San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) has a long history of welcoming all populations to achieve their academic and professional goals regardless of racial and cultural identity, religious background, economic status, sexual orientation and gender choice. SDCE serves nearly 40,000 students annually and strives to foster a climate of inclusion and purpose.
California was made the second state in the United States to adopt a non-binary gender marker on state documents under the Senate Bill 179 (SB 179) or the Gender Recognition Act. SB 179 was signed into law on October 15, 2017 and will go into effect next month on January 1, 2019, making it accessible for all people who identify outside of the traditional conceptions of strictly either female or male to obtain legal documents that reflect their genders.
We acknowledge that our community members have been affected by the current administration as they move to define sex as either male or female, unchangeable and determined at birth. The State of California has separate laws and policies in place to recognize and protect non-binary individuals. These policies would remain in place and all SDCE campuses will continue to be an inclusive, welcoming and safe space for all.
I am proud to represent SDCE as a member of the Board of Directors for The Trevor Project, a national nonprofit LGBTQ suicide prevention organization which is leading efforts to legislate protections for all individuals regardless of their gender or sexual identity.
SDCE’s Six Pillars advocate to strengthen the intellectual and emotional security for students and faculty, classified professionals and administrators. The San Diego Community College District offers employees an Assistance Program through Optum.