Business Services

What Does LGBTQIA+ Mean?

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and beyond. The term LGBTQIA+, which is often shortened to LGBTQ+, represents a highly diverse group of people covering a wide array of sexual orientations, gender identities, as well as people who are intersex. The term LGBTQ+ encompasses  people from every culture, age, socio-economic status, and life experience. If you’d like to learn more about these terms, please visit The GLAAD Media Reference Guide.

First Name Campaign

The District is committed to continually working toward the goal of safe and inclusive campuses and classroom environments.  We are proud to say that support for our LGBTQ+ students continues to grow every year. In June 2019, the District launched the First Name Campaign, which is available to all students, but is of particular benefit to transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive students who go by a name other than their legal name. This may be a chosen name or nickname, and once entered in MySite, it will appear throughout almost all of our systems in place of the student’s legal name.
First Name Campaign

Support Available at Our Colleges

LGBTQ+ Liaisons serve as a contact point for  students and employees who are looking for culturally competent support and resources. These liaisons act in accordance with California Education Code 66271.2 which requires all California community college campuses to have a specific contact person for LGBTQIA+ needs.
ATEP Campus: Debbie Vanschoelandt (949-367-8310 |, Dean of Career and Continuing Education and Integrated Design, Engineering and Automation 
Irvine Valley College: Erin Pollard ( Interim Manager of the Student Equity Programs
Saddleback College: Georgina Guy (949-582-4738 x4738 |, Dean of Student Equity and Special Programs

This Affinity Group is comprised of individuals who advise the district on operations - such as planning, hiring, or funding - that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the district and in support of the LGBTQIA+ community. The group helps to connect the LGBTQIA+ community of professionals and allies and will assist individuals to be more productive and successful in career and life endeavors.

Visit the Affinity Group LGBTQIA+ page to read the group's goals, find a list of allies, and for more information:

Pride ScholarsPride Scholars provides support for self-identifying LGBTQ+ students and allies. Coordinated through the Office of Student Equity, Pride Scholars hosts several events though the year, including:
• Campus events, such as National Coming Out Day and Pride Celebration.
• Monthly group meetings called “Lavender Chats” aim to build community and support on campus.
• Support is available for students to attend conferences and events specific to the queer community.
• Pride Scholars Program Scholarships.
• One-on-one personal, career and academic counseling provided by a Pride Scholars Counselor.

Please contact the appropriate office to learn about the on campus clubs and be connected with your campus’ GSA faculty Advisor
• Irvine Valley College: Office of Student Life, 949-451-5507,
• Saddleback College: Student Development Office, 949-582-4616,

In accordance with California Law AB 1732 all single use restrooms have been made available to people of all genders. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to use the restrooms that best fit their gender identity. All-gender restrooms are open to all persons on campus who would like to use them. All-gender restrooms are marked on campus maps
Irvine Valley College Campus Map
• Saddleback College Campus Map
ATEP Campus Map

Training for Staff and Faculty on LGBTQ+ Issues

Safe Space Saddleback CollegeSafe Space Irvine Valley CollegeThe District regularly provides Safe Space Training opportunities to faculty, staff, and students. Training participants deepen their knowledge of gender and sexual diversity, respectful and gender-affirming communication, and supportive and inclusive techniques for the classroom. Active allyship is also highlighted to empower both students and employees to make positive impacts to their campus communities. Please contact  Human Resources Director, Employer/Employee Relations and Compliance Ettie Graham to schedule a training session for your department.

One of the best ways we can become better allies to a community is to continually increase our education . Remember, educating one’s self as an ally is like bridge painting. As soon as you feel you are done, it’s time to start over again. Here are some ways to increase your LGBTQ+ cultural competency:
1. Attend a Safe Space Training on your campus
2. Contact your LGBTQ+ Campus Liaison for details and how to contribute to be an active ally on your campus
         ATEP Campus: Debbie Vanschoelandt Dean of Career and Continuing Education and Integrated Design, Engineering and Automation 
         Irvine Valley College: Erin Pollard, Interim Coordinator Equity Programs
         Saddleback College: Georgina Guy, Dean of Student Equity and Special Programs
3. Complete the “LGBTQ on Campus for Faculty and Staff” on line training by Kognito
4. Use bias-free language
        - Instead of “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” try “partner” or “relationship”
        - Use “they” pronouns until you’ve learned which pronouns that person likes to use for themself
        - Instead of “Ladies and gentlemen” try “students,” “scholars,” “writers,” “future scientists,” etc
        - Instead of “you guys” try “you all” or  “everyone”
        - Use diverse examples in class that feature LGBTQ+ experiences as well as many others.

The video training series, Implicit Bias is a 7-part video course (35 minutes total) accessed through the Learning worklet in Workday (requires sign on).

CHOC Gender, Puberty and Sex Development Program
Medical psychological, and support services to children and teens of transgender and intersex experience

The LGBT Center of OC
Counseling Services, Community, Support, Education and more

LGBTQ+ Medical Care, counseling, support groups, trainings, and more

Support for the friends and family members of LGBTQIA+ people

PFLAG South OC Chapter

PFLAG Newport Beach

Radiant Health Centers
Mental health, HIV testing, and more for LGBTQ+

Shanti Orange County
Mental Health for LGBTQ+

TG Rainbow Support Group
An all-inclusive transgender support group, friends, family, and allies welcome

UCI Pediatric Gender Diversity Program
Interdisciplinary program dedicated to caring for trans and gender expansive persons up to age 26