- Academic and Professional Success
- Community Connections and Relationships
- Identity Exploration
- Leadership Development
- Social Justice
The Women’s Resource Center at San Diego State was established in 1974 by a coalition of womxn’s organizations on campus. Intended to serve as a link between the campus and the larger San Diego community, the Center offered a variety of programs and services for womxn students, including lectures, films, and workshops on topics such as career building, nutrition, entrepreneurship, and family issues. It also served as a resource and referral center, connecting womxn students with health clinics, support organizations, help centers, bookstores, legal services, and cultural programs. Informal peer counseling and referral counseling was available for students in need on a regularly scheduled basis. The Center maintained a small library of materials written by and for womxn, as well as consulting files of pamphlets, brochures, and flyers from a variety of organizations for womxn. Funded by the Associated Students, the Center had a small paid staff, as well as interns and volunteers. In addition to a film festival for womxn, the Center ran an annual Womxn’s Health Fair and Take Back the Night events, and coordinated a standing Rape Task Force on campus.
After a period of dormancy, the Center was reinvigorated and became the Andrea O’Donnell Womxn’s Outreach Association (WOA) in honor of a Women’s Studies major and Center student leader who was murdered by her boyfriend in 1995.
In July of 2014, a state audit found that SDSU faculty and staff were not properly trained to address sexual violence. Shortly thereafter, several high profile sexual violence cases took place on and near the SDSU campus. In response to this, WOA coordinated a march in protest of intimate partner violence. During the march, students walked down “fraternity row,” where a fraternity acted inappropriately and disrespectfully toward the marchers. As a result of these incidents, “Concerned Students of SDSU Members” presented a list of demands that included the opening of a Women’s Resource Center, and providing ongoing support, funding, and staffing to sexual violence programs. In 2015, the WRC opened and was temporarily housed in the Center for Intercultural Relations. In February of 2015, the WRC had its official grand opening!
Today, we are thrilled to honor the legacy of the WRC, and the students who worked hard to create a campus where womxn and marginalized folks could thrive.
Meet Our Staff
"Elzbeth grew up in both Tijuana, Mexico, and Chula Vista, California. She received a Bachelor's in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego, and a Master's in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs from SDSU. Elzbeth began working at the WRC in 2017, and is honored to continue being a part of such an empowering, loving, and resilient space. She is most passionate about intersectionality (particularly as it pertains to race and ethnicity), mental health, body politics, and feminist mentorship. Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldua, and Gloria Lucas are some of her feminist inspirations. Things that bring Elzbeth joy are talking about hamsters, reading inspirational quotes, and being a couch potato!
Lori is originally from Tampa, Florida, and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Mathematics. She received her Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University, where she wrote her master’s thesis on trans inclusion in women’s/gender equity centers on college campuses. Lori is passionate about queer and trans feminism and ending gender-based violence, and her feminist inspirations include Sara Ahmed, Angela Davis, and Dean Spade. Since 2018, Lori has overseen the Brave Project sexual violence prevention and education training and helped support students in their roles at the WRC. In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with her cat Mr. Darcy, reading books about vampires, and cooking.
Huma Ahmed-Ghosh is Professor in the Department of Women's Studies at SDSU. She is also Director of the Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies. She has published extensively on women in Afghanistan, Muslim women in India and in the US diaspora, domestic violence and on issues of ageing and gender in India. She edited 2 books titled, Contesting Feminisms: Gender and Islam in Asia and, Asian Muslim Women: Globalization and Local Realities (October 2015). Her current manuscript is on same sex love and desire among Muslims in Asia. She is currently on the Board for License to Freedom a refugee organization in San Diego focused on domestic violence.
Celine is a Chinese-Indonesian migrant-settler loving, working, organizing, practicing, and laughing on Kumeyaay land. She is interested in developing her intersectional feminist practice and taking direct action towards decolonization and transformative healing justice, supplemented by her studies in social psychology. She fiercely believes in other humans, and that community, love, and relationships we hold and build are the meaning of this life (in addition to improving existence for those younger and yet to come).
Shannon is a life-long San Diego resident and first year Women’s Studies graduate student. In 2019, she received her Bachelor’s degree Magna Cum Laude from the California State University San Marcos in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies. Shannon hopes to inspire, educate, and learn from her fellow students and community members on topics concerning us all. A dedicated Disney fan and self-proclaimed “ambivert”, Shannon enjoys watching movies, attending concerts, writing, and spending time with family.
Traviana M. Kazee
Traviana is a 1st year graduate student in the School Psychology program here at SDSU. She received her B.A in Psychology from SDSU. She labels herself as a “music connoisseur” so feel free to share what’s on your playlists. She believes education is the most powerful tool to be used when creating safe spaces in the world. When we acknowledge and understand the intersectionalities of all humans, we can fully be the change we seek.
Feminist Peer Educator:
Lisa is a fourth-year Vietnamese American from San Diego. She is majoring in Health Communication and minoring in Women’s Studies. By pursuing a career in health care in the future, she hopes to help with health disparities that affect minority groups. She was the Women’s and Gender Equity Mentor last year and now one of the Feminist Peer Educators. In her free time, she likes to journal, watch anime, and go on picnics.
Feminist Peer Educator:
Emma Bray is a 4th year Interdisciplinary Studies major, focusing on Biology, Public Health, and Women's studies. She is the fellows coordinator and this is her 2nd year as an FPE. After graduation, she is hoping to go to grad school for counseling. Her feminist passions include deconstructing diet culture, sex positivity and education, and using art as a way to build community and heal. She does hand embroidery, block printing, reads whenever she finds the time and always takes pictures of dogs that she sees on the street. She is also a proud plant mom with over 20 different plants (healthy and alive) in her apartment.
Feminist Peer Educator:
Operations & Social Media
Carolina Suno is a fourth year Psychology major with a minor in Women’s Studies and Spanish. She is from Imperial Beach but has also lived in Tijuana, Mexico. She hopes to bring awareness on the struggles that come with being a first generation Chicanx student in higher education. She is also passionate about mental health awareness, intersectionality, and social justice. One of the goals she has is pursuing a Master’s degree in counseling. In her free time she enjoys beach walks and finding new places to eat at!
Brooklyn is a second-year Communication major from San Diego. She was previously in WAGE and she served as a WRC Fellow. She is passionate about holding discussions on cultural identity, uplifting the voices of marginalized identities, healing as individuals and as communities, and applying an intersectional lens to the way that she views activism. Her free time is spent eating at new restaurants, filming, traveling, walking around the city, or attending cultural/arts/music festivals.
Carly is a graduating senior at SDSU, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with disciplines in Biology, Public Health, and Women's Studies. After obtaining her Bachelor's degree, she plans to attend medical school and become a Gynecologist. She hopes to use her education and platform to contribute to research and policy-making involving sexual health and reproductive healthcare. Her hobbies include hiking, swimming at the beach, eating brunch, and drinking coffee. Her favorite fruits are mangoes and tomatoes.
Doreen Hemmati is a 4th year Marketing major and honors interdisciplinary studies minor. Her passion for social justice began in high school and has grown ever since. Doreen is especially passionate about racial justice and youth advocacy. While she is currently studying business, she hopes to work with children or become a professor one day. When she is not at the WRC, she is involved with Womxn’s Outreach Association and Alpha Kappa Psi.
Hannah Marquez is a third year History Major, with an Interdisciplinary Studies minor in the Honors College. She takes pride in her hometown, San Diego, just like she takes pride in her Mexican roots. As a Chicana, Hannah is determined to help other first-generation Americans find a sense of belonging. In the future, Hannah aspires to work in Balboa Park’s museums. Everyone’s history deserves to be told, and she will make these educational institutions more accessible and intersectional. Hannah is also a passionate defender of libraries, food banks, and free tutoring programs. For fun, Hannah loves to read sci-fi novels, watch anime, and go hiking with her dog.
Meet Our Fellows
Claire is a fourth year Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences major from San Jose, CA. She plans on attending graduate school after SDSU to become a speech therapist. Claire is passionate about sexual violence advocacy, disability activism, and sex positivity. As a WRC fellow she hopes to be a safe space for anyone who enters to offer support, compassion, and resources. Claire believes that intersectional feminism belongs in every area of life and intends to bring positive change everywhere she goes, especially SDSU and her future place of employment.
Emily is one of the newest members of the WRC and is currently a senior at San Diego State! She is majoring in sociology in hopes to one day start her own non-profit aiding in bettering free access to menstrual products for women inside the prison system. She prides herself on her creative eye and her plant mom abilities. She is most looking forward to the day where she can attend another in person concert and hopefully travel to Europe to learn more about art history.
Gaby Alvarez Malo
"If you feel as though you don't belong in this world it's because you are here to create a better one." This is Gaby's ultimate goal in life. To leave this world a better place than she found it. To do this, she became an interdisciplinary studies student in the fields of film, Chicano studies, and sociology. She's also minoring in religious studies. She's passionate about period inequality in third world countries and sexual violence in borderlands. She wants to reform sex education and boost sex and body positivity. She wants to inspire people to love themselves.
Jeanette is a senior Journalism major at SDSU with a minor in Creative Editing and Publishing. She is passionate about telling stories, learning from others, and writing for a good cause. As a Fellow, Jeanette wants to provide support for others and start conversations about intersectional feminism, mental health awareness and environmental justice. When she’s not at the beach or listening to music, you can find her reading by the SDSU turtle pond.
Kitiara is a first-year Applied Communication major from San Diego. She became passionate about social justice during high school and enrolled in WAGE last semester to allow her to learn more. She loved being in WAGE and decided she wanted to get more involved by being a WRC Fellow. Some of Kitiara's passions include reproductive justice, racial justice, and deconstructing gender stereotypes. She hopes to have a career in the social justice field and to one day travel the world. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach and eating at new restaurants.
Lisa is a Vietnamese immigrant and a first-gen third-year student pursuing a major in Nursing and minor in Psychology from San Jose. Her feminist passions include violence against women, reproductive/women's health, and professional/personal growth. In her spare time, she enjoys doing art, reading, watching anime, and spending time with loved ones. After undergrad, she hopes to work with women and children in the hospital setting, perhaps in a labor and delivery unit.
Shiraz Nicpon is a 19 year old freshmen here at SDSU. She was raised in Anaheim, CA, but has also lived in the Bay area and in the San Diego area. Shiraz is a proud first generation American from an Iranian-Polish background. Not only does she love to travel, read, listen to music, and hang out with friends and family, but she is also passionate about reproductive rights, gender equality, and representation in the media.
Celine is currently an M.A. student in psychology conducting research related to belonging, safety, trust, and intergroup relations between intersecting/various marginalized identities. She believes that healing and liberation comes through community, and is interested in creating and supporting culturally- and identity-specific/centered programs and spaces. She wants to continually practice and learn ways to create equity through uplifting the voices and existences of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color and fighting to end gender-based violence.