About Diversity Collective Ventura County

About Us

Diversity Collective is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit governed by a volunteer board of directors and volunteer advisory board. Our mission is providing advocacy, visibility, safety, and wellness for the  LGBTQ+ community. We do this work via our community resource center, programs, and community-building events.

Our Vision is 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 are:

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Diversity Collective Ventura County is the proud home of support groups such as Little Unicorns,  the Rainbow Umbrella Program that focuses on youth 13 to 23, our men's group OutSpoken, and our book club, the Pride Nook. We are also home to our HIV and AIDS Education and Prevention Program. We host Ventura County Pride, AIDS Walk Ventura, the Diversity Gala, Pride Prom Ventura, and many other events and activities weekly, monthly and yearly. All proceeds raised through our fundraising efforts go to fund our community resource center, programs, and events.

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News & Updates

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Little Unicorns – Sat 5/25

Join Little Unicorns on Saturday, May 25th from 1 – 3pm for a beach outing and adventure….

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Free HIV & STI Screening

Upcoming Testing Day: May 20th Do you know your status? Schedule a FREE confidential screening at our…

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Venxs – Thurs 5/23

Join Diversity Collective for May’s full moon celebration. This month we will be holding a special Venxs…

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Rainbow Umbrella East

The first Thursday of the month we hold Rainbow Umbrella East, presented by Coalition for Family Harmony,…

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Little Unicorns – Sat 4/27

Join Little Unicorns on Saturday, April 27th from 1 – 3pm at our Community Resource Center. We…

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Venxs – Tues 4/23

Join Venxs – a full moon gathering for all womxn – on Tuesday, April 23rd from 6-7:30pm…

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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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Andrade
Vice-President
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Logan
Treasurer
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Tie
Gutierrez
Director
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Dowtin
Secretary
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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