Commissioner Sandy Williams
Sandra Williams is an activist, writer, and filmmaker, with an extensive background addressing issues of discrimination, oppression, equity, and social justice. She is currently the Coordinator of the Pride Center at Eastern Washington University, acting as an advocate for LGBTQ and ally students, faculty and staff. Prior to her work at EWU, she was the Executive Director of Odyssey Youth Center, and for three years she was the Spokane Field Coordinator for Youth Suicide Prevention Program.
Sandra's family moved to Spokane in 1972 and she has considered Eastern Washington her home since then. She graduated from Cheney High School in 1979, received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Washington State University in 1983, and her Master's Degree in Film/Television Production from the University of Southern California School of Cinema/TV in 1998.
Over the years, Sandra has effectively used the mediums of film, video, theater, radio, and both the written and spoken word as tools to address the issues of discrimination, oppression, and the need for social justice. She has acted as a grassroots organizer and advocate; built coalitions between social service agencies, People of Color and the LGBTQ community; developed and conducted workshops, seminars and in-service trainings; created and facilitated support groups; designed publicity campaigns; and served on numerous boards, coalitions, task forces, and advisory panels at the local, state and national level.
Sandra is passionate about addressing the needs of youth and young adults, and working within the African American community to facilitate community building and cross cultural dialogue.