Women Studies/GWSS 2009 alum, Yecelica Valdivia, received the 2018 GWSS Alumni Award in honor and appreciation of their service to the Seattle community and long-standing commitment to the values of Women Studies at the University of Washington. Yecelica (aka YJV) is Co-Director at the Seattle Young People's Project.
Yecelica, who also goes by YJV, grew-up in Central Washington in the Yakima Valley. They're a child of a Mexican immigrant father and a mixed race mother from working class roots. They identify as a mixed race, gender-non-conforming, fat brown boi among many things. Their background is in community and youth organizing and anti-racism work. They're committed to supporting and learning with youth of color in their power, to defy, to define, and grow who they are and who they want to become.