AiR 2020 kicks off on Jan. 29 with a film and panel discussion followed by events every Wednesday through March 11.

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Activist in Residence 2020—Lili Navarrete—will help you develop the skills to make a difference in your community and you’ll receive a certificate for participation. Activist in Residence (AiR) is a program of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Women’s and Gender Education Center at EWU.

  • AiR connects students, faculty, and staff and builds bridges between academics and activism.
  • AiR supports a local or regional activist who works with numerous student groups, programs and units throughout the university.
  • AiR engages students in learning about and practicing activism through class presentations, panels, workshops and other events focused on social, political, environmental and economic justice.


  • Strengthen the commitment to community engagement for students, faculty and staff
  • Enhance community partnerships and expand internship opportunities for EWU students
  • Provide active role models for students and inspire students to overcome barriers to community engagement
  • Help students develop leadership skills and abilities, enabling them to become effective activists in their communities

During winter quarter, you can receive a certificate for participating in the Activist in Residence program, including guest lectures, class presentations, panels and workshops.


Wednesday, Jan. 29
3:30–5 p.m.

MON 207

Immigration Activism Now! La Bestia: Film and Panel Discussion

View this documentary that tells the story of Central Americans traveling north by train and the difficulties they face along the way. The film will be followed by a discussion of the history of immigration, reasons people migrate, and experiences of immigration, as well as why immigration activism is important now.


Wednesday, Feb. 5
3:30–5 p.m.
MON 207

Immigration Activism is for Everyone: Finding Your Place in the Movement

What is activism? Participants will brainstorm and discuss a variety of aspects of activism. A “Know Your Rights” workshop will be included. We will also learn how non-immigrant students might overcome barriers to taking action and get involved in useful ways. Your definition of what it means to be an activist will be expanded during this session.

Wednesday, Feb. 12
3:30–5 p.m.

MON 207

Coalition Building to Make Lasting Change

A panel of local coalition partners will discuss the ways in which building confidence and finding your voice can occur in community. The importance of creating and sustaining strong relationships with individuals and organizations will be the focus.


Wednesday, Feb. 19
3:30–5 p.m.

MON 207

Diving Deeper: Using Data to Address Health Disparities Among Our Immigrant Neighbors

Participants will learn more about how research and data can be useful in making change in our communities. These tools were particularly useful in a recent statewide effort to ensure that the needs of immigrants and transgender people were considered in healthcare access.

Wednesday, Feb. 26
3:30–5 p.m.

MON 207

Transitioning from Ally to Accomplice en el Movimiento

Learn how to be an ally, a friend, and an accomplice to immigrants and asylum seekers. Participants will discover how to use relative privilege to organize and support marginalized communities in our area.

Wednesday, March. 4
3:30–5 p.m.

MON 207

Lobbying to Shape Public Policy

Join this workshop to find out how participation in conversations with local and statewide lawmakers can be a useful tool for making legal changes. Facilitators will share their experiences working on the Reproductive Health Access for All Act.

Wednesday, March. 11
3:30–5 p.m.

Location TBD

Engaging Your Campus Community

Participants will plan and implement this final on-campus action based on the interest and skills developed through the program.

Meet the 2020 Activist In Residence:

Lili Navarrete immigrated to Spokane from Mexico City in 1988. She earned a BA in International Affairs and minors in Economics and Business Administration from EWU. As the Director of Public Affairs and Raíz at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, she fights for reproductive rights, immigrants, and marginalized communities. She is the Vice President of the Hispanic Business/ Professional Association, a Washington State Commissioner on Hispanic Affairs, and a member of the Spokane Immigrant Rights Coalition and the Washington Immigration Solidarity Network.

Wednesdays 3:30–5 p.m.
Light refreshments provided at 3:15.

All workshops are highly participatory and interactive with an emphasis on active practice and story sharing.

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All of our events are wheelchair accessible and fragrance-free. People needing accommodation should contact Lisa Logan at or 509.359.2898 three business days in advance.

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