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LGBTQ+ Program

The LGBTQ+ Program is committed to the success of all Cerritos College constituents, especially its LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty. Its main objective is to assure that LGBTQ+ students have the necessary support systems at Cerritos, in and out of the classroom. 

Location: Santa Barbara Building

Student Equity Website: https://www.cerritos.edu/student-equity/default.htm

To schedule an appointment, please contact the LGBTQ+ Program Facilitator, Antonio “Nío”, at lgbtq@cerritos.edu.

Programs & Services: 

LGBTQ+ Student Success Planning

The LGBTQ+ Program offers hands-on student success planning for LGBTQ+ students. LGBTQ+ students experience unique barriers that may prevent them from accomplishing certain academic goals they set. The LGBTQ+ Program offers support around achieving these goals despite the challenging circumstances that present themselves. 

Examples of LGBTQ+ Student Success Planning:

  • Financial aid resource linkage, including LGBTQ-specific scholarship opportunities and dependency appeal.
  • Guidance to gender inclusive restrooms available to students at Cerritos College.
  • Techniques of stress or distress mitigation through the Community Resiliency Model (CRM).
  • Identity navigation and/ or finding allies on campus.
  • Assistance navigating internal and external resources, including but not limited to affirming health/ mental health provider(s).

Preferred Name Change Requests:

We recognize the importance of asserting the name one comes forth with. Sometimes, this is one’s legal name -- not always. The LGBTQ+ Program is committed to maintaining and fostering the integrity around this important affirmation. Students and employees may submit a preferred name change form that reflects their truth. Please note that one’s preferred name cannot be reflected on items or documents deemed “legal” to which your legal name is attached. Visit this webpage for the Preferred Name Change form and additional information!

Digital Outlist

There are many LGBTQ+ champions here at Cerritos College, as reflected in our campus Outlist! This list is comprised of LGBTQ+ (including allied) students, staff, and faculty aiming to increase the visibility of LGBTQ+ identities on campus by self-disclosing and making themselves accessible to those needing support. Please, contact the LGBTQ Program Facilitator if you would like to access, or be added to The Outlist.  

Professional Development & Allyship Trainings for Staff, Faculty, Administrators, and External Organizations: 

Safe Zone training is an opportunity to increase awareness among Cerritos College faculty, staff, and administrators; and to make classrooms or areas of service more inclusive. Employees who participate in the Safe Zone training will gain knowledge and skills to foster a supportive and safe atmosphere for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, managers, and staff.  

The LGBTQ+ Program is available to conduct professional development trainings pertaining to LGBTQ+ cultural competency for classroom settings and other spaces that serve LGBTQ+ students. These trainings can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.  

The LGBTQ+ Program is committed to ensuring that LGBTQ+ students have the necessary support systems at Cerritos, in and out of the classroom. Should anyone need assistance finding that support, the LGBTQ+ Program can speak on a variety of LGBTQ+ related topics. Some of our presentations include: 

  • LGBTQ+ Allyship 101 (Student Advocacy)
  • LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum
  • Transgender Ally Training
  • Working with LGBTQ+ Young Adults
  • Community Resiliency Model (CRM)

Outreach

Cerritos College is more than happy to come to your class or queer-affirming space(s) or organization(s) to speak on some of the services offered to LGBTQ+ individuals on campus. We love resource fairs and any opportunity to provide resources and information to LGBTQ+ students and allies! Please, contact the Program Facilitator to schedule a time to provide your organization with resources.

Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities are limitless. There are thousands of dollars in free money waiting for you to apply. Take a look at this scholarship for LGBTQ+ students and allies. Other scholarships housed under The Foundation at Cerritos College can be found here:

Additional Resources (Local/ Linkage): 

  • Local LGBTQ+ Community Centers
    • The LA LGBT Center
    • The LGBTQ Center Long Beach
    • The OC LGBT Center
  • Organizations with specialized LGBTQ+ training
    • APLA Health
    • Beauty Schools Directory
    • Bienestar
    • Mental Health America, Los Angeles
    • Trans Life Line
    • TransCanWork
    • We Exist

FALL Office Hours  

The LGBTQ+ Program Facilitator will be on campus for office hours from Monday - Friday for the fall semester. Availability varies. To schedule an appointment, please contact the LGBTQ+ Program Facilitator, Antonio “Nío”, at lgbtq@cerritos.edu.

You may follow the LGBTQ+ Program on Instagram at the handle: @cerritoscollegelgbtq.

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