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Here's how we eliminate racism every day. 

The YWCA supports policies that contribute to the elimination of racism. This includes but is not limited to policies that eliminate racial profiling, increase immigrant rights, retain and strengthen affirmative action, reduce hate crimes and result in increased education on racism and its elimination.

Affirmative Action

The YWCA supports the maintenance and strengthening of affirmative action laws to protect people from discrimination on the basis of race and gender. 

Read the YWCA USA Position Paper on Affirmative Action


Monthly Dialogues on Issues of Racism & Discrimination

Every last Friday of each month; 12:00-1:30pm

YWCA Greater Austin
2015 S IH 35
Suite 110
Austin, TX 78741

Because racism is an ongoing issue perpetrated on a regular basis towards immigrants, people who are undocumented, and all people of color, the impact of racism necessitates a community space for processing and discussion. The YWCA, with its mission to eliminate racism and empower women, will be hosting a monthly group that provides a space for frank discussions, reflection, and contemplation of the psychological and emotional impact acts of racism have on the individual and community to help work through emotions. This group is open to community members, including clergy, students, teachers, social workers, counselors, as well as the private and public sectors. Anyone interested in participating, please call Laura Gomez-Horton, LCSW at (512) 326-1222 to register.


YWatx Advocacy Committee

The purpose of the YWCA Greater Austin's Advocacy Committee is to effectively and efficiently engage in advocacy efforts, local and national, that will promote the YWCA mission and vision, as well as community engagement, partnerships, and leadership development.  Locally, the YWCA Greater Austin fully supports all public policy priorities set by the YWCA USA for all YWCAs throughout the country.  To request more information or to join the committee, click here.


Continuing Education Series

For over 20 years, the Austin affiliate of the YWCA has been an accredited provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for licensed social workers (LM/LCSW), licensed marriage & family therapists (LMFT) and licensed professional counselors (LPC). For just as long, the YWCA has been dedicated to two monumentally important tasks with very few champions in the fight Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women.

Pursuing our commitment to implement racial and social justice programming in our daily work is an impetus of our Continuing Education Series.  By offering educational and informative presentations by nationally-known speakers, mental health professionals, social workers, educators, school counselors, youth workers, and others working in social service organizations have the opportunity to gain new ideas on racial justice in our communities. The YWCA offers Continuing Education Units (CEU) to those attending these presentations. 

Over the years, the YWCA Continuing Education Series has featured the following:

Understanding Power, Privilege & Oppression: Why Social Justice Issues Are Important in the Counseling Context

presented by (former YWCA Board Member) Smita Ruzicka, Ph.D., LPC-S.


Racism, Poverty & PTSD in the Wake of Katrina presented by Jamey Cheek, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, Dawnovise Fowler, Ph.D., and Alberta Phillips, Austin American-Statesman


The Psychology of Hate presented by Dr. Ricardo Ainslie, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas and a Fellow in the Charles H. Spence Centennial Professorship in Education


Bridging the Gap: Overcoming Middle-class Biases in Working with Diverse Populations featuring Rita Pierson, Ed.D., LPC, from the Aha! Process, Inc


Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? featuring panelists, Ann Kitchen, Executive Director, Indigent Care Collaboration, Shannon Jones, Assistant Director, Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Public Health Division, Marva Overton, Executive Director, Alliance for African American Health, Armando Rayo, Director Hands On Central Texas, United Way Capital Area and Melissa Smith, M.D. Medical Director, Seton Community Health Centers

For more information on how you can participate call 512/326-1222 or e-mail:


YWCA Greater Austin   2015 South IH 35, Suite 110   Austin, TX 78741
email:   Phone: 512-326-1222   Fax: 512-326-1395
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