Evanston/North Shore

Racial Equity Workshops

Participants in YWCA Racial Equity Workshops develop the skills and vocabulary necessary to engage in honest reflection on their own identities, as well as on how systemic racism affects the lives of all who live and work in our communities. Trained facilitators lead participants to:

  • explore societal influences that perpetuate a culture of white superiority
  • envision what racial equity looks like
  • identify roles individuals can take to move themselves and the systems in which they participate toward becoming more equitable

Racial Equity Workshops generally take place one evening a week for three weeks. Topics for each week are as follows:

Unit 1: Socialization, Implicit Bias, and Microaggressions
How do the early messages we received impact the way we see our own and others’ racial identities?  We'll work to recognize the ways implicit bias is shown through our words and actions allows us to start changing some old patterns.

Unit 2: Power and Privilege
How are power and privilege attained - and maintained - inequitably? We'll work together to identify ways they can be used to disrupt the status quo.

Unit 3: Liberation
How do we accomplish our goal of becoming racially just and of creating equitable communities?

Cost for the workshops is: $110 for all three sessions, or $40 for each individual session. We want everyone who is interested to participate, so if fees are an issue, let us know. Contact Eileen Hogan Heineman, Director of Racial Justice Program Community Engagement, at 224-420-3295.

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For more info, contact Eileen Hogan Heineman, 224-420-3295.


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