Evanston/North Shore

Racial Justice Summit

Racial justice is part of our mission.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore has a deep and abiding commitment to working on issues of economic, gender and racial justice; particularly in the places where these systems of oppression overlap each other. There is little doubt that the systemic oppression of people of color in the United States remains painfully alive. Even when we do not want to see it or speak of it, deep in our core, we are quite aware that:

  • the rules and standards that govern our lives are skewed in favor of some and against others;
  • power and opportunity are distributed inequitably;
  • the basic rights of citizenship are unequally available; and
  • race and racism shape each of the previous points.

The Annual Racial Justice Summit offers an opportunity to gather our collective resources in one place for a one-day summit open to the public. The goal is to bring people – of all ages and demographics – together to deepen their understanding of their own racial identities, develop skills to work for change, formulate action plans, and engage with others.

We are currently working on plans for our 2018 Summit, which will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2018 at the Unitarian Church of Evanston. More details will be available in early 2016. Please add your name to our Contact List so you will be notified about this and other racial justice updates.

Our first summit: 

YWCA Evanston/North Shore hosted our first Racial Justice Summit, “Mirrors and Methods: Tools for Creating Racial Equity”, May 5-6, 2016. The Summit featured  a keynote address from Dr. Brittney Cooper (Rutgers, Salon.com) . View her keynote address here:


Dr. Brittney Cooper YWCA Racial Justice Summit 2016 from YWCA Evanston/North Shore on Vimeo. (Karen Singer, President/CEO of YWCA Evanston/North Shore speaks until 8:21, at which point she introduces Donique McIntosh, Racial Justice Program Co-Director. Dr. Brittney Cooper speaks at 10:34)


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