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Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)


GSA tabling on campus

About GSA: 

Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is a club under Santa Monica College’s Inter-Club Council (ICC) led by LGBTQIA+ student board members and advisers. 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. We are a family-oriented club in the sense that we are accepting of anyone and everyone (including questioning individuals and allies) who comes through our door so come on down and join the family! For more GSA club information, please refer down below: GSA Club Constitution  


How to Become a Member 

Simply join any of our meetings! We recommend that new members email us at to join our email list for all future club updates and events. We hope to see new and returning students! 



Get in Touch! 

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GSA Board (2020-21) 

GSA Board 2020-2021

  • Vice President: Catherine Lee (she/her/hers)
  • ICC Delegate: Jesus Esparza (he/him/his)
  • Club Secretary: Lexi Lopez (she/her/hers)
  • Social Media Director: Morgaine Ryan (she/her/hers)
  • Treasurer: Nicholas Grant (he/him/his)

Meet the GSA Advisors

Steph M. Anderson, PhD (they/them)

Steph M. Anderson, PhD (they/them)


Commonly referred to as “Anderson” by students, Steph has been involved in LGBTQ+ community both personally and professionally throughout their life. Prior to joining the SMC community, Steph lived and taught in New York City where they helped establish the Pride Basketball League NYC Women’s+ Division and served on the PBLNYC Board of Directors. Trained as a social psychologist, during their tenure on the board, Steph was instrumental in collecting and analyzing data to assist the league in becoming more gender expansive. Steph is also passionate about documenting and celebrating queer lives. Born out of their love for the PBLNYC, Steph filmed and produced the documentary short, Purple Shoelaces. The film examines central questions of identity and belonging in gay-identified sports and premiered at HBO in 2012. Professionally, Steph’s psychological research examines how gender expression and race shape the type of discrimination experienced by LGBTQ+ individuals and how we interpret negative events when they occur. At SMC, Steph teaches courses in the psychology department, including the “Psychology of Human Sexuality” (PSYCH25), “Social Psychology” (PSYCH13), and “Introduction to Psychology” (PSYCH1).

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

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


A self-identified Puerto Rican femme lesbian, Dr. Westerband has been involved in LGBTQ+ community organizing for over 20+ years. Her commitment to LGBTQ+ activism began as an undergraduate student at UCSB, where she was involved in her campus “Queer Student Union” and was a member of the drag king troupe, “Disposable Boy Toys.” Since then, she has worked in community organizing in the fields of sexual assault prevention, health education, and working with LGBTQ+ youth. Prior to coming to SMC, Dr. Westerband taught at other institutions such as UCLA, Compton College, Santa Ana College, and Cal State Dominguez Hills. Additionally, she has also worked in academic programs such as the McNair Scholars Program at Cal State Fullerton. She is the lead faculty member in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at SMC, where she teaches courses such as “Introduction to LGBTQ Studies,” and “Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies,” and “Women, Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture.”


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