Student Equity Center

Gender Equity Center


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The Gender Equity Center is dedicated to creating an equitable community at SMC by addressing and challenging gender inequity through education, empowerment of women, consciousness raising, activism, and allyship.​

We can do this by actively:

  • Advancing authentic dialogue regarding systemic gender inequities  
  • Developing programs to promote gender equity through an intersectional lens 
  • Offering resources to create/promote/build feminist, womxnist, and mujerista movements
  • Advocating for gender equity by organizing and participating in social and activist movements 
  • Welcoming and building allyship in support of gender equity
  • Building and establishing partnerships with SMC groups and community agencies to support and achieve gender equality


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We want to support everyone in our community by talking about what is important to you and by giving resources that can give you the help you need.


Downtown Woman's Center

The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) envisions a Los Angeles with every woman housed and on a path to personal stability. Its mission is to end homelessness for women in greater Los Angeles through housing, wellness, employment, and advocacy.

Visit the Downtown Women's Center

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National Organization for Women NOW

As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States.

Visit the National Organization for Women


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Kimberlé Crenshaw

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw is an American lawyer, civil rights advocate, philosopher, and a leading scholar of critical race theory who developed the theory of intersectionality. She is a full-time professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, where she specializes in race and gender issues

Link to Kimberlé Crenshaw Twitter

Link to Kimberlé Crenshaw TedTalk

Social Media Activism

  • This is an easy way to take action. Be intentional about posting authenticated news articles, petitions, websites, and more that help bring exposure to police brutality and anti-black violence. Here are a few tips.
  • Don't be silent on social media. Speak up. Use your platform to seek justice for George Floyd. If you are uncomfortable writing something yourself then repost someone else's words.
  • When you donate, share the link on your social channels to inspire followers. 
  • Resharing photos or videos of protestors could get them in trouble with the law. Think carefully before reposting any video where law enforcement could I.D. someone.

Campus Clubs

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Corsair Consent Coalition (CCC) Club

Corsair Consent Coalition (CCC) is to create a safe, inclusive campus for students of all gender expressions and sexual orientations by educating our campus community on issues surrounding sexual assault and violence. Corsair Consent Coalition is committed to combating sexual violence, educating students, and creating a supportive environment for survivors and allies. CCC will partner with on- and off-campus community resources in an effort to educate on the topics of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and healthy sexuality

Every other Friday  |  11:30pm - 12:15 p.m.  |  Free  |  Email for Zoom Link

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Period @ Santa Monica College Club


PERIOD is a youth-fueled nonprofit that strives to eradicate period poverty and stigma through service, education, and advocacy. Through the distribution of menstrual products, promotion of youth leadership, and championing of menstrual equity in policy, PERIOD aims to center those disproportionately affected by period poverty and support local efforts for menstrual equity. To end period poverty and stigma through education, advocacy, and service

Mondays  |  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. |  Free  |  Email for Zoom Link

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Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club

GSA strives to create an inclusive environment where students of ALL sexual orientations, gender identities, ethnicities, religions, ages, and other intersectional backgrounds can come together as a community to create awareness and fight inequality at SMC.

Thursdays  |  11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Email for Zoom Link


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 Programs and Services

The Racial Justice Center will have a robust programming model that supports interdisciplinary research and education on the physical, social, political, historical, cultural, and economic experiences of the Black, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and other communities. 
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Processing the Verdict: Reflection, Healing, and Coming Together for Racial Justice

Response to the Derek Chauvin trial verdict handed down on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 20, 2021. These sessions are open to the entire SMC community: Students, Staff, Faculty, and Administrators are invited to join in this process.

Read more on resources and responses to the Derek Chauvin verdict


Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Broadly, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry analyzing social justice in the structures of power, especially as they are grounded in gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, ability, and other inequalities, and as they configure historical and contemporary struggles for social change.

Read more about Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


The Gender Equity Center will foster student success and retention by creating a designated space for the safe expression of gender identity, the creation and dissemination of knowledge, inquiry, and education with regards to gender and sexuality, sexual assault and harassment services and education, and as a platform for research and professional development for students with regards to gender expression and inclusion.


SMC Statement on Reproductive Rights and Justice




Contact the Gender Equity Center

Shannon Herbert

English Professor 

(310) 434-8839


Debra Joseph-Locke

EOPS/CARE Supervisor, Guardian Scholar Coordinator

(310) 434-4449

Liliana Mendez-Pascual (Student)

Media Studies major transferring to UC Berkeley


Lisa Winter

Assistant Director, Human Resources, Compliance and Title IX

(310) 434 4225