Evanston/North Shore

Racial Justice

YWCA Evanston/North Shore is committed to helping our community understand, challenge and eliminate racism, at the individual, interpersonal and institutional levels. Our programs include:

Racial Equity Workshops

Our quarterly workshops help participants develop the skills and vocabulary necessary to engage in honest dialogue, in order to understand how systemic racism affects the lives of all who live and work in our communities. Trained facilitators offer workshops such as:  Socialization, Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, Communicating Across Cultures, Power and Privilege, Oppression, Liberation.  

Building Equitable Institutions

In order to effect lasting change, transformation must occur at the systemic level. Building Equitable Institutions (BEI) is designed to guide organizations through the steps necessary to become models of equity, inclusion and racial justice. We are excited to be able to offer this initiative to institutions ready to make the commitment to the work!

Let's Talk @ Lunch

Let's Talk @ Lunch is an informal drop-in discussion series which uses short articles, video clips, and/or recent community events as a catalyst for honest conversation about racial issues. LT@L occurs monthly in several locations, including here at the YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

Just sitting here, early in the morning, and lifting up gratitude for YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Your tireless work in racial equity and justice is inspiring to our whole community and bears fruit everywhere. "Reel" Talk Films

Watch, think, react, share, listen, learn! "Reel" Talk Films provides another forum to challenge your thinking and deepen your understanding about issues of race and racism. Our "Reel" Talks  feature a movie or video followed by facilitated discussion.

Racial Justice Summit

The goal of our annual Racial Justice Summit is to bring people of all ages and demographics together to deepen their understanding of their racial identities, develop skills to work for change, formulate action plans, and engage with others.

I am especially fond of the “Let's Talk at Lunch” effort, as it reaches people who might not be drawn to other work. It never fails that someone in the group, most of whom have been progressive thinkers all their lives (and that includes me) have an "Aha" moment, some time along the way. It is such a gift in keeping our community alive and responding to new challenges all the time.

Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA. The annual event is designed to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism. Community organizations, businesses, schools, faith groups can take a Stand Against Racism by hosting an event where participants may gather to take part in a variety of activities: trainings, film/book discussion groups, community education, public policy advocacy, etc. YWCA Evanston/North Shore then encourages all to join our visible Stand Against Racism, lining the streets of our communities, culminating in a commitment or re-commitment to work for racial justice. In 2017, the public Stand Against Racism will take place April 28th.

Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate

YWCA Evanston/North Shore's Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate raises awareness by bringing together thousands of people to participate in our 5K/10K/walk/youth mile, and to commit to working together to eliminate racism, violence and hate crimes. 

We partner with local organizations and institutions that share our commitment to engaging the community in steps to eliminate racism. We are proud to work with congregations, businesses, educational institutions and other community groups to make racial equity a goal for all of us. Contact Racial Justice Program Directors Eileen Hogan Heineman to learn more.


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