Evanston/North Shore

Racial Justice Training Institute


YWCA Evanston/North Shore is committed to helping our community understand, challenge, and eliminate racism at the individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels. We know that racism is more than personal bias; racism continues because it is built into our institutions and policies, fostering predictable patterns of inequity. To create a more equitable society, we offer tools to individuals and institutions to create antiracist transformation through our Racial Justice Training Institute.

Training & Education

There are several ways to participate in the Racial Justice Training Institute. Our calendar of training and education activities is comprised of: comprehensive institutional trainings as part of our Becoming Equitable Institutions series; single educational workshops; and informal gatherings for conversation and learning. Learn more about training and education opportunities here.

Organizational Consultation

We regularly work with individual institutions - civic, educational, community, faith-based - to provide customized on-site training, as well as ongoing consultation and support for their institutional transformation. Contact Racial Justice Program Director Eileen Hogan Heineman to learn more.


Each year, YWCA Evanston/North Shore participates in the national YWCA Stand Against Racism, and hosts both a Racial Justice Summit and the Ricky Birdsong Memorial Race Against Hate, a community-wide event drawing over 5,200 participants each year. Individuals and institutions are invited to participate in all of these events. Our Racial Justice Training Institute provides trainings and programs to support organizations who use these events as opportunities to deepen the institution’s understanding of equity.


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