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The Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Women's and Gender Education Center are the lead organizers of the Activist-in-Residence (AIR) program on the EWU campus.

For a fifth year, AIR will bring an activist to campus to work with EWU students, staff, faculty, and community members during winter quarter of 2018.

This academic year, our Activist in Residence will be Jace Bylenga. Jace has been involved in numerous campaigns to protect our region's water and environment. He is a dedicated leader, educator, and community organizer who focuses on building sustainable communities, while maintaining a commitment to social equity and diversity. He has experience in environmental conservation, climate change, water protection, fossil fuels, and renewable energy. Through the Activist in Residence program, Jace aims to educate and engage the EWU community in methods of community organizing. This project will be a learning laboratory, where participants will be able to walk away knowing how to build a grassroots issue campaign all the way from an idea to a solid outcome to fix a problem.

Through this program we aim to: 

  • Work with a variety of campus programs and student groups to develop their commitment to social justice and social change by providing opportunities for students to engage in the community and work on issues of relevance to their lives.
  • Offer students new venues for learning effective organizing tools and methods as future activists, leaders, and community organizers.
  • Provide an Activist-in-Residence who will be a role model for student engagement, inspire students to find their passions as campus and community activists on any number of issues, and help students replace reticence and uncertainty with confidence, courage, and conviction.

The goals of the Activist-in-Residence Program are to:

  • 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


Women's and Gender Education Center Manager, Lisa Logan (509) 359-2898 or

Lead Sponsors: Women's and Gender Studies and Women's and Gender Education Center 

Co-Sponsors: American Indian Studies; Africana Studies; Chicana and Chicano Studies; College of Social Sciences; Disability Studies; Pride Center; M.E.Ch.A.; Office of Community Engagement; PJALS; Race and Culture Studies; Social Work; TRiO-McNair Scholars.

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