interim Director. Jodi also serves as the Campus Liaison for LGBTQIA+ Affairs and co-advises the GSA.
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.
Instructional Computer Lab Assistant, AIS
Sean Davis, Him
Faculty, Sociology Instructor
Sean teaches Introduction to LGBT Studies, Introduction to Gender Studies, Introduction to Women's Studies, and Introduction to Sociology courses at Miracosta College. He is passionate about teaching, learning, and mentorship. When he is not engaged in these activities, he is hanging out with family, reading, writing, and shooting hoops in his front yard.
Alexis Faust, She
Faculty, Associate Faculty in Anthropology
Alexis owes her passion for anthropology to her experience as a student at MiraCosta College. Her research interests include Andean and Near Eastern archaeology, primate conservation, intersectional feminism, class, sexuality, and gender.
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.
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, Him
Interim Dean, Student Life & Judicial Affairs
Nick is the Interim Dean, Student Life & Judicial Affairs, where he oversees Student Life and Leadership, Associated Student Government, Athletics, Health Services, Student Conduct, and the Behavioral Intervention Team. Nick was an LGBTQ Studies minor at UCLA, and he completed his master’s research and thesis on providing mental health services with the LGBTQIA+ community.
Donny Munshower, Him
Faculty, Veteran’s Counselor
I specifically work with the Veterans and Military population on campus, but want to help all LGBTQIA+ students feel welcome on campus. Feel free to come say hi!
Yasmine Willis Fernandez, She
Staff, Interim Student Services Specialist
Yasmine (Yaz-Meen) has been working with at MiraCosta since 2017. She has a BA in Human Development with a focus in Counseling from CSUSM and works with planning committees for the History and Heritage months and Access Conferences here at MiraCosta.
Gerilyn Brault, She
Van Ethan Levy, they or Van
Staff, Mental Health Clinician
Queer, Trans, and Non-Binary
I identify as Queer, Trans, and Non-Binary. What this means is:
Queer: I do not base my relationships on gender.
Trans: I was socialized as female and do not identify as female.
Non-Binary: I do not identify within and/or outside the societal binary constructs as male or female and I use pronouns like: Van, They, Them, and Theirs rather than he/she pronouns. I enjoy being my authentic self which can be masculine, feminine, neither, both and each. I am dedicated to social justice and am continuously learning ways to create awareness within myself to cultivate inclusive spaces and presences. Life is a journey and I hope to continue to heal, grow, and discover.
Alicia López, she
Faculty, Sociology and Chicana Study
Besides identifying as queer, I also highlight my experience as a first-generation Chicana and college student, daughter of poor/working-class Mexican immigrants, born and raised in the border region of South San Diego, CA. These are decisive elements that make up who I am and my vision for life and my teaching philosophy.