About Diversity Collective Ventura County

About Us

Diversity Collective Ventura County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is solely dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ community throughout Ventura County and surrounding areas. Driven by our board of directors and highly qualified staff, we strengthen our community by providing programs, resources, and outreach events. Diversity Collective's Community Resource Center is a safe, inclusive, and affirming space for all LGBTQ+ people and their allies.

Mission:
Providing advocacy, visibility, safety, and wellness for the LGBTQ+ community.

Vision:
A Ventura County community where LGBTQ+ individuals, inclusive of all intersecting identities, have immediate access to needed services, are celebrated, and treated with equity and respect.

Our Values:

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Our Community Resource Center is the proud home of our programs such as Rainbow Umbrella, Little Unicorns, Outspoken, VENXS, and Pride Nook.  We are also creators of Diversity SHINES, our STI/HIV screening, education, and prevention program.  We provide cultural competency intensive training, specifically grounded in Ventura County statistics and values.  Diversity Collective hosts Ventura County Pride, World AIDS Day, Pride Prom, and Diversity Gala, as well as participating in community outreach events.

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News & Updates

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Diversity SHINES T-Shirt Design Contest

Calling all artists! It is time to get creative and show the community your skills! Diversity SHINES…

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Venxs – Sun 7/21

Join Venxs for a game night. All femmes and thems welcome. We’ll be playing Telestrations. Be prepared…

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Pride Nook Reading List (July ’24 – Jan ’25)

Below is the List the of books the Pride Nook will be reading through the end of…

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Free HIV & STI Screening

Upcoming Testing Day: August 1st Do you know your status? Schedule a FREE confidential screening at our…

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Pride Month Events

There are three more events this weekend to close out Pride Month: June is Pride Month and…

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Little Unicorns – Sat 6/29

Join Little Unicorns on Saturday, June 29th from 1 – 3pm at Oxnard Pride! Mary and Thomas…

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Community Resource Center

Our Community Resource Center provides a safe space for the LGBTQIA community of Ventura County. Our staff and volunteers support the health and wellness of the most marginalized, advocate for equality and justice through civic engagement, and work to build a culturally rich community through various groups and classes. At the Diversity Collective Community Resource Center, we strengthen, support, and connect our LGBTQIA community. Together we all thrive.

General Office Hours

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Weekdays  |  CALL US  |  GET DIRECTIONS

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Upcoming Meetings & Events

Meet Our Team

Board of Directors

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Roland
Catabona
President
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Luis
Andrade
Vice-President
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Patricia
Logan
Treasurer
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Tie
Gutierrez
Director
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Dowtin
Secretary
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The Queen
Director
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Holmes
Director
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Travis
Aldavé
Director
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Staff Directory

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Executive Director
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Edgar Euan
Community Outreach Coordinator
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Thomas Valenzuela
Youth Programs Coordinator
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Trisha Mejia
Community Outreach Assistant
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Andrea Robles
Office Coordinator
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Meet Our Sponsors

Our sponsors help to fund programs and events that promote diversity through education-focused community outreach, which will allow the development of programs that will eventually translate into greater mental and physical wellness for the LGBT community.

Interested in partnering with us?

Contact Us

Please contact us via phone, mail, or email using the form below. To get involved by volunteering, sponsoring or donating to the Diversity Collective, please check out our Get Involved page.

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We do what we do, because of you.

Diversity Collective of Ventura County is able to help our community because of our incredible network of supporters including sponsors, donors and volunteers. Without you all, we would not exist. If the Diversity Collective has made an impact on your life, or in the life of someone you love, consider supporting our case in whatever way you are able. We sincerely appreciate you.

Thank You to Our Partners & Sponsors