Meet Our Staff (Fall 2014)

Dr. Jenny Whyte is the Director of the Women’s Resource Center at CSU Dominguez Hills. She comes to Dominguez Hills after leading the Women’s Resource Center at Fresno State for 6 ½ years. She has worked with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault in both the community and in higher education for nearly 15 years. California is her chosen home of residence. Her research has been on equity and access in higher education.

 Jenny Whyte

Joan Budesa is Faculty Fellow at the Women’s Resource Center and Lecturer in the Sociology Department at California State University Dominguez Hills. Her overall research centers on the transformations of gender and sexuality politics in post-socialist Eastern Europe. Currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, her dissertation explores the culture of LGBT activism in Croatia, with particular focus on visibility practices.

 Joan Budesa

Yvonne is the Program Assistant for the WRC. She is currently pursuing her ME in Postsecondary Administration & Student Affairs at USC. She graduated from UC Irvine with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Education. During her undergraduate career, she was involved with the peer educator program at the UCI Campus Assault Resources & Education Office (CARE). She has received training on issues relevant to sexual violence and has also completed 48 hours of state-certified training pertaining to sexual assault crisis counseling.


Teresa is a Student Assistant at the WRC. She is a senior, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Africana Studies. Originally from San Diego, CA, she brought her active extracurricular spirit to Dominguez by joining the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), becoming a Peer Mentor, working on campus, and joining, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Her interest in working for the Women’s Resource Center came about when she noticed the lack of unity on a campus with a majority of the population being women. She plans to help in the WRC’s endeavors to unify women and to become a resource or safe haven to the women of CSU Dominguez Hills.  On her leisure time, she enjoys music, karaoke, Netflix, and entertaining books!


Yolanda is a Student Assistant at the WRC. She is a senior, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Women's Studies. Yolanda's interest in women's issues has brought her to the Women's Resource Center. Her kind and friendly personality is very inviting and comforting. She works to find ways to empower women on campus by being part of the center as well as being part of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, whose focus is to empower all women. She has a genuine interest in helping others in her community and is always willing to listen and help. On her free time she likes to sleep in, watch movies with friends and family, eat pizza, and walk her dog.


Rosa is an intern at the Women's Resource Center. She is a senior, majoring in Human Services with a minor in Psychology. born and raised in the city of West LA - Santa Monica, she decided to pursue her education here in Carson. The desire to gain experience working with different populations, as well as to help and support women within this racially diverse campus, brought her to the WRC. Women's empowerment is her main focus and ever since becoming a sister of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. in the fall of 2013, she has been supporting not just the women within the Latino/a community but women all around. When she is not at the WRC or working at the University Advisement Center, she likes to go out dancing, spend time with family, watch movies, feed her friends, and of course - drink tea!