Contact Us / Meet Our Team

The WRC is located on the Ground Level of Augustine Hall. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm with some extended evening hours for programs. We can be reached by phone at 925-631-4192 or email us at smcwrc@gmail.com    

STAFF

Sharon Sabotta

Sharon Sobotta, M.S.

Director of the Women's Resource Center

Sharon develops programming for the WRC that fits the needs of the students with a focus on social injustice. She empowers students to recognize and challenge issues such as sexism, racism, ethnocentrism, classism, socialized gender roles, homophobia, and other forms of oppression.  
Sharon collaborates with staff and faculty on campus to provide learning experiences and training opportunities to support causes affecting young women and men. She provides advocacy and support regarding gender and race related topics, challenges, and identity issues. She partners with students to help them explore solutions and ongoing campus resources for the issues they are facing. As an educator, she finds it important to plant a seed and nurture/encourage students along the way.  
Sharon began her career at Saint Mary's College in September, 2002 as the Coordinator of Sexual Assault Awareness. She has been in her current role as the Director of the Women's Resource Center for many years. She currently holds a Master of Science degree.  
Sharon has a passion for helping people find their voice and making space for all voices to be heard. This translates well into her work at the college. She has found that when you can reach both the mind and the heart, you have a real potential to bring about positive change.
Sharon is also a member of the unpaid staff at KPFA, where she serves as a field reporter, a weekend anchor for the news department and as a producer for the Women's Magazine. She has had the pleasure of interviewing Peter and Paul from the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, Eddy Fisher from OneRepublic, and the Today Show super fan Lennie, who showed up on the set everyday for two decades. However, the most important interview she has ever done was with Wanda Johnson, the mother of the late Oscar Grant.
ssobotta@stmarys-ca.edu or 925-631-4171

 

Erin Osanna-BarbaDirector of Sexual Assault Prevention Erin Osanna-Barba, MSW

 Director of Sexual Assault Prevention 

Erin provides confidential support and advocacy for students affected by sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. She collaborates with staff, faculty and community based organizations to provide education and outreach to the campus community. She currently participates in training of university staff, public safety officers, and resident advisors on appropriate responses to sexual assault and dating violence as well as the effect of trauma on survivors. Additionally, she coordinates the 24 hour CARE line and supports the Student Coalition Against Rape (SCAR). 
Erin came to Saint Mary's College in February, 2017 with 20 years' experience. She is passionate about providing strength-based counseling and advocacy to students struggling with unhealthy relationships or the affects of being sexually assaulted.  For 14 years she worked as a Victim/Witness Advocate with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. She has also worked for two community based agencies in the East Bay where she provided crisis intervention, safety planning, advocacy, case management and community outreach for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors at a domestic violence shelter and on a 24 hour crisis line.   
Throughout her career, Erin has facilitated trainings to service providers and first responders at various local agencies and police departments. She participated on a victim advocacy panel at a conference on hate crimes at UC Hastings School of Law. In 2005, she contributed to the first community resource manual for response to hate crimes, published by the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Erin holds a dual bachelor degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice Administration from Cal State University Hayward (East Bay) and a Master's degree in Social Work from San Jose State University. She has been certified in California as a Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Counselor since 1996. She holds certificates in both beginning and advanced Victim Advocacy for the State of California. She also received Crisis Response certification by the National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA) in 2001.
You can contact Erin by email emo3@stmarys-ca.edu or  calling 925-631-4193

 

Student Staff

Julia

Julia Stanislav

WRC Staff and Gender Justice Leader 

I’m a senior in the Integral Program and am excited to be returning to the WRC for my third year! I am passionate about gender equality and justice issues and am looking forward to making a positive impact on the SMC campus this year. When I’m not doing schoolwork or spending time in the Women’s Resource Center, I love experimenting with film photography and practicing bikram yoga.

 

vRachel Schott

WRC Staff, Body Positive Facilitator, and SCAR Member

I'm an English major, Spanish minor, class of 2018. This is my third year working at the WRC.