For 27 years, YWCA Olympia has recognized community members leading change at the intersection of racial and gender justice. On February 19, Womxn of Achievement recognizes Elizabeth Satiacum and Ti’eri Lino.
Elizabeth Satiacum is the Native American Coordinator at Puget Sound Education Service District (PSESD), where she works with over 350+ Indigenous youth and their families. PSESD is one of nine regional educational agencies serving school districts, tribal compact schools, and state approved charter and private schools in Washington. For years, Elizabeth co-hosted the groundbreaking radio show, Tribal Talk, on KLAY 1180 AM with Robert Satiacum, a Puyallup Elder. Elizabeth continues to foster dignity through recognition of Indigenous experiences, especially for Native Youth, educating students and their families about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement, Tribal Canoe Journeys, the Line3 protest, Native American Heritage Month and Indigenous People’s Day.
As Program Director for Homeless Services for Interfaith Works, Ti’eri Lino works on behalf of our community’s most vulnerable and marginalized neighbors, helping them find safety, shelter and acceptance. Ti’eri’s work addresses systemic inequalities and she is currently helping revise Thurston County’s assessment tool for unhoused adults. Ti’eri is committed to creating and maintaining community spaces are supportive to BIPOC staff, shelter guests and clients.
The Womxn of Achievement ceremony will be hosted by Gilda Sheppard, an award-winning filmmaker and recipient of numerous awards for her work. She is the Executive Producer, Director and Writer for her nationally acclaimed feature documentary Since I Been Down. For over a decade Sheppard has taught sociology classes in women’s and men’s prisons in Washington State, has been a sponsor for the Black Prisoner’s Caucus, and is co-founder and faculty at Freedom Education for Puget Sound, an organization offering college credited courses at Washington Correctional Center for Women. Sheppard is a sociology, cultural and media studies faculty at The Evergreen State College’s Tacoma Campus.
YWCA Olympia is focused on the mission of eliminating racism and sexism to advance the social, political, and economic status of all womxn and girls, while also seeking to engage people of all races and genders in their stated vision: All People are valued, live free from oppression and thrive in a just society.
Tickets for Womxn of Achievement can be purchased here. All proceeds will benefit YWCA Olympia.
Contact Marisa Caughlan, Racial Justice Events Program Manager, for more information.