Student Equity Center

SMC Student Voices

SMC is a diverse community, read about our students

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One Campus, Many Voices

SMC Student Lexi Lopez

Lexi Lopez (she/her/hers)

GSA Club Secretary

It is so important to have safe, inclusive spaces on college campuses. Santa Monica College has been dedicated to forming these spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community within the Student Equity Center and with their Gender Sexuality Alliance club. These spaces have created a hub where students and faculty of all identities can come together in love and support to share stories, find resources, and continue to learn and grow.

SMC Student Liliana

Liliana Mendez-Pascual

Media Studies Major

I would like to quote from Gloria Steinem. “A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”

SMC Student Nicole

Nicole Eng

Graphic Design Major

As a member of the Racial Justice Center, I bring back what I learn while participating here as well as my perspective as an Asian American woman as a lens for thinking about design.  Design that draws from diverse perspectives is not just good design, but it’s often much more interesting as well. 

Kris Bumford

Kris Bumford (he/him)

Graphic Design Major

I absolutely love my LGBTQ+ community and seeing that Santa Monica College is dedicated to giving us space and a voice on campus makes me extremely excited and happy for the future of both communities. 

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.  - Aesop


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Marbi-An Tejas

Administrative Justice Major

"My time spent at Santa Monica has been nothing but positive vibes because of the support given to me since day one. I thought that going to college was a waste of time and because of my status I was not qualified but turns out I was wrong. I was browsing the SMC website and happened to stumble upon a header that said DREAM program. I was cautious at first because we had an administration that was really targeting the undocumented community, so it was really scary to say I am undocumented, but I got to know that Dream Resource Center people are very trustworthy, and they provided me with a lot of resources and I'm very thankful for this. "