Meet Lee Amethyst

MiraCosta College District is proud to announce Lee Amethyst as the 2018–2019 student trustee. The LGBTQIA leader is the first transgender student on the district’s board to represent students. 


“Lee has a proven record of leadership among students and in the LGBTQIA community. We are excited for her and for the district as it takes a leading role in welcoming a richly diverse community of students to our campus,” said David Broad, president of the MiraCosta College District Board of Trustees.


For more than three years, Lee has been a leader at MiraCosta College. She has served as founder and president of the Saranghae K-Pop Club, ASG vice president of programming at the Oceanside Campus, an LGBTQ+ youth advocate, president of the LGBTx+ Spectrum Caucus of the Student Senate of California Community Colleges, and member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.


In 2016 she received the President’s Bronze Service Award for her more than 100 hours of service to the community


To be a good leader, Lee believes one should be transparent, accountable and “must mean what you say and say what you mean.”


“What you see is what you get. Having these qualities fosters a faithful following, because those you lead will have no reason to distrust you,” says Amethyst. 


MiraCosta College has been a leader in serving the LGBTQIA community. Last year, the MiraCosta College faculty and student body funded the nation’s first scholarship for transgender students. The Trans* Pride Scholarship is awarded every year to a transgender member of the community.


The college also offers the Gender Sexuality Alliance scholarship, the Queer and Trans People of Color scholarship, and the Joe Maak & Pride Resource Partners LLC scholarship.


For more information about these scholarships, visit the MiraCosta College Scholarship web page.


To make a tax-deductible donation to any of these scholarships, please visit MiraCosta College Foundation website.