Gender and Sexuality Studies Action Committee

Gender and Sexuality Studies Action Committee



To support and promote the study of gender and sexuality in both its academic and extra-curricular activities at Saddleback College. This includes the development of an interdisciplinary curriculum that seeks to examine the ways in which race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and other experiences intersect with gender and how these perspectives shape our lives. We are committed to both campus awareness and community activism surrounding gender issues and to the development and maintenance of resources for the use of faculty, staff, and students on campus.



The Gender and Sexuality Studies Action Committee meets monthly on Thursdays from 4-5 pm.

For more information, contact Christina Ghanbarpour at


Current Membership


Allison Camelot, SBS

Claire Cesareo, SBS
April Cubbage, SBS
Christina Ghanbarpour, SBS
Felix Lamorena, SBS
Margot Lovett, SBS


Upcoming Events


April 10, 2019, 12;00-1:30 pm, UC Irvine Open House for Future Transfer Students (3341 Humanities Gateway, UC Irvine campus) - Join the UC Irvine Gender and Sexuality Studies Department for lunch, an info session, and a Q&A with professors and current students. RSVP at

March 2, 2019,  9am-2 pm on the Saddleback main campus, Festival of the Hearts. Join us for our second annual festival to promote safe dating, social media and cyber awareness. $10 includes breakfast and lunch; free parking. Live music, food, giveaways, raffles and educational workshops; registration will be open from 8 am to 9 am. Open to the public. 

Past Events


February 14, 2019, 12:00-1:15 pm, SSC 212, viewing of the documentary “The Year We Thought about Love.” A Boston high school LGBTQ+ youth theater troupe explore race, sex, religion, and coming out through theater.


October 25, 2018, 9:00-11:45 am, SSC 212,  “UnSlut: A Documentary,” documentary viewing and discussion with director Emily Lindin. "UnSlut: A Documentary" is the story of six women whose lives changed dramatically after being labeled "sluts." The film explores school bullying, social media, the mainstream press, criminal investigations and deep-seated beliefs about women's and men's roles in society. This event features a showing of the film and a Q&A and film workshop with director Emily Lindin. Event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact View the trailer for the film here:


October 18th, 2018, 3:00-4:00 pm, “Healthy Relationships,” Jennifer Ponce of Laura’s House. Women's and Gender Studies Action Committee celebrates and supports healthy relationships by hosting a special interactive lecture on what makes a healthy relationship and how to identify and avoid toxic relationships.


August 29, 2018, 8:30-9:30, and August 30, 2018, 8:30-10:30, BGS 330,  “Grab ‘n Go Breakfast for SBS Majors,” Dr. Christina Ghanbarpour,  Chair of Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Saddleback College.


Resources - Provides leadership, scholarships, workshops and support for women's issues. Membership is free to all Saddleback students.

Maryville University Scholarships and Grants Aimed for Women - Lists resources for women going into a variety of careers.

Domestic Violence Recovery

Laura's House - Domestic Violence Shelter, Outreach and Hotline

Sexual Assault Victim Services of Orange County, Community Service Programs - Providing 24 hour hotline crisis counseling, crisis intervention, support groups, referrals, emergency assistance and advocacy

Sociologists for Women in Society - An organization of social scientists fostering social equality for women - Provides locations of Drug Treatment Centers. - Facts and data on "the glass ceiling," the barrier that bars women from advancing into the highest levels of political and economic life