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2nd Annual Celebration of LGBTQIA+ High School, Junior High, and Middle School Graduates

July 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT
Online Event Free
The Safe Schools Project of Santa Cruz County has planned a virtual celebration to honor our 2021 LGBTQIA+ graduates together and allow for all of their family and friends to join us in watching the celebration.
Stream the event virtually at SafeSchoolsProject.org
Hosted by Lucia Umeki-Martinez, they/them, she/her, he/him, Student, Watsonville High School
LGBTQIA+ Keynote Speaker:
–  Jorge Pacheco Jr., he/him/his, Indigenous Native Studies Teacher, President at California Latino School Boards Association, President at Oak Grove School District Board of Education, and Co-founder of the Digital Equity Coalition
LGBTQIA+ Guest Speakers:
  • Adrian Elizalde, he/him/his, Watsonville High School Class of 2021, Yale Class of 2025, Poet
  • Dr. Brian Arao, he/him/his, Associate Dean of Students at UC Santa Cruz
  • Gaby Preciado M.S., she/her/hers, Program Coordinator, Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center at UC Santa Cruz
  • Jen Salinas-Holz, she/her/ella, Site Technology Support Technician, Pájaro Valley Unified School District | GSA/QSA Advisor | PVUSD LGBTQ Task Force
  • Marie Harrison, she/her, they/them, Student, Soquel High School
  • Melissa S. Bernstein, she/her/ella, Member of the Santa Cruz Dyke Trans March Collective
  • Michael Vargas, he/him/his, Senior Associate Attorney, Rimon, P.C. and Lecturer, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Vnes, they/them/she/her, Concierge, Santa Cruz Downtown Association
Performances by:
  • Blue Distefano
  • Gaby Preciado M.S.


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Co-sponsored, in part, by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE) and the Safe Schools Project of Santa Cruz County
July 11, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Nonprofit Connection Santa Cruz County is a 501(c)3 corporation, Federal Tax ID# 87-2130376