Jean Miller Resource Room
for Women, Gender, and Sexuality
The Jean Miller Resource Room for Women, Gender, and Sexuality works to ensure students, faculty and staff on the De Anza campus are free to self-determine their gender and sexual identities, regardless of income, race, or ability, and without facing harassment, coercion, discrimination or violence.
We especially welcome students, staff and faculty from the LGBTTIQQ2SA to visit us and build with us!Chesa Caparas Faculty Coordinator Pronouns: She/Her/Herself firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 408-864-8284
Chesa is the Faculty Coordinator of the Jean Miller Resource Room. She also teaches classes in English and Intercultural Studies. In her classes and her community work, she uses an intersectional feminist framework to resist systems of inequality. Her research interests include hip-hop pedagogy, representations of women in pop culture, and post-humanism in the digital age. She loves art, music, and food, and tries to incorporate all of these things into the work she does.
Fall 2018 Events
We advocate for a radically inclusive campus environment that is safe, equitable and just by placing the needs of historically marginalized people and communities at the center of our work.
How to Reach Us
Chesa Caparas- JMRR Faculty Coordinator: email@example.com
Office Hours: Mondays 11am-6pm and Wednesdays 11:00am-2pm
Email us! firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us! 408.864.8284 or 408.864.5636
Visit us! We're in MLC 250 – on the second floor of the Media & Learning Center – inside the Office of Equity.
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Local LGBTQQI+ Resources
- Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center
- Outlet - Adolescent Counseling Services
- Gender Identity Awareness Network
Desi LGBTQ Helpline: 1.908.367.3374
- Community United Against Violence
- Santa Clara County Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Affairs
- LGBTQ Youth Space
Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley
- Transfamily Support Group of Santa Clara County
- The Trevor Project
24/7 Crisis Hotline: 1.866.488.7386
- Suicide & Crisis Hotline: 1.855.278.4204
- PFLAG: Parents, Families, Friends, LGBTQ people and Allies United for Equality
- Santa Clara County District Attorney:
Hate Crimes Team and Victim Services Unit
You'll find more sources of help and information on this LGBTQQI+ Resources webpage.
General Campus Resources
- The Child Development Center accepts children 18 months to five years of age, from families affiliated with De Anza College as well as the general public.
- Disability Support Services assists students who have physical, psychological or other disabilities, vision, hearing impairments or ADD/ADHD.
- Gay and Lesbian Employees and Friends (GALEAF): Contact Dorene Novotny at email@example.com for more information.
- Gender Neutral Bathrooms are located in the East Cottage (ECOT 1), Multicultural Center (MCC), PE Quad 5 (PE 5), and G Building (G). See campus map.
- Student Health Services provides free and low-cost services to all students, including physical exams, emergency contraception, flu shots and birth control.
- Student Psychological Services provides free, confidential psychological counseling to students, during daytime hours. For 24-hour services, see the resources listed above or below.
Domestic Violence (multiple languages)
- La Isla Pacifica Crisis Line (Gilroy to Morgan Hill): 408.683.4118
- Next Door (San Jose area; Spanish and English): 408.279.2962
- YWCA of Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos): 1.800.572.2782
- Asian Law Alliance: 408.287.9710
- MAITRI (San Francisco Bay Area): 1.888.862.4874
- Asian Women’s Home: 408.975.2739
- Community United Against Violence: 415.777.5500
Health (including contraception, HIV services)
- Planned Parenthood San Jose: 408.287.7526
- Billy Frank LGBTQ Community Center: 408.293.2429
- Asian Americans for Community Involvement HOPE Program: 408.278.4138
- Crane Center: 408.792.5030
District Policy on Harassment and Discrimination
Please see the following policy documents for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District
- Board Policy 4640: Harassment and Discrimination
- Administrative Procedure 4640: Procedures to Resolve Complaints Regarding Harassment and Discrimination
- Read the article in La Voz
In 2013, students in the Latino Empowerment at De Anza (LEAD) program conducted campuswide surveys and secured funding through DASB to establish the Jean Miller Resource Room for Women, Gender and Sexuality.
Named after De Anza educator and activist Jean Miller, the Resource Room was created to centralize and provide resources, training, and programming aimed at increasing awareness and advocating for issues around the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, class, and disability.
Miller was a beloved educator here at De Anza College. She was a mentor not only to students but also to her colleagues, including faculty and staff.
Born and raised in Denver, Miller worked in a variety of jobs over a 20-year period, before she became an educator. She sold office supplies, wrote legal briefs, modeled for students at art schools, sold magazine subscriptions and wrote computer code. During those two decades, she also participated in social movements, advocating for peace, civil rights, women's rights and gay rights.
Around the time her son turned 12, Miller went back to school. She earned a bachelor’s degree from New College of California and a master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University. She began teaching English at De Anza in fall 1989.
The JMRR represents Jean Miller's legacy to current and incoming students at De Anza.
Chosen Name and Pronoun Policy
JMRR interns Nahielly Torres, Mei Suzuki, and Matthew Travers, created the Chosen Name and Pronoun Policy which allows students across the De Anza and Foothill campuses to identify their chosen name and pronoun on campus documents, especially class rosters, preventing the trauma and anxiety that comes with being miss-represented in the classroom or when seeking services on campus.
Queer Intervention Task‐Force (QIT)
The Queer Intervention Task‐force (QIT) is a coalition of engaged students, faculty, and community activists addressing intersectional equity issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer students at De Anza College.Through transformative change, we aim to create a safer, more inclusive campus for LGBTQ identified people.QIT is an Equity Action Council Advisory Group.
QIT was founded in June 2015 by student intern Maximus Grisso and a group of students and faculty concerned with De Anza College LGBTQ equity and campus safety. From this initial meeting, the group produced a list of Goals & Objectives for De Anza College. Since then, QIT picked up the Chosen Name and Pronoun Policy project, originally started by the Jean Miller Resource Room, and the Equity Action Council adopted QIT as an Advisory Group. QIT goals were:
To increase LGBTQ equity at De Anza College
To centralize De Anza College LGBTQ programing, activism, and advocacy
To follow through the Chosen Name and Pronoun Policy in a accessible, sensitive way
To create an inclusive, welcoming campus for LGBTQ identified individuals
To facilitate LGBTQ staff development and ally work
Queer and Now Conference (QN)
In 2015, the college hosted the first Queer and Now Conference featuring workshops led by speakers from the larger LGBTQ community. Watch a short video here.