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A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.

-Author Unknown

Our Mission

The SJC Safe Zone Program provides advocacy and support for GLBTQ students, faculty and staff, while working to educate the wider SJC community about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (GLBTQ) issues. We welcome GLBTQ individuals into an environment where they know they can feel safe and not face discrimination due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Our Vision

We are guided by a vision of a campus community where every member has an equal opportunity to grow and learn in a safe and open environment. Through Safe Zone, we hope to promote a general atmosphere of respect on campus, an atmosphere that welcomes diversity in many forms.


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Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Safe Zone Program conducts Brown Bag Lunches in the CTX that take place the first Friday of every month at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. During Brown Bag lunches the group discusses and explores current issues regarding the GLBTQ community. Each lunch meeting is typically guided by a discussion topic and is always open to casual conversation. All students, faculty, staff and guests are welcome to bring their lunch and attend.

Next Year’s tentative Brown Bag topics will include:

  • GLBTQ Legal Issues
  • The History of the Gay Rights Movement
  • Lateral Violence
  • GLBTQ Health Concerns
  • GLBTQ Mental Health
  • GLBTQ Social Services Resources
  • Student Panels (Fall & Spring)

Panel discussion


What is A Safe Zone Ally?

All SJC Allies have attended a Safe Zone workshop and training to be better equipped to assist GLBTQ students when help is needed. Allies are there to support, advocate and provide resources to students in need. They have signed a pledge to be positive, accepting and supportive of GLBTQ individuals by providing a Safe Zone for all students. All allies will display the Safe Zone logo in a noticeable spot in their workplace.

What is the safe Zone SymboL?

The Safe Zone symbol is an upsidedown triangle with a horizontal rainbow stripes running through it. Above the triangle is the San Juan College logo.


Safe Zone Allies will display this logo in their window, on their desk or in another visible place in their office.




Program Coordinator:

Marcia Sterling-Penn


  • Stacey Allen
  • Kelly Anderson
  • Eric Bateman
  • Vanessa Bedonie
  • Elaine Benally
  • Michele Berkey
  • Sherrie Biringer
  • Ramsi Bodine
  • Stacey Bradley
  • Abby Calcote
  • Holly Caudillo
  • Erin Carney
  • Cruz Chacon
  • Keith Cochrane
  • Andrea Cooper
  • Liesl Dees
  • Carlton Downing
  • Linann Easley
  • David Eppich
  • Dr. Andrea Erickson
  • Penny Frost
  • Kate Fulton
  • Mabel Gonzalez
  • Melissa Gonzales
  • Traci Hales Vass
  • Taylor Haskell
  • Dr. Vicki Holmsten
  • Dr. Don Hyder
  • Aaron Joplin
  • Sandra Johnson
  • Virginia Jones
  • Christopher Keating
  • Ken Kernagis
  • Pete Kinnas
  • Mindi Kim Schrum
  • Marti Kirchmer
  • Jeanne Kofron
  • Jenny Lambert
  • Lynn Lane
  • Sarah Lare
  • Cori Mapp
  • Skylar Masten
  • Jennifer Martinez-Maestas
  • Nancy Mike
  • Dori Molletti
  • Terry Moody
  • Mollie Mook-Fiddler
  • Allan Nass
  • Tonya Nelson
  • Randy Pacheco
  • Dr. Judith Palier
  • Gregory Penn
  • Michelle Peterson
  • Elizabeth Phelps
  • Vonda Rabuck
  • Hannah Rankin
  • Lonnie Rednour
  • Terri Reherman
  • Dr. Kelly Robison
  • Amanda Robles
  • Nicki Roddy
  • Chris Schipper
  • Marcia Sterling-Penn
  • Stephanie Storhaug
  • Danielle Sullivan
  • Dr. Terry Swan
  • Michael Thompson
  • Lisa Wilson

Advisory Board:

  • Dr. Judith Palier (Co-Chair)
  • Marcia Sterling-Penn (Co-Chair)