Student Equity Center

Pride Center


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The Santa Monica College Pride center is dedicated to honoring and prioritizing intersectional LGBTQ+ identities. We are committed to improving campus culture where all queer and transgender students can celebrate and embody their holistic selves.

At the Pride Center, we:

  • Strive to create a safe inclusive environment for students, staff, faculty and community members
  • Foster self-love, self-acceptance, and individual growth
  • Advocate for and with LGBTQ+ people
  • Educate about our complex histories, acknowledge our struggles, and celebrate our triumphs
  • Build greater understanding and facilitate conversations around sexual orientation, gender identities, and gender expression
  • Embrace that our work is ongoing and our language is ever evolving!

Unapologetically, queer, proud, fearless, authentic

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SMC/GSA Pride Week

Join us for Pride Week

May 10-20, 2022

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GSA + the SEC Pride Center are proud to announce our Pride Week events. Be a part of an open mic night, workshops, performances and more!

Link for more information on this year's lineup.

Photo courtesy of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia Committee

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

A worldwide Celebration of Sexual and Gender Diversities, May 17 

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBTQ rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTQ rights work worldwide.

More about this day

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The Pride Center provides a platform for political activism and social change and locus of services for LGBTQ+ students and staff, geared toward their academic success, retention, and health and well-being.

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Yamissette Westerband, MA, MSW, PhD (she/her)

Pride Center Faculty Lead

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Associate Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

*During Summer and Winter Session, please reach out to our Center's email: 


Thomas Bui, MA (he/him)

Student Equity Center Project Manager