February 27, 2022

2022 Young Woman of Achievement Award Honoree

Congratulations Sarah!

Thank You for Living Out YWCA Spokane’s Mission

Born and raised in Southern California, Sarah Dixit moved to Spokane for college in 2014, where she studied Sociology at Whitworth University. As a student, she formed a campus chapter for Generation Action – a reproductive rights club run by students for students – and quickly distinguished herself as a conscientious, energetic and hard worker by attending numerous advocacy events in addition to balancing school commitments. While a student at Whitworth, she tapped into her passion for supporting others by volunteering for Communities in Schools at John Rogers High providing important resources for students in need. 

After graduation, Sarah began her career in advocacy and social justice with Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. In the span of just three years, Sarah has risen from volunteer to full-time organizer and now public affairs manager where she oversees staff, the Youth Empowerment Program, media and communications, as well as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts. She works tirelessly to fulfill the organization’s missions of health equity, eliminating racism and empowering women, especially by leading at the forefront of immigration advocacy and reproductive health. 

As a daughter of Indian immigrants, Sarah has shown an incredible amount of devotion to the work of human rights. She helped Planned Parenthood launch the Raiz program – which works to build relationships with the Latinx community – that connected the intersection of immigration rights and reproductive rights. This hard work especially shined on participating for the 2020 Census, state and county redistricting and voter access – all fundamental building blocks of our democracy. In 2021 she completed a fellowship with Western States Center, focusing on the connection between anti-reproductive rights movements and white nationalist groups. Throughout the pandemic, Sarah helped the organization build and organize mobile vaccine clinics to reach migrant farmworker camps across Central and Eastern Washington. Through this effort, medical and outreach staff served more than a thousand workers and their family members with linguistically and culturally appropriate COVID-19 services and information, including COVID-19 screening, vaccinations, education, personal protective equipment distribution and food assistance. 

Sarah is connected with the progressive movement in the Northwest and across the country. She is involved with the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition and currently serves as the co-chair of the Spokane Chapter. Sarah is committed to dismantling racism in every form and has helped lead the conversation in Spokane to address hate towards the Asian community by moderating numerous Spokane Coalition of Color panels. Sarah has consistently engaged with community partners and attended Lobby Days in Olympia, Washington and Washington, D.C. She helped pass an ordinance to protect immigrants from warrantless search in Spokane from Immigration Customs Enforcement and Customs Border Patrol. In previous legislative sessions, she helped pass the Reproductive Health Access For All Act that expanded trans care and student health plans. She also fought to get undocumented patients included in the Washington State Budget for Medicaid coverage. At each action, she has made direct impact with countless people, met with elected officials and worked to hold local leaders accountable. 

Sarah believes change can happen at many different levels, “I have made it my life’s goal to participate in that change wherever I can. I want to impact this community by showing young people that they are important and they have the ability to change this world. Hopefully, I will be able to do that throughout my life, regardless of whatever career I’m in.” YWCA Spokane is honored to present Sarah Dixit with the 2022 Young Woman of Achievement award. 

Dawn Wolski | Nancy Mahoney | Hanncel Sanchez | Fawn Schott | Lee Williams | Alison Gregoire | Oladunni Olywoye | Sarah Dixit

Join Us In Honoring These Outstanding Women At The Awards Celebration And Benefit For YWCA Spokane On March 24, 2022

Over the last 40 years this awards luncheon has evolved into YWCA Spokane’s largest fundraising event. Sponsored by more than 50 companies and organizations each year, it has become one of the area’s most prestigious award recognition events for women. Friends and supporters who believe in YWCA Spokane’s mission come together to invest in the safety, hope, and healing  of those served by YWCA’s critical programs through their support of this spectacular celebration of women.

All proceeds raised support YWCA Spokane’s critical services for domestic violence victims and their children, including emergency shelter, counseling, legal services, job readiness, child care, and Pre-K programs for low income children. Learn more about the impact of YWCA Spokane.

Registration Is Now Closed

Please contact Jennifer Evans at jennifere@ywcaspokane.org with any questions or concerns.

Admiral Howard Embodies Honor, Courage and Commitment

Born when female participation in the military was legally capped and women were not allowed to become generals or admirals or to attend service academies, Admiral Howard shattered every glass ceiling. She was the first women to command a U.S. Naval Ship, achieve the rank of four-star admiral and the first woman to be appointed to the position of vice chief of naval operations (the second highest rank in the Navy). She was also the first African-American woman to reach the rank of three-star and four-star in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and the first African-American woman to command a ship in the Navy. We are honored to welcome Admiral Michelle Howard (Retired) as our 2022 Keynote Speaker.

Give in Honor of A Women of Achievement Award Honorees

Consider making a donation in honor of an outstanding woman acknowledged through this inspiring celebration. As our most critical fundraiser of the year, support received through the Women of Achievement awards celebration helps us serve approximately 16,500 clients through programs and services impacting the lives of those affected by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment. Your support allows our reach to go further and our mission to be realized. Simply put, we cannot do this work without you!


Your Health and Safety Remains our Priority

While we look forward to Women of Achievement’s in-person event, the health and safety of our guests and staff remains our top priority. With the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, a lot is changing quickly. We are looking at the published guidance from federal, state and local health authorities and government and making decisions to accommodate all of our guests and promote a safe gathering. We continue to assess health and safety policies for the event in light of changing state/local and venue requirements. Beginning March 12th, there will no longer be a statewide mask mandate, nor vaccination requirements for large events. While masks are recommended, they will not be required. Please contact Jennifer Evans at jennifere@ywcaspokane.org for additional information regarding our COVID-19 plan.

This awards celebration would not be possible without the incredible support of our sponsors.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities contact Dana Morris Lee, Chief Philanthropy Officer, 509-742-0111 or danam@ywcaspokane.org.

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Spokane Public Schools

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Washington State University

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By: Bridget Smith

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