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THE WOMEN OF COLOR EMPOWERED

City University of Seattle staff member Christine Katayama, faculty member Trise Moore and alumna Kandy Ritter will be honored today (Sept. 24) at the Women of Power in Education luncheon in Seattle.
The event, hosted by The Women of Color Empowered organization, will feature 13 exceptional women recommended by their peers. Honorees are chosen based on career achievements, contributions to communities of color and inspirational leadership.

This is Katayama’s fifth year at CityU of Seattle. She works in the Albright School of Education as a program coordinator for the Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Professional Certification for Teachers and National Board Certification. Prior to CityU, she served as a high school teacher, assistant principal and principal.

Along with these responsibilities, Katayama serves as chair of the CityU Diversity Committee, which oversees the Diversity Scholars program. She won the 2002 Washington State High School Principal of the Year award along with the Phi Delta Kappa International Women in Leadership award. Katayama also helped manage a major Gates Foundation grant to start Aviation High School – an aviation-themed learning institution designed to prepare students for college.

An alumna of CityU’s School of Management, Moore designs and develops community outreach programs for non-profit organizations and educational institutions in Washington state. She earned a Master of Science in Project Management degree from CityU in 2006 and now teaches the CityU course Multicultural Perspectives on Student Achievement and Family Engagement.

Among her achievements, Moore is a member of the Washington state governor’s K-12 education advisory committee for the Washington Learns organization. She also served as a chair on both the City of Federal Way diversity commission and the south King County Habitat for Humanity community outreach group.

Katayama and Moore are also joined by Ritter who attended CityU in 2000. She currently serves as the superintendent to the Cape Flattery School District in Sekiu, Wash.

The Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation began the Women of Color Empowered non-profit organization of professional women in 1996. For more information, visit the website at womenofcolorempowered.com.

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