Pride Support and Resources

What is the Pride Center?

The Pride Center fosters a safe space on campus for LGBTQ+ students to work on their personal educational goals in a safe and discreet environment. Our goal is to empower students by providing resources that specialize in the needs of our diverse Queer community.

Contact the Pride Center

Where Can You Meet Your Peers?


Rainbow Alliance

The Rainbow Alliance is a student club established to create community for LGBTQ+ students and straight allies. Club activities and events are centered around activism, support groups, social activities, and/or tolerance and education. The Pride Center and Rainbow Alliance are wonderful places for students to have a safe place to be their authentic selves and build a community on the Sierra College campus.

Fall 2021 meetings will be in-person
Tuesdays, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: Pride Center, Rocklin Campus
Faculty Advisor: Tamal Wright

Upcoming Meetings and Events   Stay Connected Through Discord

Student Clubs

Student clubs are great opportunities to develop interests and socialize. View a list of existing Rocklin Campus Clubs or Nevada County Campus Clubs.

Student Engagement Centers

Student Engagement Centers are where all student-scholars can engage in solidarity, empowerment, and community. The SECs offer intersectional programs and services that include and are not limited to cross cultural, LGBTQ+, and gender identities with historically marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented student-scholars. The SECs, which serve as brave spaces across our campuses and surrounding communities, provide student employment, leadership opportunities, and co-curricular programming that advance equity and inclusion of all student-scholars.

LGBTQ+ Glossary

The terms and definitions are always evolving and changing and often mean different things to different people. They are provided below as a starting point for discussion and understanding. This Glossary has been collectively built and created by the staff members of the UC Davis LGBTQIA+ Resource Center since the early 2000s.

These are not universal definitions. This glossary is provided to help give others a more thorough but not entirely comprehensive understanding of the significance of these terms. You may even consider asking someone what they mean when they use a term, especially when they use it to describe their identity. Ultimately it is most important that each individual define themselves for themselves and therefore also define a term for themselves.

UC Davis LGBTQIA+ Resource Center: Glossary

What Does the Safe Space Sticker Mean?

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Have you seen these Safe Space training stickers around campus or on email footers? These symbols indicate that the faculty or staff member has gone through the campus Safe Space training. Once a faculty or staff member successfully completes the Safe Space training, and demonstrates that they can provide a place that all students can be their authentic selves, they receive the coveted Safe Space sticker/email marker.

For many students, the presence of allies to whom they can turn for support—or even the simple knowledge that allies exist—can be a big factor in developing a positive sense of self, building community, coping with bias, and working to improve school climate. Look for those symbols around campus and see each one as a sign of support for YOU!

Want to Take Classes or Get a Degree in LGBT Studies?

Are you passionate about social justice? Learn about the history of sexual orientation and gender identities. Study politics, film, literature and more. 

Featured classes:
  • LGBT 0001 - Introduction to LGBT Studies/Queer Theory
  • LGBT 0002 - Queer (LGBTIQ) Film History
  • LGBT 0010 - LGBT Narratives
  • PSYC 0130 - Human Sexuality

Learn more about the LGBT Studies Program

How to Change Your Name

Sierra College recognizes that many students use preferred names rather than legal names to identify themselves. You are able to update your preferred name by submitting the form to the Admissions and Records Office via email to: enrollmentservices@sierracollege.edu. If you have questions or need additional support, please contact an advocate.

Gender-Neutral Restrooms on the Rocklin Campus

The gender-neutral restrooms can be in the following areas on the Rocklin Campus:

Building Location Number of Restrooms
D Building - Walker Hall 2 total - upper floor, lower floor
F Building - Environmental Sciences 2 total
I Building - Classrooms 1 total
L Building - Winstead Center 2 total - near quad
LRC Building - Library 2 total - 2nd floor, 4th floor
U Building - Administration, Human Resources, Business Office 3 total - U17, U18, HR area
X Building - Warehouse, Shipping/Receiving 2 total
Y Building - Facilities, Transportation 1 total
Athletics 2 total - Tennis Courts
1 total - Pool Deck
1 total - Between Baseball and Football fields

Campus and Community Resources

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Tamal Wright, English Faculty Member, Spectrum Chairperson & Rainbow Alliance Faculty Advisor
Email: twonnell1@sierracollege.edu

Tamalpais Wright (formerly Wonnell) is an English instructor and the faculty advisor for Rainbow Alliance. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, the support that Rainbow Alliance offers students is deeply personal to me. Outside of my career at Sierra College, I enjoy running long distances and attempting to successfully raise three kids as a single parent.

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Stephanie Coday, Human Sexuality and Psychology Professor
Email: scoday@sierracollege.edu

Stephanie has been teaching at Sierra College since 2003 and teaches Psychology and Human Sexuality. She is an alumni of Sierra College and then received her Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. Stephanie is passionate about her work on campus to make sure that all students have a place of community, belonging, acceptance, and compassion. Outside of the classroom, Stephanie is often on a baseball or soccer field with her kids, eating out at a favorite local restaurant, or sweating in a good cardio-weight class.


Adriana Lopez portrait

Adriana Lopez, Language and Literature Counselor, Co-Coordinator for Puente, and Faculty Co-Advisor to the Puente Club
Email: alopez43@sierracollege.edu

Adriana has an MS in Counseling from Oklahoma State University and a BA in Psychology, Minor in Business, and Ethnic Studies Certificate from the University of San Francisco. As part of LGBTQ+ community, Adriana is passionate about supporting LGBTQ+ students and the intersectionalities of their identities. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and going to concerts.


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Johnnie Terry, LGBTQ+ Studies Professor
Email: jterry@sierracollege.edu

Johnnie Terry teaches LGBTQ+ Studies, Humanities and Philosophy, and has an MA from San Diego State University in Philosophy with a thesis on Queer Theory. Johnnie loves helping LGBTQ+ students make progress on their academic goals! In his free time, Johnnie is active in the Sacramento LGBTQ+ Community and he serves as a Regional Director for the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges. Additionally, he enjoys painting, spending time with his three adult sons and their important people, and his pet African Grey Parrots and dogs.


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Natalie Sherrell, Lead Counselor: CARE Team and Title IX Campus Advocate
Email: nsherrell@sierracollege.edu

Natalie is a Counselor, Title IX Campus Advocate, and teaches Stress & Well-Being at the Rocklin Campus. Natalie earned a BA in Psychology from Sacramento State University and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the California School of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining Sierra College as a part-time counselor in 2015, she worked in community mental health, patient advocacy, hospice and bereavement therapy, and as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in a private practice providing therapy to individuals and couples. In 2017, the Lead Title IX Campus Advocate and Lead Behavioral Intervention CARE Team Counselor position opened which blended her passion for working with students, counseling, advocacy, and mental health and wellness.


Allie Aguilar portrait

Allie Aguilar, (NCC) Special Populations Counselor: CARE Team & Title IX Campus Advocate
Email: aaguilar8@sierracollege.edu

Allie has been a Counselor and Instructor at the Nevada County Campus for the past 7 years. Allie holds a BS in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University and an MS in Career Counseling from Sac State. Allie is passionate about assisting students to reach their academic and career potential by offering support, advocacy and counseling. She enjoys spending time with her family (two busy toddlers), camping, eating yummy food, and volunteering in her community.


Nicki Riley portrait

Nicki Riley, Support Specialist, Success Center
Email: nriley@sierracollege.edu

Nicki is a Student Support Specialist for Visual and Performing Arts in the Sierra College Success Center and a member our SPECTRUM committee. Nicki holds a degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences and has worked in Student Services at Sierra College for over 13 years providing support to our diverse student population. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Nicki is passionate about helping our LGBTQ+ student thrive. Outside her career, her interests include: social justice, collecting art, plants, drinking lots of coffee, traveling, and any outdoor adventures.

  • Feb 12 - National Freedom to Marry Day
  • Mar 31 - Transgender Day of Visibility
  • Apr 8 - Day of Silence
  • May 16 - National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day
  • May 22 - Harvey Milk Day
  • Sept 23 - Celebrate Bisexuality Day
  • Oct 19 - LGBT Center Awareness Day
  • Oct 21 - Spirit Day
  • Nov 20 - Transgender Day of Remembrance

Contact Us

Contact the Pride Center

Location: I-4
Email: sec@sierracollege.edu

Please email us to reserve the space.

 

Contact the Success Center

Rocklin Campus LR 444
Email: successcenter@sierracollege.edu
Phone: (916) 660-7520
Fall Hours
M-Th: 8:00am - 5:00pm
F: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Learn more about the Success Center