YWCA Equity Institute | May/June 2019 E-News
Thank you for attending the 2019 Equity Summit! 
2019 Equity Summit Recap
Keynote Speaker Dr. Gail Christopher's speech
This year’s Equity Summit brought together a diverse array of residents, practitioners, and stakeholders that filled the space, and we appreciate your support to make it a success!

In case you missed it, we launched the Equity in Evanston project where you can find an overview of Evanston demographics and data on racial and gender disparities and recommended resources and strategies to make Evanston more equitable. Thursday’s workshops provided attendees with opportunities to build foundational knowledge, learn models and approaches to address equity, and practice skills to advance change. We hope you left feeling inspired and ready to take the next steps toward equity in your community.

As our keynote speaker Dr. Gail Christopher put so powerfully “There is power in our individual and collective ability to create an America that truly values all people.” We encourage you to stay engaged and share what you learned with your neighbors, friends, and colleagues. 

We invite you to view the recap video of this year’s Equity Summit here and Dr. Gail Christopher's speech in its entirety here .

Thank you again for joining in the 2019 Equity Summit!
Special thanks to our Equity Summit Partners and Location Hosts :
Beth Emet the Free Synagogue, City of Evanston, Evanston Community Foundation, Evanston Public Library, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, McGaw YMCA, Northwestern University, Niles Township District 219, Ridgeville Park District, Skokie Public Library, Unitarian Church of Evanston REAL and Youth & Opportunity United.
Stand Against Racism Thanks...
...to thousands who participated in the YWCA Stand Against Racism . From the smallest children chanting: “We choose love over hate, we do not discriminate!” to the D219 high school students leading assemblies at Niles West and Niles North to the ageless (95+ years old) Sr. Benita Coffey with the Benedictines for Peace,the Evanston and Skokie businesses, schools and residents stood, walked or rallied April 24 and 25, making clear that they stand for equity, for community, for healing.

We were encouraged by the post-Stand discussions at the Unitarian Church of Evanston and at the Skokie Village Hall, with folks identifying the ways see racism in action and planning ways they will continue to stand against it.  Videos from the events are below:
Skokie Stand Against Racism
Evanston Stand Against Racism
Do you enjoy learning by reading a book, listening to podcasts or watching a Ted Talk? Check out the Equity Resource Library to deepen your understanding of equity anywhere, anytime.
Upcoming Workshops & Events
Join us for an informal conversation

June 4, 1:30-2:30 P @ YoFresh Yogurt Cafe, 635 Chicago Ave, Evanston

June 12, 1:30-2:30 PM @ Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central St, Evanston

 June 18, 1:30-2:30 PM @ Skokie Village Hall (conference room D, 2nd Floor), 5127 Oakton St, Skokie

Learn more about Let's Talk @ Lunch here .
"Reel" Talk film series is back!
June 24, July 1 & July 8 : 6:30 – 8:30 PM  
YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Room 207 (1215 Church Street)

Join us to view and discuss “Race: The Power of an Illusion”, the 3-part series which provides strong background information about how we got to where we are today regarding “race” in this country. Come for one episode or be here for all three.

This is event is FREE but please RSVP below!
From Tragedy to Victory: Running the Race Against Hate

Thu. June 13, 2019, 8:00-9:30 AM
Hilton Garden Inn , Evanston

Please join us for a special breakfast conversation between Sherialyn Byrdsong and YWCA President/CEO Karen Singer.

Sherialyn will share her reflections on Ricky’s legacy, why she started the Race Against Hate in his memory, and what we can all do now to build a more compassionate and just community.

This event is free, but limited to the first 75 respondents to RSVP.
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Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate

Sunday, June 16, 2019, 7:30 AM
Floyd Long Field , Evanston

The Race Against Hate is a race with purpose -- this annual 5/10K run, walk, and youth mile, held every Father's Day, is a staple of our community and a family-friendly way to take a stand against racism and hate.

And, if you’re looking for ways to get both your mind and body in shape for the race, check out these creative ideas: Getting Ready for the Race .
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