YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Racial Equity Training

The YWCA's Racial Equity Trainings 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 help the group envision what racial equity could look like and identify roles individuals can take to move us, and the systems in which we participate, toward the goal of becoming equitable communities. The following topics are explored:

Communicating Across Differences
How do we successfully engage with others, no matter the differences between us? Addresses the multiple dimensions of our identities, as well as the skills needed to effectively listen to others' stories and views, and to allow ourselves to be changed.

Race & Racism
If we are serious about creating racial equity, we need to understand: individual, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic racism and how they operate in our lives. We look at the legacy of systemic racism over several generations, demonstrating that we are far from being "post-racial".​

Exploring Privilege and Internalized Racism
Identifying privilege in our lives and in society in general helps us understand how racist messages become internalized by both the dominant culture and those being oppressed. Activities help us look at managing privilege, and ways the internalized messages can be re-shaped.

Racial Equity: What Does it Look Like and How Do We Get There?
Looks at the identifying characteristics of a racially equitable community and/or workplace and strategize about the steps necessary to develop those characteristics. What questions do we need to be raising, every day, everywhere? What action plan will you create for carrying this forward?
Our next training has not yet been scheduled, but please check back here soon or contact Racial Justice Program Director Eileen Hogan Heineman, eheineman@ywcae-ns.org or call 847-864-8445, ext. 158 if you are interested in learning more.



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