Jean Miller Resource Room
for Women, Gender, and Sexuality

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The Jean Miller Resource Room for Women, Gender, and Sexuality works to ensure students, faculty and staff on the De Anza campus are free to self-determine their gender and sexual identities, regardless of income, race, or ability, and without facing harassment, coercion, discrimination or violence.

We especially welcome students, staff and faculty from the LGBTTIQQ2SA to visit us and build with us!

Chesa Caparas
Faculty Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her/Herself
caparasfrancesca@fhda.edu
Phone: 408-864-8284 

Chesa is the Faculty Coordinator of the Jean Miller Resource Room. She also teaches classes in English and Intercultural Studies. In her classes and her community work, she uses an intersectional feminist framework to resist systems of inequality. Her research interests include hip-hop pedagogy, representations of women in pop culture, and post-humanism in the digital age. She loves art, music, and food, and tries to incorporate all of these things into the work she does.

Fall 2018 Events

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We advocate for a radically inclusive campus environment that is safe, equitable and just by placing the needs of historically marginalized people and communities at the center of our work.

How to Reach Us

Chesa Caparas- JMRR Faculty Coordinator: caparasfranscesca@deanza.edu

Office Hours: Mondays 11am-6pm and Wednesdays 11:00am-2pm

Email us! jeanmillerresourceroom@deanza.edu

Call us! 408.864.8284 or 408.864.5636

Visit us! We're in MLC 250 – on the second floor of the Media & Learning Center – inside the Office of Equity.

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Local LGBTQQI+ Resources 

You'll find more sources of help and information on this LGBTQQI+ Resources webpage

General Campus Resources

  • The Child Development Center accepts children 18 months to five years of age, from families affiliated with De Anza College as well as the general public.
  • Disability Support Services assists students who have physical, psychological or other disabilities, vision, hearing impairments or ADD/ADHD.
  • Gay and Lesbian Employees and Friends (GALEAF): Contact Dorene Novotny at novotnydorene@fhda.edu for more information.
  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms are located in the East Cottage (ECOT 1), Multicultural Center (MCC), PE Quad 5 (PE 5), and G Building (G). See campus map
  • Student Health Services provides free and low-cost services to all students, including physical exams, emergency contraception, flu shots and birth control.
  • Student Psychological Services provides free, confidential psychological counseling to students, during daytime hours. For 24-hour services, see the resources listed above or below.

Additional Resources

Crisis Hotlines

Domestic Violence (multiple languages)

Health (including contraception, HIV services)

District Policy on Harassment and Discrimination

Please see the following policy documents for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Our History

In 2013, students in the Latino Empowerment at De Anza (LEAD) program conducted campuswide surveys and secured funding through DASB to establish the Jean Miller Resource Room for Women, Gender and Sexuality.  

Named after De Anza educator and activist Jean Miller, the Resource Room was created to centralize and provide resources, training, and programming aimed at increasing awareness and advocating for issues around the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, class, and disability. 

Miller was a beloved educator here at De Anza College. She was a mentor not only to students but also to her colleagues, including faculty and staff.

Born and raised in Denver, Miller worked in a variety of jobs over a 20-year period, before she became an educator. She sold office supplies, wrote legal briefs, modeled for students at art schools, sold magazine subscriptions and wrote computer code. During those two decades, she also participated in social movements, advocating for peace, civil rights, women's rights and gay rights.

Around the time her son turned 12, Miller went back to school. She earned a bachelor’s degree from New College of California and a master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University. She began teaching English at De Anza in fall 1989.

The JMRR represents Jean Miller's legacy to current and incoming students at De Anza.

Our Accomplishments

PronounsChosen Name and Pronoun Policy

JMRR interns Nahielly Torres, Mei Suzuki, and Matthew Travers, created the Chosen Name and Pronoun Policy which allows students across the De Anza and Foothill campuses to identify their chosen name and pronoun on campus documents, especially class rosters, preventing the trauma and anxiety that comes with being miss-represented in the classroom or when seeking services on campus.

Preferred Name Change Form 

Queer Intervention Task‐Force (QIT)

The Queer Intervention Task‐force (QIT) is a coalition of engaged students, faculty, and community activists addressing intersectional equity issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer students at De Anza College.Through transformative change, we aim to create a safer, more inclusive campus for LGBTQ identified people.QIT is an Equity Action Council Advisory Group. 

QIT was founded in June 2015 by student intern Maximus Grisso and a group of students and faculty concerned with De Anza College LGBTQ equity and campus safety. From this initial meeting, the group produced a list of Goals & Objectives for De Anza College. Since then, QIT picked up the Chosen Name and Pronoun Policy project, originally started by the Jean Miller Resource Room, and the Equity Action Council adopted QIT as an Advisory Group. QIT goals were:

  • To increase LGBTQ equity at De Anza College

  • To centralize De Anza College LGBTQ programing, activism, and advocacy

  • To follow through the Chosen Name and Pronoun Policy in a accessible, sensitive way

  • To create an inclusive, welcoming campus for LGBTQ identified individuals

  • To facilitate LGBTQ staff development and ally work

Queer and Now Conference (QN)

In 2015, the college hosted the first Queer and Now Conference featuring workshops led by speakers from the larger LGBTQ community. Watch a short video here.

Ask a Student Web Series

Pronouns & Chosen Name Policy

 Working Class Students & Intersectionality

Campus Safety

2015/2016 Events

Clothesline Project (Part of Take Back the Night)

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