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Our Mission, Vision, Values

Mission, Vision, Values

Our Mission

We aim to collaboratively champion social justice with compassion while supporting marginalized communities affected by poverty and discrimination.

Our Vision

In our vision, we see communities that are safe, inclusive, and compassionate, empowering marginalized individuals to forge equitable opportunities for themselves and their communities.

Non-Discrimination Clause

Odyssey World International Education Services prohibits discrimination in its programs, services, policies, hiring practices and administration on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability.

Our Values

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Social Justice

We are committed to raising awareness, holding leaders accountable, and coordinating community efforts to fight against systematic policies that oppress marginalized members. 

Collaboration & Service

We value collaboration with organizations that raise awareness about social issues and participate in efforts that safeguard our basic human rights.

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Equity in Education

We value partnerships with educators, families, and community-based organizations whose work reduces barriers for low-income, BIPOC, and other marginalized students.

Inclusive Communities

We value the different perspectives and insights that come directly from the people that we serve. Relationship building empowers us to better understand the context of social challenges and advocate for  more sensible solutions.

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Diversity

We value the opportunity to embrace, highlight, and celebrate the richness that diversity brings into our communities. We strive to promote awareness and compassion in helping those who are underrepresented.  

Our Journey

History and Work

History

  • Started by Karen and Loveita Morrison, a Black mother-daughter team in 2006 in Spokane, WA.

  • Began by seeking host families in Spokane for Maassai dancers that were fundraising to send girls to school instead of marriages. (Kenya)

  • Led service trips to Maasai land  and organized reproductive health classes for Maasai women (Kenya)

  • Provided transportation, housewares, life skills training and tutoring to refugees families in Spokane, WA

  • Partnered with Spokane Public Schools English Language Dept and NAACP to organize events that fostered interracial and intercultural understanding and rally against discrimination in the local education and legal institutions. 

OWIES Today

At OWI Education Services, we believe in the power of collaboration. We’ve forged partnerships with community organizations, government offices, and educational institutions to address the issues impacting the resiliency of  BIPOC  and low-income communities. Our outreach is designed to connect families to educational, health, and housing resources.

 

We are dedicated to reducing disparities our institutions, promoting cross-cultural understanding,  and using education to promote awareness about services, policies, and issue within our communities. Regardless of one's background, we strive to be the bridge that connects people to the resources they need to thrive.

What We Do

  • Raise Awareness  about issues that impact women and BIPOC families

  • We connect clients to resources through direct services and referrals to service providers throughout our expansive network of community partners.

  • Engage BIPOC and low-income youth in experiential learning opportunities beyond traditional classrooms:  We engage youth through coordinating experiential learning opportunities, field trips, and camps.

  • Advocate for Affordable Housing and Equitable Access to Emergency housing resources

  • Coordinate Community Events that promote cross-cultural understanding, the services of local non-profits, and the notable contributions or achievements from members of the BIPOC community.

Our History in Pictures

Our Team

Our Team

Directors

Karen Morrison, Founder/President/ Executive Director (2006-now)

Program Development,
Community Outreach and Engagement