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Student Engagement

LGBTQ - Resources

OUT at Grossmont

Grossmont College's "Out List" are LGBTQ faculty and staff who are committed to being a part of a visible presence on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

  • Abby Algarin

    Coordinator - Via Rapida
    Coordinator - First Year Experience

  • Craig Milgrim
    Professor, Biology

  • Heriberto Vasquez
    Director of Student Development

  • Joel Castellaw
    Department Chair - Communication
    SOGI Student Club - Co-Advisor

  • Peter Brooks
    Associate Professor, Nursing

  • Sue Gonda
    Professor, History and Cross-cultural Studies

  • Susan Berry
    Student Engagement Coordinator
    SOGI Student Club - Co-Advisor


Safe Zone: Ally Program

Safe Zone Ally Training Program is to provide a welcoming environment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and/or ally (LGBTQQIAA) persons by establishing an identifiable network of supportive persons who can provide support, information and a safe place for LGBTQQIAA persons within the Grossmont community.  Those who have committed to being Safe Zone Allies indicate that bigotry and discrimination, specifically regarding LGBTQQIAA persons, are not tolerated. 

Ally training objectives include:

  • Train a network of empathetic allies on campus

  • Make this network visible and accessible by posting stickers on doors and pins on backpacks and other appropriate locations

  • End discrimination and bias against LGBTQQIAA campus community members

  • Assist LGBTQQIAA students in their social, personal and academic development

Trained allies are asked to:

  • Display their ally stickers and pins in prominent places

  • Provide information, referrals and support to LGBTQQIAA members of the campus community

  • Refrain from promoting any religious or theoretical perspectives that consider LGBTQQIAA life and people anything other than a natural part of the continuum of human sexuality

Look for the Grossmont College Safe Zones logo throughout campus. It identifies a person who has completed the on-campus LGBTQQIAA Safe Zone Ally Training all of whom have pledged their commitment to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transponder, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual and ally people.

Safe Zone Logo

Community Resources

  • San Diego LGBT Community Center
    The Center is led by a 15 member board of directors, employs more than 50 paid staff and utilizes more than 1000 community volunteers to achieve it's twin goals of promoting LGBT health and human rights.

  • LGBTQ Workplace Guide

    Half of LGBTQ+ employees remain closeted at work. Many fear that they will face discrimination and mistreatment if they come out. From finding inclusive companies, getting comfortable with the interview process, to coming out at work, here is a resource guide to help you navigate the corporate landscape as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.


Last Updated: 03/03/2020


Susan Berry
Student Engagement Coord
Student Affairs
SOGI:  Co-Advisor

Joel Castellaw
Chair: Communication
SOGI: Co-Advisor

Safe Zone Friendly

SOGI - Club
Sexual Orientation
Gender Identity Club
SOGI Schedule

LGBT+ Events

Lavender Gayla
Sponsor: SOGI

 Feb. 15
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Admission: Free

Register now!



Susan Berry
Student Engagement Coord
Phone: (619) 644-7236

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