Evanston/North Shore

Community Engagement Programs

Community engagement programs are free and open to the public. These forums located throughout the community offer individuals the opportunity to come together and discuss current issues of racial justice and learn from one another as we deepen our ability to effectively talk about racism. Click the calendar link to see all dates.

Let’s Talk @ Lunch

As we learn to talk THROUGH the issue of racism (instead of around it), we need to share a common language, and deepen our understanding by looking at events and institutions through a racial equity lens. One opportunity for such practice is our “Let’s Talk @ Lunch” program. Participants gather and YWCA provides a trained facilitator. All are welcome!

YoFresh Yogurt Café, 635 Chicago Ave., Evanston
First Tuesday of the month, 1:30-2:45 pm

Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central St., Evanston
2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:30-2:30 pm

Skokie Public Library, Book Discussion Room, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie
3rd Tuesday of the month, 12:00-1:00 pm
This is made possible by a grant from the Skokie Community Fund.

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"Reel Talk" Films

Watch, think, react, share, listen, learn! "Reel" Talk films provide another forum to challenge your thinking and deepen your understanding about issues of race and racism. Our bi-monthly "Reel" Talks feature a movie or video followed by facilitated discussion. Please join us!

Race: The Power of an Illusion

Monday Nov. 6, 13, 20 1:00-3:00 pm at National Louis University Lifelong Learning Institute 5202 Old Orchard Road, Skokie
You must register for the series. Go to: www.nl.edu/lifelonglearning/membershipfeesbenefits/

How did our nation’s understanding of race get us to where we are today? What is the science (if any), history, and lived experience of race? Join us as we view and discuss this three-part film series, produced by California Newsreel for PBS.

Cracking the Codes – The System of Racial Inequity

Tuesday, Nov. 28 6:30–8:30 pm at YWCA Evanston/North Shore 1215 Church St, Evanston

This film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments within, and it builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities.

Last Chance for Eden

Thursday, Jan 11 6:30–8:30 pm at YWCA Evanston/North Shore 1215 Church St, Evanston

Last Chance for Eden is a documentary about nine men and women discussing the issues of racism and sexism in the workplace. They examine the impact of society’s stereotypes on their lives in the workplace, in their personal relationships and within their families and in their communities. In the course of their dialogue, they also explore the differences and similarities between racism and sexism.

The House We Live in

Monday, March 12 6:30–8:30 pm at YWCA Evanston/North Shore 1215 Church St, Evanston

This film, the 3rd episode of Race: The Power of an Illusion, outlines the systems that have been in place in the U.S. to provide unequal access to housing, education, etc. And 50 years after Civil Rights billed were passed, we are still feeling the effects of those inequitable policies and decisions.

Have your own movie night:

Here are a few videos you could view on your own or with your family, friends, or co-workers to challenge your thinking and jump start conversation:

Book Discussion Group

YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a proud co-sponsor of the Dear Evanston Racial Justice Book Group. The next book we’ll read and discuss is: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, a very timely choice as many of our communities address the causes and effects of the decrease in affordable housing.

Groups will gather at multiple locations throughout Evanston on Weds, Dec 13th from 6:30-8:30pm. Register now at: www.eventbrite.com/e/dear-evanston-racial-justice-book-group-tickets-39631681426


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