San Diego Miramar College welcomes and celebrates all members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies!
It’s now possible to change your preferred name on campus rosters, ID cards, and in the Canvas learning system! Please visit your Student Portal in Campus Solutions (mySDCCD) > Student Profile > Personal Information > Names > Preferred Name.
A dead name is defined as the birth, legal, or "given" name of a person who has changed their name. The term is primarily used in the LGBTQIA+ community to affirm one's gender expression and identity, allowing folx to go by their chosen name instead of their given name. A chosen name can help folx, and the people in their lives begin to see them as the gender they know themselves to be.
Completing a legal name change can help people who are transgender avoid every day "deadnaming" when presenting their IDs, such as at hospitals or schools. However, attaining a legal name change can be time-consuming, expensive, and subject LGBTQIA+ people to further discrimination.
What is Deadnaming?
Deadnaming occurs when someone refers, intentionally or not, to someone by a name assigned to them at birth. A person may decide to no longer use their birth or legal name, choosing a name that better aligns with their identity - also known as a chosen name. When someone uses a person's dead name after being asked not to, we call it "deadnaming" because the person they once were is "dead," but this person is alive and here.
According to California law, your legal name must remain on some of your school records, including your transcript and degree or certificate. If you are interested in changing your name (or gender) legally, you can find details about that process here.
Update Your Pronouns
In Canvas students are able to select their pronouns. Students have the option to choose between the following pronouns on Canvas:
- Ze (or Zie) / Zir (or Hir)
- E/Ey/ Em/Eir
- She and They
- He and They
- Use my name
- Any / All
Want to Know More About Pronouns?
The following are some useful resources for pronoun usage for people who identify as trans or non-binary/gender non-conforming.
- Pronouns: A Resource for Educators (GLSEN)
- Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) Gender Pronouns Chart
Filing an Incident Report
The San Diego Community College District is committed to providing a safe and equitable learning and working environment for all students and employees, free from sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and any other sex-based or gender-based misconduct. Any incident committed on District property or at a District sponsored event or activity may be reported directly to the campus Title IX Deputy, Dean of Student Affairs in K-210 at 619-388-7313 or the District Title IX Coordinator at 619-388-6805.
- File a Gender or Sexuality Based Incident Report Here
- Sexual or Gender Harassment/Violence Resource Guide
3 Single-stall Restrooms - LLRC 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floor
2 Family Restrooms - Campus Pool Deck
San Diego Miramar College hosts a scholarship awards ceremony every spring, when dozens of scholarship awards are given to students. The LGBTQ+ Alliance sponsors one annual scholarship of $100 for students who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Applications will be available in the fall on the Miramar College Scholarship web page, or contact the Scholarship office for more information.
Rainbow Commencement Stoles
The Miramar College bookstore has rainbow commencement stoles available to purchase and wear at commencement for students and faculty. The stoles are worn over regalia (commencement robes).
San Diego Miramar College is an LGBTQ Safe Campus
Safe Zone Trainings are held on campus for faculty, classified professionals, administrators, student workers, and anyone who would like to attend with the goal of learning how to help create an inclusive learning environment at Miramar College. The two-hour training is tailored to the classroom and college environment. After the training, participants will receive a Safe Zone trained sticker.
View a List of Safe Zone Trained Miramar College Employees or Add Your Name to an Interest List for Future Safe Zone Trainings. For questions about the Safe Zone Trained list, please contact Lagonzal@sdccd.edu.
Miramar College’s LGBTQ+ Alliance is a cross-campus task force of faculty, classified professionals, students, and administrators whose goal is to create a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment for all members of the LGBTQ+ community on campus. For more information, please contact Laura González at Lagonzal@sdccd.edu or Anna Liza Manzo at firstname.lastname@example.org.