The Women, Gender and Sexuality Center

(formerly the Jean Miller Resource Room)

Welcome! We're a place for activities, support and advocacy for a radically inclusive environment  where students, faculty members and classified professionals are free to self-determine their gender and sexual identities, without harassment, discrimination or violence. 

On this webpage, you'll find information about upcoming events and activities, along with helpful resources and more!

About Our New Name

We have a new name to reflect our commitment to providing expanded services and resources, while we continue to honor Jean Miller with a new scholarship program! 

more About Our Name

Events of Interest

Queer and Now Conference: Watch the Video!

adrienne maree brownIf you missed our May 27 Queer and Now conference, "At Home In the Intersections," you can still watch the video recording of this online event. 

This year's keynote speaker was adrienne maree brown, a writer, advocate and cohost of the podcasts "Octavia's Parables," "Emergent Strategy" and "How to Survive the End of the World. (Photo credit: Anjali Pinto)

Watch the Video

Queer and Now is an annual conference at De Anza that focuses on the larger and local LGBTQ+ community, along with student success, equity, intersectionality and social justice concerns. 

Student Support Groups

  • Please check back here for information about meetings this fall. 

"Women," "Womyn," "Womxn" or ?

We've been thinking more about the use of these terms, and we've decided to use the spelling "women" going forward. For an explanation and some background, please read our statement on this decision.

Statement on Women's History Month

Stay in Community With Us

Local LGBTQ+ Resources 

You'll find more sources of help and information on this LGBTQI+ Resources and More webpage

Harassment and Discrimination Policy

Please see the following policy documents for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Faculty Coordinator


Chesa Caparas

About Chesa

Chesa teaches classes in English and Intercultural Studies. In both 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.

Chesa loves art, music and food, and tries to incorporate all of these things into the work she does. 

Advisory Council 

The Women, Gender and Sexuality Center Advisory Council (previously called the JMRR Advisory Council) was formed in 2019 to build coalitions across the De Anza campus in support of gender and sexuality equity. Council members are from several instructional divisions, the Office of College Life, the Library, Psychological Services and International Student Programs.

We meet monthly to discuss programming and events and to build capacity for gender and sexuality equity work at De Anza. If you’re interested in being part of the advisory council, please contact Chesa Caparas, WGS Center faculty coordinator, at

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