Stand Against Racism 2019 @ Empire Health Foundation Philanthropy Center
Apr 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

YWCA Spokane’s Annual Stand Against Racism

2019 Courageous Conversation: No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice.

This April, 40+ YWCA agencies across the nation will host public events that engage in open and honest dialogue, with over 250,000 people, that confront stereotypes and bias as a community. The goal of the annual event is to unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism. Each courageous conversation provides an opportunity to broaden perspectives, learn new tools, and connect with a diverse community of citizens passionate about eliminating racism in our community.


Stand Against Racism 2019

Print signs from YWCA USA.

This year, YWCA Spokane’s courageous conversation will align with YWCA USA’s national theme: No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice.

In addition to bringing awareness to the racism immigrants experience, three immigrants, living in Spokane, will be provided with an opportunity to share their personal experiences. Additional time will be provided for a panel discussion and a question and answer session.

  • What: YWCA Spokane’s Annual Stand Against Racism
  • When: Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 11:30am – 1:00pm
  • Where: Empire Health Foundation, Philanthropy Center, 1020 W Riverside Ave
  • Cost: Free and open to the public (registration required)
  • Questions: community@ywcaspokane.org | 509-789-9312
  • Share: #standagainstracism
  • Food: Lunch will be provided for guests

This event is made possible by Providence Health Care and  YWCA Spokane’s Racial and Social Justice Committee, led by YWCA Spokane Board Members Kiana McKenna, Kate Burke, and Dr. Shari Clarke.

“YWCA’s Stand Against Racism event will be a time for us, as a community, to stand together and say, ‘No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice.’,” states Kiana McKenna, YWCA Board Member and Co-Chair of the YWCA Spokane Racial and Social Justice Committee. “It is our responsibility to stand up for those most vulnerable and marginalized in our community, and this event gives us an opportunity to do so. We are stronger together.”

Event Registration Is Now Closed

We have reached maximum capacity for attendance at this year’s Stand Against Racism courageous conversation. We are so grateful for the extraordinary response to this year’s event. Thank you!

For those who are unable to join us this year, there are additional ways to engage in our racial and social justice work. Learn more here.

Meet Our Panelists

Thank you to our incredible speakers for volunteering their time to tell their courageous stories. Learn more about these women below!

Rosemary Muriungi

Rosemary is a Ph.D. Candidate in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. She has broad experience in academic, international non-governmental, and global multilateral organizations advocating for girl education, children’s rights, and sustainable human development. Prior to her doctoral studies at Gonzaga, she was Deputy Head of Human Resources Management at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Kenya. She thrives on developing talent and leadership capacity in youth and women. Her research interests include higher education of under-served populations, women leadership, organizational leadership and development, humanitarianism, and micro/small business development. She is an active community member and serves on several boards in her home country Kenya and in the United States.

Naghmana Sherazi

Naghmana Ahmed-Sherazi an educator and scientist born in Karachi, Pakistan and came to Spokane in 2012. She finds happiness through involvement with the Spokane community, and building relationships. She is part of several local groups such as Spokane Women Together, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, Faith Leaders, and Leaders of Conscience, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) and Spokane Faith & Values.
She meets for potlucks and has built a community of friends with people of all faiths — Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, and Christian, as well as people of different ethnicities. They connect around food, sharing their heritage, values, and stories; educating each other so they stand up for each other’s rights! They understand where they are coming from and how they can work together to make this a better world for all children.

She worked in 2017/2018 to block Proposition 1 being put on the ballot, a racial profiling initiative that would have allowed any city employee to ask anyone for their documents. She also helped start the No Discrimination Spokane Campaign.

Currently she is involved with Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, Refugee Connections Spokane, Muslims for Community Action and Support, Center for Justice, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition APIC – Spokane, Spokane Coalition of Color (an amalgamation of the leadership of Spokane NAACP, ACLU, HBPA, and APIC), and was one of our highlighted speakers at the Women’s March earlier this year!

Lili Navarrete

Lili Navarrete immigrated with her family from Mexico City in 1988. She graduated from EWU with a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs and with minors in Economics and Business Administration. Advocacy is a major and important part of her career and her employer for the last 3 years, Planned Parenthood, has given her the tools, support, and platform to advocate for vulnerable and marginalized communities. She is currently the Volunteer Program and Raiz Manager at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. Recently, she served on the International Women’s Day Committee to bring balance for better to the Spokane Community.


As a part of YWCA National’s annual campaign, an opportunity is provided to take a pledge to stand united in our efforts to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities.

During the event, YWCA Spokane will encourage the community to join their pledge to stand against racism by signing a pledge banner which will display at YWCA Spokane’s office. Community members will also be encouraged to complete YWCA USA’s online pledge listed below.

Please consider joining YWCA and hundreds of thousands of people across the country who will engage with us this week during YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism – and every day.

Stand Against Racism Pledge

Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice, and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers, and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope:

I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society.

I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes;

I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers, and those I encounter on a daily basis;

I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly, and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society.

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.

Sign The Pledge

Thank you to our Racial & social justice committee for making this possible!

We appreciate your commitment to serving our community. You truly embody the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women!

Kate Burke | Committee Co-Chair
Kiana McKenna | Committee Co-Chair
Christina Kamkosi
Claudine Richardson
Dora “Duaa-Rahemaah” Williams
Erica Schreiber
Julie Schaffer
Kate Sowers
Laura McAloon, YWCA Spokane Board Vice Chair
Laura Vickers, YWCA Spokane Board Treasurer
Leann Ledford
Nicole Rosenkrantz
Rachel Bechtol
Regina Malveaux
Shari Clark
Tracie Meidl

Amplify Your Impact

  • Consider joining our recurring community of monthly donors in support of YWCA’s mission and work. Donate Today.
  • Learn more about Stand Against Racism and other ways to join YWCA Spokane’s racial and social justice work.  Learn More.
An Evening in Tuscany 2019 @ Beacon Hill
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Please join us for An Evening in Tuscany!

This Tuscan inspired summer evening benefit for YWCA Spokane will be held Friday, August 2nd, at Beacon Hill. 

This year at Beacon Hill Events!

Guests enjoy a fabulous scratch made Italian dinner, prepared by a local signature chef, as well as indulge in a night of wine, art, entertainment, desserts and music that will make you feel like you were in Tuscany!

In addition to dinner and music, there will be a live & silent auction to benefit YWCA Spokane’s programs and services for women, children, and families impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment. Beautiful pieces of art, jewelry and even a trip to Tuscany will be available!

Register Today


Thank you to our Event Committee

We could not ensure the success of this event without your support!

Mireya Fitzloff | Chair
Anna Bresnahan
Christina Balkenbush
Emily Paukert
Jill Rider
Kate Sowers
Lacey Sherman
Linda Hendricksen
Tara McAloon


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4th Annual End the Silence Campaign @ YWCA Spokane
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – Oct 31 @ 5:00 pm

end the silence of domestic violence!

Please join YWCA Spokane in our 4th annual End the Silence Campaign this October! As October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, YWCA Spokane will be organizing events and campaigns throughout the month that all are invited to join in!

Each year YWCA agencies engage in domestic violence prevention and awareness campaigns during October, Domestic Violence Action Month, an effort established by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1981. In 2019, YWCA Spokane will launch our 4th annual End The Silence campaign.

The End The Silence campaign goal is to stop victim blaming and to ask the community to stand alongside victims and survivors of domestic violence as safe allies, making it know that they are not alone.

Learn More about End the Silence

We ask community members and local businesses to identify themselves as allies for domestic violence victims through a series of easy ways they can join this movement and make a difference throughout October. Last year, our agency focused on preventing domestic violence before it begins by encouraging parents to have courageous conversations with their kiddos on healthy relationships. Through online materials, events for parents and kiddos, or visiting college campuses to talk to young adults about healthy relationships, we helped prevent domestic violence before it ever arose.

Campaigns and event details are not available at this time. Please check back in closer to the date, or follow us on Facebook for updates of easy ways to get involved. Or, consider signing up for our newsletter for updates delivered straight to you!


Women of Achievement 2019 @ The Convention Center
Oct 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join us for our biggest event of the year!

YWCA Spokane’s 37th annual Women of Achievement Impact Luncheon is designed to express gratitude for the outstanding contributions of our 2019 local honorees, provide inspiration to the attendees, and raise awareness of domestic abuse in our community. Each year provides a special opportunity to honor high achieving women from Spokane who have gone above and beyond to give back to their community. Our Women of Achievement Luncheon is our biggest event of the year, with last year’s event gathering over 1,000 dedicated guests and 50 organizations who collectively raised $315,000!

More About Women of Achievement

Nominate a Woman of Achievement!

Winners of a YWCA Women of Achievement Award embody the mission of the YWCA Spokane by giving generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all citizens to live. They also demonstrate leadership through their professional work or service to the community.

YWCA Spokane encourages nominations for the Women of Achievement awards in the following areas:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Business & Industry
  • Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice
  • Community Enhancement
  • Education
  • Science, Technology & Environment
  • Young Woman

 Learn more about each nomination category.

Submit A Nomination Today 

Individual Ticket Registration

Tickets are not yet on sale, so please check back closer to the date or follow us on Facebook for updates. 

Once registration is open, guests are welcome to register ticket(s) through our online registration form or by contact our Development Team at 509-789-9312 or at community@ywcaspokane.org. Payment may be received by check or credit card.

Amplify Your Impact – Become A Table Captain
Table captains are the heart and soul of this event and may assist with registration of a table of 10 or more guests.

Learn More About Becoming a Table Captain

Corporate Table Ticket Registration

Once registration is open, Corporate Table Captains are welcome to register their corporate table(s) through our online registration form or by contacting our Development Team at 509-789-9312 or by emailing community@ywcaspokane.org. Payment may be processed through an invoice, check, or credit card.

Event Sponsorship

Sponsorships are key to the success of this luncheon. Each year we celebrate with over 50 local Spokane businesses who support YWCA Spokane’s mission and programs. Learn more about this valuable partnership opportunity by contacting Dana Morris Lee, YWCA Spokane’s Chief Philanthropy Officer, at danam@ywcaspokane.org or call 509-742-0111.

Thank you to our Event Committee!

Thank you all for your commitment to our agency. We could not ensure the success of our biggest event of the year without you all!

Laura McAloon | Co-Chair
Leanne Scott | Co-Chair
Amanda Swan
Amanda Williams
Anna Franklin
Dana Morris Lee
Erica Schreiber
Jennifer Mitchell
Julia Culp
Julie Holland
Kate Sowers
Laura Vickers
Lisa Simpson
Marlene Feist
Nancy Norbury-Harder
Paula Tarbert-Gumm
Regina Malveaux
Sara Clements-Sampson
Tara McAloon
Theresa Keyes

Please continue to check back in for news about our 37th Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon, or receive our newsletter for updates delivered directly to you!