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.
Events of Interest
Queer and Now Conference: Watch the Video!
If 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)
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
LGBTQ+ Student Support Group
Trans Peer Support Group
These groups are not meeting over the summer but will resume this fall. Please check back here for updates.
"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.
Stay in Community With Us
- 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 LGBTQI+ Resources and More webpage.
Harassment and Discrimination Policy
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
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 – since renamed as the Women, Gender and Sexuality Center.
The center was created to 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.
About Jean Miller
Jean Miller was a beloved educator 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 center represents Jean Miller's legacy to current and incoming students at De Anza.
Projects and Accomplishments
Chosen Name and Pronoun Policy
Student 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