Shajuanda Tate is a former FEPPS student and member of the FEPPS advisory board. She was released after six years in prison in 2013. She is a full-time student at Tacoma Community College, and the recipient of the 2015 Jane’s Fellowship from the Russell Foundation. Fellows are “people in Pierce County who are willing to lead even without formal job titles, institutions and structures. They are often outside the spotlight. They are people of caring and vision who stay involved in tough causes despite the challenges, and they inspire action.” who experienced transformational growth during her incarceration.
In turn, she worked to share her message of hope in collaboration with other like-minded women, initially through facilitating inmate-led personal growth workshops. Most recently, she worked with a core group of inmates to found the Women’s Village: a grassroots, community building organization led by inmates for inmates, aimed at empowering women in all aspects of their lives. Shajuanda is a founding board member of FEPPS.