Meet Our Team

The CWGE is located on the Ground Level of Augustine Hall. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm with some extended evening hours for programs. We can be reached by phone at 925-631-4192 or email us at    



Sharon Sobotta, M.S.

Director of the Center for Women & Gender Equity

Sharon develops programming for the CWGE 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 Center for Women & Gender Equity 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. or 925-631-4171



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KaylaKayla Duffey, Student Support Specialist and Green Dot Leader

I am a senior at SMC studying Anthropology and Women's and Gender Studies. I am from the small town of Tuolumne, CA. I am serving as an RA for my second year and have had various other jobs on campus. This is my first year working directly with Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention at the CARE Center and the Center for Women and Gender Equity. I am excited to continue the promotion of student-lead advocacy with our student body, especially through the Green Dot bystander intervention program.






GigiGiselle Espinola-Jimenez, Student Support Specialist and Social Media Specialist

Hi, I’m Gigi! I am a philosophy major with a minor in Law & Society. I am from Monterey, CA and I now live on campus with my emotional support dog, Stoney (pictured). I love documenting my amazing experiences through pictures and videos. I have a YouTube channel where I post about makeup/beauty, vlogs, and my daily college lifestyle. I am excited to learn new skills and meet new people through my various activities this year. Aside from being social media manager at the CWGE, I work as a student assistant in the Facilities office, as a peer mentor for the High Potential program, and I intern at a local law firm. I look forward to sharing my passions with everyone through my work and involvement at the Center for Women & Gender Equity!





Maya Patel, Student Support Specialist

Hello. My name is Maya and I am a First-Year at SMC. I grew up in Oakland, reside in South San Francisco and attended El Camino High School. My intended majors are Business Administration and Political Science. Aside from woking at the Center for Women and Gender Equity and the CARE Center, I am the Vice Chair for the Class of 2022, IC Street Team, a part of the High Potential Program Advisory Board, and Co-Founder of the Youth Advisory Board for the City of South San Francisco. I enjoy learning from new experiences and look forward to meeting and interacting with people through my various activities. I hope to make the Saint Mary's Community a more inclusive one and a community in which everyone is proud to be a part of.



MaysonMayson Lord, Student Support Specialist

Hello! My name's Mayson, and I'm from Orangevale, CA. I'm a sophomore here at SMC and an English major, with a minor in Creative Writing. This is my second year working with the CWGE and the CARE center, and I'm super excited to help out with my work again! While being a poster designer and the coordinator for our weekly Coffee, Creativity, and Community events, I am also a member of SCAAR and the secretary of PRIDE.






SamSam Newman, Student Support Specialist

Hi! My name is Sam Newman and I am a first year at SMC. I am from Southern California, so I am excited to be part of the Bay Area and explore more of Northern California. I am an activist and always interested in social justice, but working in the Center for Women and Gender Equity and The CARE Center is my first formal opportunity to work in that area. I am excited to learn about and help foster a greater community of love and support at SMC!







TomTom Muyunga-Mukasa, Student Support Specialist & Gender Justice League Member for CWGE

Hello. My name is Tom. I have worked around self-support and self-determination organization development as a trainer, coach, and evaluator. Currently, I am the Class Chair of 2020 and President of the Best Buddies Chapter. I am a Student Support Specialist and a committed gender equality promoter.