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Exciting News!

Announcing the Opening of the
Women’s Resource Center

San Diego State University is thrilled to announce the opening of the Women’s Resource Center on campus. The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) will provide a vibrant, brave, and inclusive space that educates, empowers, and advocates for women’s rights and issues. The WRC also works to establish a campus culture that values women’s intersecting identities, while acknowledging the diversity of genders in a changing world. The WRC supports students’ personal, academic, and professional success through a unique lens that is focused on women’s issues.

While the WRC space is being renovated, we are temporarily housed in the Center for Intercultural Relations (Aztec Union, Suite 250). Beginning in December 2015, the WRC will be located directly next door to the Pride Center on Campanile Drive and will offer students space for studying, meetings, and events.  Please stay tuned for more information as the WRC begins to develop.

If you are interested in more information about the WRC or want to be added to our email list, please be in touch with Jessica Nare, the WRC Coordinator or stop by our temporary space in the Aztec Union! 

SDSU established a department of Women's Studies in 1970, making it the oldest program in the United States. The Women's Studies Department has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in its curriculum and faculty. SDSU offers students a unique opportunity to pursue a coherent and independent course of study leading to a degree in Women's Studies.

Women's Studies is a rigorous interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and transnational discipline rooted in feminist theory and shaped by the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences, as well as movements for social justice. It places women's lives at the center of its attention, examining the experience of women through the lens of gender, and attending to ways gender intersects with other social categories such as race, class, nationality/ethnicity and sexuality.

Women's Studies challenges patriarchal norms that subordinate women in many spheres of endeavor. Feminist scholarship and teaching provide students with effective tools to dialogue across difference, restructure knowledge, and participate in the process of social change. The program cultivates skills in writing, research and presentation, and provides opportunities to engage in feminist activism locally, nationally, and internationally through travel/study, community-based service learning, and internships in various organizations.

News and Upcoming Events

Department of Women’s Studies and Center for Bread and Roses 2015-16 Colloquium Series: The Energy of Social Transformation, Healing, and the Erotic: Feminist/Womanist/Social Justice Perspectives

Fall 2015

October 21, Noon to 2:00pm. Professor Huma Ahmed-Ghosh. Book Release Celebration: Contesting Feminisms: Gender and Islam in Asia and Asian Muslim Women: Globalization and Local Realities.

November 10, 7 - 9pm. Cristina Beltran on Women and Politics.

Learn more


Contact Information

Department of Women's Studies
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-6030
Department Office: AL 346 View Map
Phone: (619) 594-6524
Fax: (619) 594-5218

Department Chair
Huma Ahmed-Ghosh

Administrative Coordinator
Teddi Brock

Graduate Advisor
Esther Rothblum

Undergraduate Advisor
Doreen Mattingly