Staff Members of the WRC 

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 womxn’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 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 Islas
Elzbeth Islas, M.A.
Director
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Lori Loftin
Lori Loftin, M.A.
Assistant Director
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Dr. Huma
Dr. Huma Ahmed-Ghosh
Feminist Faculty Scholar 
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Celine Jusuf
Celine Jusuf
Graduate Assistant
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Shannon Gallagher
Shannon Gallacher
Graduate Assistant 
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Traviana Kazee
Traviana M. Kazee
Graduate Assistant
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Lisa Nguyen
Lisa Nguyen
Feminist Peer Educator:
Volunteer Coordinator
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Emma Bray
Emma Bray
Feminist Peer Educator:
Fellows Coordinator
She/Her/Hers

Carolina Suno
Carolina Suno
Feminist Peer Educator:
Operations & Social Media
She/Her/Hers

Brooklyn Goodwin
Brooklyn Goodwin 
WAGE Mentor
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Carly DaCosta
Carly DaCosta
WAGE Mentor
She/Her/Hers

Doreen Hemmati
Doreen Hemmati
WAGE Mentor
She/Her/Hers

Hannah Marquez
Hannah Marquez
WAGE Mentor
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Meet Our Fellows

Alyssa Kuck
Alyssa Kuck
She/Her/Hers

 Angelyne Loiselle
Angelyne Loiselle
She/Her/Hers

Cristina Garza
Cristina Garza
She/Her/Hers

Cristina Salvatierra
Cristina Salvatierra
She/Her/Hers

Heera Sankar
Heera Sankar
She/Her/Hers

Nicole Romero
Nicole Romero
She/Her/Hers

Tuulia Candido
Tuulia Candido
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