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 every month, 1:00-2:00
March 6th
April 3rd
May 1st
June 5th

Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central St., Evanston
2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:30-2:30 pm
February 14th
March 14th
April 11th
May 9th
June 13th

Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St. (Book Discussion Room)
3rd Tuesday of the month, Noon-1:00 pm
February 20
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 19 

ticles we've discussed that you might find useful:

"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!

The House We Live in

Thursday, March 8, 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: CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC by Claudia Rankin, Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm. Location TBA. Register now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dear-evanston-racial-justice-book-groupfebruary-21-2018-tickets-41527846908?aff=es2


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