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Sherwood Trust presents Everyday Equity and Empathy Community Learning Experience

Sherwood Trust is presenting a series of free community public discussions focused on equity and empathy. The first event in the four-part series takes place on April 16 will highlight racial equity and healing. 

“We welcome community members to share in a live community learning experience that will leave you ready to do things differently by inspiring hope and motivating action to build equity and empathy into your daily routine,” said Sherwood Trust Program Director Julia Leavitt. The event will take place virtually on Friday, April 16 from 9-10:30 am PST. To register for the live, free community event, please go to the Sherwood Trust website:

Participants will hear from local and national experts in racial equity, healing and social justice.

Nationally renowned Dr. Gail C. Christopher will keynote the April 16 event. She is an award-Winning change agent widely recognized for designing holistic strategies for social change. She is the former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W K Kellogg Foundation and past Executive Director of The Institute for Government Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

“The community learning session is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of how racial equity impacts our communities and work toward creative solutions,” Leavitt says.

Local speakers include Guillermo Corro, a volunteer with the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition, and Dr. Dan Solis, the Head Cross Country Coach, Walla Walla University.

Guillermo Corro is a volunteer organizer with the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition in Walla Walla, WA. He has been part of WWIRC’s crisis response team, led Know Your Rights training around the community, spoken at WWIRC events and participated in many of WWIRC’s art and theater projects. Originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, Corro moved to Walla Walla in 2007. He works towards a more united Walla Walla by promoting the rights of immigrants in the community. Corro believes that anger and division between members of the community can be leveled by empathy.

Dr. Dan Solis is Head Cross Country Coach at Walla Walla University, College Place, WA.

Solis was raised in Florida and has lived in nine different states. He has worked as a pastor, an athletics coach, a college professor, an academic advisor, a national disaster response coordinator, a writer, a summer camp director and a cook. He chaired the local FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program committee for 20 years and has served on the board of Neutral Ground, a mediation non-profit. He is the host of Valley Viewpoint, Blue Mountain Television’s community affairs program.

Regional speakers include Andrea Caupain Sanderson, the Chief Executive Officer of Byrd Barr Place and Victoria Santos, the Director of Strategic Initiatives & External Relations of Young Women Empowered Y-WE both in Seattle, WA.

Andrea Caupain Sanderson is the Chief Executive Officer of Byrd Barr Place. For more than two decades, she has worked to promote economic mobility and racial equity for people across Washington state. As Byrd Barr Place’s CEO since 2008, Caupain Sanderson leads the organization in its efforts to build an equitable Washington through innovative programs and services that nurture people’s health and well-being. She is instrumental in designing initiatives that focus attention on the adverse impacts of racism and advocating for policy and systemic change. She earned an MPA and a BA from Evergreen State College.

Victoria Santos is the Director of Strategic Initiatives & External Relations of Young Women Empowered Y-WE in Seattle, WA.  Santos is a leader who works for social justice and racial equity with institutions, schools and community organizations in the U.S. and internationally. Santos is a Spanish-fluent Afro-Latina immigrant born in the Dominican Republic. Her commitment to social justice and service has expressed itself in many forms over the past 30 years, including designing programs, community advocacy, facilitating groups and community development in the U.S. and internationally. Santos emphasizes intersectional awareness, individual and collective healing and commitment to compassionate action.

Racial Healing is the first community learning session in a four-part series titled “Everyday Equity and Empathy.” Following the April 16 event on racial equity, the series will include rural leadership June 16, transformation through arts and culture September 16, and civic engagement November 16. Sherwood Trust workshops are free and open to the community.

Sherwood Trust is a private, placed-based foundation that supports capacity-building to ensure that everyone in the Walla Walla Valley has a sense of belonging and contributes to a thriving region. Founded in 1991 to continue the legacy of Donald and Virginia Sherwood’s efforts to make the Walla Walla Valley a better place, it has invested more than $32 million to strengthen nonprofits and improve communities here.

The event will be translated into Spanish.

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For more information please contact: Julia Leavitt at Sherwood Trust at 509-529-2791, or


  • Occurred Friday, April 16th, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Occurred Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am