About Us

The Women’s Resource Center at San Diego State University strives to provide a vibrant, brave, and inclusive space that educates, empowers, and advocates for women’s rights. The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) career staff and student leaders engage students in discourse and programs that help create a campus culture rooted in gender justice. The WRC team provides students with the tools and resources necessary to cultivate feminist leadership. The WRC partners and collaborates with faculty, staff, alumni, and community members, linking San Diego State University with the larger San Diego community. The WRC provides support to students facing gender-based oppression by creating an environment that fosters healing, intersectional feminist activism, and enhancement to students’ academic, personal, and professional success.  
  • 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 women’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 women 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 women 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 women, as well as consulting files of pamphlets, brochures, and flyers from a variety of organizations for women. 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 women, the Center ran an annual Women’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 Women’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 women and marginalized folks could thrive.


Meet Our Staff


Elzbeth Islas M.A.


Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

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.


Alex Aikyo M.A.

Assistant Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Alex Aikyo received her BS in Advertising from the University of Colorado Boulder and her MA in Higher Education Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. Her work in university Women's Centers at an undergraduate, graduate, and professional level has fueled a lifelong passion for building feminist, anti-racist, and trauma-informed spaces within higher education. Outside of the WRC, you can find Alex drawing comics, taking naps with her dog, trying out new recipes, or geeking out about queerness in animation and video games. 


Amanda Beardsley PhD

Cayleff & Sakai Faculty Scholar

Pronouns: She/Her

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 Banaag M.Ed.

Assistant Coordinator

Pronouns: She/They

Celeste is a proud, queer, bi-racial, daughter of immigrants and first gen scholar. Celeste received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona and a Master's in Higher Education from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Her passion to pursue a student affairs career began with her involvement in identity-based student organizations and peer mentorship programs. Celeste is most passionate about intersectionality, mental health, mentorship, and intergenerational healing. In her free time she likes to daydream in bookshops where she almost never leaves empty handed, and spend quality time with her loved ones, often over a meal. 



Meet our Graduate Assistants


Aurora Valdez De La Torre

Graduate Assistant: Women and Gender Equity Lead
Pronouns: She/They
Aurora Valdez (she/they) is a first generation college student in the Women's Studies masters program. She received her BS at SDSU majoring in Critical Studies of Television, Film and New Media with minors in Women’s Studies, and Chicana/o studies. Having returned to SDSU her graduate research focuses on undocumented people and folks from mixed-status families. Aurora loves being outdoors and hanging out with her dog Luna!

Desiree Santos

Graduate Assistant: Pregnant and Parenting Student Initiative Lead
Pronouns: She/Her
Desiree is a graduate student in the Public Health program at SDSU. She is sensibly taking a slower route to graduation to be emotionally and physically present for her 7-year-old daughter. She has a passion for making life easier for pregnant and parenting students and has found solace in her work at the WRC and in various programs such as the Pregnant and parenting Student Initiatives (PPSI). In Desiree’s free time she is most likely to be found engaging in outdoor activities with family. Her favorite saying is “health is wealth”.

Vale Magaña

Graduate Assistant: Brave Project Lead
Prounouns: They/Them
Vale Isela Magaña (they/them/elle) is a first generation college student earning their Masters in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at SDSU. Originally from San José, CA, Vale received their Bachelors of Arts in Comparative Literature from San José State. Their research focuses on abolitionist approaches to interpersonal violence, specifically critiquing academic insutitions' uses of law enforcement in response to campus sexual assault. For fun, Vale enjoys bird watching, reading feminist memoirs, and relaxing with their tuxedo cat rescue, Lolo.

Meet our Feminist Peer Educators


Grayce Honsa

Outreach Lead
Pronouns: They/She
Grayce Honsa is a double-major in Political Science & Women’s Studies, graduating in Spring 2024. They will be working for their third year as a Resident Advisor on-campus as well as an Outreach Lead at the Women’s Resource Center. Grayce has a passion for social justice that intersects with political activism to make revolutionary change. They are committed to abolitionist and environmentalist feminisms that are evident through their work. Grayce’s goal is to create meaningful change through creative and diverse community-building.

Jacqueline Nguyen

Fellows Lead
Pronouns: She/Her
Jacqueline is a third-year student majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience and minoring in Sociology. She is passionate about criminal justice, mental health, and social equality, and strives to help tackle systemic oppressions within the medical and legal systems. At the WRC, she hopes to empower and support students of marginalized identities to create a safe environment at SDSU. In her free time, she enjoys trying new food/drink places, art and history, traveling, reading, and going out.

Jasleen Kalra

Social Media Lead
Pronouns: She/Her
Jasleen is a third-year pursuing her bachelor degree in business marketing and minor in communication. This is her second year working at the WRC as she was a WAGE mentor last year. She is passionate about mental health, reproductive justice, and gender equality. In her free time she loves to travel, go to the beach, eat, and try new hobbies! She is very excited to be working with the WRC again and to continue to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space at SDSU!

Meet our WAGE Mentors


Angelica Castillo

WAGE Mentor
Pronouns: She/Her
Angelica is a third-year Art History major with a minor in Women’s Studies from San Diego. As a Filipina-American with immigrant parents and an advocate for the arts, Angelica is continuously looking for ways to diversify the future. She is passionate about using feminism to advocate for decolonization, community building, and serving underrepresented groups. Angelica is excited to be returning to the WRC as a WAGE Mentor and to continue supporting others within the space!

Elana Dayen

WAGE Mentor
Pronouns: She/Her
Elana is a sophomore at SDSU majoring in Psychology. She has always been an advocate for gender equity and social justice. In high school, she was part of clubs including Girls Empowerment Project and Girls Achieving in Non-Traditional Subjects. Going into college, Elana then joined the WAGE learning community, and with this wanted to be more involved in women's and gender rights as well as advocating for social justice in today’s society. In her free time, she loves learning, singing, writing poetry and short stories, and cooking/baking.

Ella Leeb

WAGE Mentor
Pronouns: She/Her
Ella is a second-year psychology major who is pursuing a women’s studies minor. She was born in Austria and moved to the Bay Area at a young age. She has a love for languages and is fluent in German and currently studying Spanish. She loves to read, travel, paint, watch movies, and try out new coffee places. She is very passionate about learning new things and can’t wait to learn more while working at the WRC!

Jenae Dellafosse

WAGE Mentor
Pronouns: She/Her
Jenae Dellafosse is currently a senior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Women’s Studies. As well as being a WAGE Mentor, Jenae is also an SDSU Ambassador and serves as an official student representative, tour guide and orientation leader of San Diego State University. Some of her hobbies include: journaling, going to the beach, listening to music, meditation, walking and much more.

Mara Flores

WAGE Mentor
Pronouns: She/Her
Mara is a transferred first-generation Electrical Engineering major. She is passionate about gender equity in STEM, social justice, and intersectional feminism. In the future, she wants to create safe spaces to learn and grow for underrepresented women such as first-generation Latinx students, who have been discouraged to pursue a male-dominated major such as engineering. She enjoys baking, watching new series, and movies. She also loves attending concerts, and festivals in her spare time.

Ruby Rubio

WAGE Mentor
Pronouns: She/Her
Ruby Rubio is a senior at SDSU who is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Sociology. She
transferred from Cañada College, where she earned associate degrees in Sociology and
Psychology. Ruby is passionate about various causes, including environmental justice,
reproductive rights, and racial justice. Despite often being introverted, she is thrilled to help and
meet new people. Ruby aims to work towards creating a safer environment at SDSU for
under-resourced and underprivileged communities during her time at the WRC.