Our Mission, Vision, Values
Our mission is to advocate for social justice collaboratively and compassionately while serving marginalized people that are impacted by poverty and discrimination.
We envision safe, inclusive, and compassionate communities where marginalized people are empowered to create equitable opportunities for themselves and others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Karen Morrison, Founder/President/ Executive Director (2006-now)
Loveita Morrison, Deputy Director (2006-now) (M.ED Curriculum & Instruction)
Miracle Joslin, Administrative Assistant (2019-now)
Elvia Santos Dominguez, Volunteer and Internship Coordinator (2023-now)
Elvia (left), Miracle (right)
Board of Directors
Rheta Rubenstein, PHD- Secretary and Editor
Jennifer Wyld, PHD- R & D Scholar, Event Manager
Pandora Pierce, Treasurer
Sarah Chivers, PHD- Curriculum Advisor & Researcher