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women's resource center

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Campus Resources

Department of Women’s Studies
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. 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.
LGBT Studies
San Diego State University is only the second college or university in North America to have a major in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies, beginning in January 2012. SDSU has also had a minor in LGBT Studies since fall 2009, and now has a Graduate-Level Certificate in LGBT Studies. LGBT Studies is an interdisciplinary program, not affiliated with any one department. Courses offered include LGBT literature, history of sexuality, media and sexuality, psychology of human sexual behavior, sexuality in modern society, valuing human diversity, lesbian lives and cultures, among many others. There are also over a dozen internships in LGBT organizations.
Pride Center
The Pride Center at San Diego State University creates, sustains, and strengthens an open, inclusive, safe, and affirming gathering space and campus environment for persons of all sexual and gender identities and their allies. As an entity of Student Life & Leadership, The Pride Center advocates for social justice and equality, for a campus climate free of prejudice and oppression, for community building, and for the celebration of SDSU’s rich cultural and social diversity.

Center for Intercultural Relations
The Center for Intercultural Relations researches, designs and implements unique programs that promote the appreciation of cultural diversity and fosters intercultural and cross cultural understanding. They work in conjunction with a number of university departments and colleges to conduct programs related to recruitment, orientation, retention and graduation of underrepresented student populations in addition to academic, personal, professional and cultural development, which foster skills and strategies for being successful at SDSU.
Counseling and Psychological Services
The goal at Counseling & Psychological Services (C&PS) is to help students benefit fully from their college experience by supporting the personal, social, and emotional well-being of all students at SDSU. Our services for students include short-term individual, couples and group counseling, as well as crisis intervention. They also provide consultation and referral services to students, staff, faculty and parents.
Safe Zones
In 2007 a series of homophobic events on the SDSU campus highlighted the need for a program that actively promoted a safe, LGBTQQIA-affirmative environment. A coalition was formed in response to these events that has grown into SafeZones@SDSU ally trainings, resource fairs, internships and a campus and community-based support network. SDSU now has a 5-Star LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index rating from Campus Pride. SafeZones@SDSU works to ensure a campus atmosphere that is welcoming, informative, educational, and safe for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally (LGBTQQIA) students, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the campus community.



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For more information contact:
Women's Resource Center
5121 Campanile Drive (Next to the Pride Center on the corner of Lindo Paseo and Campanile)  |  (619) 594-2304

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, WRC Coordinator, or stop by our new location!