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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 received a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego, and an MA in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs from SDSU. She began working at the WRC in 2017, and is honored to continue being a part of such an empowering, loving, and resilient space. Outside of her work at the WRC, Elzbeth is also a part of the SDSU Latina Network, and she has the privilege of being their Director of Recording. She is most passionate about intersectionality, mental health, body politics, and feminist mentorship. On a personal note, Elzbeth adores hamsters, inspirational quotes, and iced coffee.
Amanda Beardsley received her Ph.D. in Art History from Binghamton University in 2019 and is a lecturer in Women’s Studies at San Diego State University. She has taught courses and written on the intersection between science and religion, feminist media theory and history, community activism, art history, and gender and sound studies. She has recently published articles in Technology and Culture and Nineteenth Century Studies that address the gendered implications of architectural acoustics and visual media within American religion. Amanda is a fan of cats, sci-fi, and the beach.
Celeste grew up in San Dimas, CA and got her Bachelor’s from Cal Poly Pomona in 2017. During her time in undergrad she was involved in various student organizations, especially Pilipinx- and Latinx-led affinity groups. She is a proud queer, Mexipina, first-generation daughter of immigrants who recently graduated with her Master's in Higher Education from UNC Greensboro. In her free time she likes to bullet journal at her local coffee shop and spend quality time with her friends, often over a meal. Celeste is so happy to be back in her home state to take on her new role at the WRC.
Daniela was born in Guatemala & is very proud of her chapína culture. She later moved to Los Angeles & has also lived in Houston. She recently graduated from SDSU with a BA in International Security & Conflict Resolution. She loves swimming in the ocean, cuddling with her kitten Mariposa, & taking care of her many plants at home. She’s passionate about social justice, intersectional feminism, & serving underrepresented immigrants & communities.
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