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 trans 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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News & Events

SMC Pride Week Schedule

SMC/GSA Pride Week

Join us for Pride Week

May 17-21

GSA + the SEC Pride Center are proud to announce our Pride Week events. Be a part of movie night, safe zone workshop, rainbow room party and more! Registration link below to join each event.
*make sure you check your email after registering, you will get the zoom links there*

Register here

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, 2021 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 will provide 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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Steph Anderson, PhD (they/she)

Pride Center Lead

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Yamissette Westerband, PhD (she/her)

Pride Center Committee Member

Safe Zone Initiative co-lead

Associate Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies