LGBTQIA Resources

Campus Liaison for LGBTQIA Needs

Image of JP Schumacher, Director, Student Equity

JP Schumacher
Director, Student Equity
Oceanside Campus
Building 3700

Office Hours
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, 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.

LGBTQIA Handouts

MiraCosta College LGBTQIA Safe Space Program

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. If you would like your student group or class to take the free, interactive online LGBTQ on Campus for Students training please provide this handout with instructions.

Safe Space Trained Employees (as of August 2016)

Administration & Board of Trustees

Accounting - see Business

Admin of Justice



Automotive Tech

Biological Sciences


Business (and Accounting, Business Administration, Real Estate)

Career Studies & Services


Child Development (and Education)

Communication Studies

Community Learning Center

Computer Science

Computer Studies & Information Technology




Disabled Students Programs & Services






Health Services


Honors Scholars Program

Horticulture & Hospitality

Institute for International Perspectives

International Languages

Kinesiology, Health, & Nutrition



Math Learning Center

Media Arts & Tech


Nursing & Allied Health

Online Education

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Police Department


Service Learning

Social Science


Student Activities Office

Student Equity

Theatre & Film

Transfer Center

Tutoring & Academic Support Center

Veterans Services

Writing Center

Academic Senate Office

Academic Information Services

Admissions & Records



Business & Administrative Services


Cashiering Services


Financial Aid


Human Resources

Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Office of Instruction

Public Information Office

School Relations & Diversity Outreach

Testing Services

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 college's Student Clubs website.

Endowed Student Scholarships

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. In the fall of 2015 the Trans* Pride Scholarship was created and fundraising efforts are currently under way to fully endow this scholarship.

More information about these scholarships is available on the MiraCosta College Scholarship website; tax-deductible donations to either scholarship may be made at the MiraCosta College Foundation website.

Rainbow Stoles (for Commencement)

Rainbow commencement stoles for graduating LGBTQIA students and allies are available for purchase at the Oceanside Campus Bookstore. Faculty and Staff who have been LGBTQIA Safe Space trained also wear rainbow stoles at commencement. Students interested in wearing a rainbow stole should complete a free, interactive online training.

Spring 15 Rainbow Commencement Stoles (Faculty and Students)

(Photo from Spring 2015 Commencement)

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 are on the Human Resources website.