Selected jointly by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Alumni Association, this award recognizes alumni whose work exemplifies inclusion, promotes equity, and values and reflects the diversity of our world: gender identity and expression, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, spirituality, age cohort, and the infinite other dimensions that intersect to make each person unique.

The 2022 Trailblazer Award Winner, Jyotica Barrio ’15

Portrait of Jyotica Barrio '15

The winner of the 2022 Trailblazer Award for Diversity and Inclusion is Jyotica Barrio ’15, a champion for diversity and inclusion at her workplace. She has volunteered her time to support her colleagues, has held space for difficult conversations with leadership and has advocated successfully for change within her company. Her efforts to promote diversity and inclusion at her workplace ranged from forming a DE&I coalition, to creating and facilitating a training program for the executive leadership team, to creating and leading implicit bias workshops.

Jyotica’s work was integral to her workplace, Audro, being ranked the 6th most equitable workplace in Washington state by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Jyotica recently became the DEI Program Manager for Cascade Public Media in Seattle.