- 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 Tijuana and Chula Vista, received her Bachelor's in Ethnic Studies from UCSD, and her 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 passionate about intersectionality, particularly as it pertains to race and ethnicity, mental health and mental illness, body politics, and feminist mentorship. Her feminist inspirations include Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldua, and Gloria Lucas. Elzbeth’s hobbies include 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
Alyssa is a senior at SDSU majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with disciplines in Psychology, Biology, and Women’s Studies. She is hoping to attend graduate school and pursue a career in therapy after SDSU. Alyssa is passionate about feminist issues, especially education and prevention of gender-based violence as well as support for survivors of it. She grew up in San Diego and after 3 years attending the University of Nebraska, she is glad to be home with her family, friends, dogs, and rabbit..
Angelyne is a third-year Psychology major with minors in Cultural Proficiency and Women Studies at SDSU. Her hobbies include going to the beach, trying new vegetarian foods, and exploring new places. She is currently a Resident Advisor for the Residential Education Office on campus. Angelyne is passionate about working towards social justice, body positivity, making sure women know the importance of healthy relationships and reproductive justice.
Cristina Garza is a first generation sophomore majoring in psychology. Born and raised in San Diego and coming from a Mexican household Cristina wants to learn more about the role of feminism in the Mexican and Chicanx culture. After a semester of being a volunteer for the WRC, Cristina has appreciated and enjoyed being able to be part of a safe and empowering space, she is now excited to have the opportunity to continue her feminist journey as a fellow.
Cristina Salvatierra is a first-generation Chicanx feminist born and raised in Los Angeles. She is a third year STEM student pursuing a BS in Kinesiology. She hopes to go to grad school in her journey to become a licensed Physical or Occupational Therapist. She is passionate about being healthy in the mind and in the body as much as she is about intersectional social justice issues. At the WRC, Cristina hopes to foster an environment that helps people heal from personal trauma and practice radical self love.
Heera Sankar is a second-year Communication Studies Major at SDSU with a minor in Sociology. She is extremely passionate about sex positivity and deconstructing the colonial lens in present-day society. As a first-generation Indian-American, Heera ardently educates people about her culture. She is rather enthusiastic to be a fellow at the WRC after being able to volunteer the past semester and aspires to be able to educate individuals as well as gain knowledge as well. After getting her Bachelors’s degree, she plans to go to grad school, get an MBA, and hopefully have a successful career in Public Relations. In her free time, Heera enjoys reading poetry, watching cute dog videos on all social media platforms, and napping.
Nicole is a second-year student majoring in Social Work. She is a proud Latina born and raised in the San Diego area but frequently goes to Rosarito. She is passionate about creating positive change in the world one step at a time as well as providing support, compassion, and resources to whoever may need it. She also works with the youth all around San Diego County with SD Nights. Nicole loves to travel, play sports, and is always willing to try new things.
Tuulia is a fourth year Political Science major with a minor in Women's Studies. She is the President of Ignite at SDSU, that encourages young women to run for office and plans to become a political leader herself. As a Fellow, Tuulia wants to educate SDSU students about intersectionality and other social justice issues. She plans to go to law school and run for office to continue working towards social justice.
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.