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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.



Current SJC Allies

Program Coordinator:

Holly Caudillo


  • Stacey Allen
  • Kelly Anderson
  • Dana Ashley
  • Eric Bateman
  • Michele Berkey
  • Stacey Bradley
  • Sherrie Biringer
  • Sharon Brown
  • Abby Calcote
  • Erin Carney
  • Theresa Carson
  • Cruz Chacon
  • Dr. Andrea Cooper
  • Liesl Dees
  • Carlton Downing
  • Linann Easley
  • David Eppich
  • Dr. Andrea Erickson
  • Kate Fulton
  • Sharen Glade
  • Debbie Gonzales
  • Melissa Gonzales
  • Mabel Gonzalez
  • Traci Hales Vass
  • Taylor Haskell
  • Dr. Vicki Holmsten
  • Dr. Sher Hruska
  • Jeremy Hyde
  • Dr. Don Hyder
  • Aaron Joplin
  • Ken Kernagis
  • Pete Kinnas
  • Jeanne Kofron
  • Jenny Lambert
  • Lynn Lane
  • Diana Lang
  • Sarah Lare
  • Kate Leach
  • Cori Mapp
  • Skylar Masten
  • Jennifer Martinez-Maestas
  • Dr. Virgil Mathes
  • Dr. Ramsi McGhee
  • Jeremyah Merritt
  • Dori Molletti
  • Allan Nass
  • Tonya Nelson
  • Randy Pacheco
  • Dr. Judith Palier
  • Michelle Peterson
  • Elizabeth Phelps
  • Vonda Rabuck
  • Krista Rainwater
  • Terri Reherman
  • Dr. Kelly Robison
  • Nicki Roddy
  • Chris Schipper
  • Marcia Serling-Penn
  • Mindi Kim Schrum
  • Stephanie Storhaug
  • Danielle Sullivan
  • Dr. Terry Swan
  • Mip Van Suchtelen
  • Harold Tso
  • Jenia Walters
  • Lisa Wilson


Advisory Board:

  • Dr. Judith Palier (Co-Chair)
  • Marcia Sterling-Penn (Co-Chair)
  • Greg Gomez
  • Dr. Sher Hruska
  • Aaron Joplin
  • Jeremyah Merritt
  • Krista Rainwater