Breathing new life into our work
Teachings from Dee Koester, MS, Founder and Executive Director
The name Sayu'? X Wey was given to WomenSpirit Coalition as an encompassing collective spirit to guide our work. We first named our online learning service (online college), Sayu’? X Wey Institute when developing it in 2011. The name was gifted by Delbert Miller, of the Skokomish Tribe, who is the cultural bearer, storyteller, carver, and drummer. He is also the nephew of Subiyay Gerald Bruce Miller (1944-2005). Bruce also provided support and wisdom to the early founding of WomenSpirit Coalition.
We all know how difficult it is to move beyond trauma to becoming a thriver in spite of the violence perpetrated against you, especially by those we love. WSC embraces not only the desire to move forward, but also the action it takes to do so. Sayu’? X Wey represents the honor and respect that we have for survivors who have succeeded, sometimes beyond hope and reality.