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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 sixth year, AIR will bring an activist to campus to work with EWU students, staff, faculty, and community members during winter quarter of 2019. Find the schedule of 2019 events here.

This academic year, our Activist in Residence will be Rowena Pineda.

Rowena Pineda, M.Ed. is a Program Manager at the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) where she leads Neighborhoods Matter. Neighborhoods Matter implements community level activities aimed at preventing and mitigating family and community violence. In addition, Rowena is part of SRHD's health equity team that is working to embed equity in the agency's various programs and projects. She is a member of the 2018-2019 cohort of the Health Equity Awakened Leadership Fellows program sponsored by Human Impact Partners. 

Prior to joining SRHD, Rowena was the Executive Director of the Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN) in Boise, ID, a community-based organization working on racial, economic, and social justice issues. She has extensive experience in community organizing including as a community organizer for the Center for Third World Organizing in Oakland, CA; as the Lead Organizer for Parent Voices in San Francisco, CA; and as the Training Coordinator for the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now People's Action) in Seattle, WA. In between her organizing jobs, Rowena had the opportunity to do a one-year fellowship with The San Francisco Foundation and to be a Program Associate in Child Welfare for the Stuart Foundation.  She received her B.A. in History from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA and her M.Ed. from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA.

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.

Funding has been provided by the Community Building Foundation, The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, Sonja Matison, and Sally Winkle. 

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