YWCA Evanston/North Shore Equity Institute Program Newsletter | March 2019
Equity Summit 2019

The Way Forward: Through Healing to Transformation

The fourth annual Equity Summit gathers our collective resources in one place for a summit designed to move us – as individuals and as systems – to transformation.

Wednesday, April 10 evening (opening reception) & Thursday, April 11 all-day (equity workshops). Participants are invited to register for either or both days.

Cost: $30-125 (Scholarships and discounts available for students and groups)

Greetings! We are inviting you to join us in elevating equity as a priority and to demonstrate your commitment to exploring how we can create a more equitable community! We are offering an Equity Partner registration package, which allows up to 5 members of your organization to attend the Equity Summit at a discount, plus table space to share information about your organization.

We will recognize and thank all organizations represented at this important community event, and we hope to include you and your organization on this list. Secure space for your team .

Thanks to our first Equity Partners: Evanston/Skokie Community Consolidated School District 65, McGaw YMCA, and Unitarian Church of Evanston
Keynote Speaker

Award-winning change agent Dr. Gail C. Christopher is the visionary for and architect of the W K Kellogg Foundation-led Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort for America.
Workshop Presenters
Corrie Wallace, National SEED Project
Pat Savage-Williams, National SEED Project
YWCA Building Healthy Relationships
Lori Osborne, Evanston History Center/Frances Willard House
Dino Robinson, Shorefront Legacy Center
Luis Gutierrez, Latinos Progresando
Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, Northwestern University Women's Center
Sharmili Majmudar, Women Employed
Kelli Covey, The Covey Group
Rina Campbell, Evanston 4 All                 
Nataka Moore, Adler University
Jonathan Holmes, Chicago Urban League
Juan Sebastian Arias, Chicago United for Equity
Gloria Woods, The Kaleidoscope Group
Jaye Hobart, Woods Fund Chicago

Program Updates
Meet Katie, our Equity Institute Associate
We are proud to introduce Katie Scheuber, our Equity Institute Associate! In her/their role, Katie assists with curriculum planning and research and is also leading an exciting video project for this year’s Equity Summit featuring community members working towards a more equitable Evanston.  

Katie came to YWCA as a participant in the 40-hour domestic violence training and volunteer at our emergency shelter. She/They then joined YWCA’s Building Healthy Relationships team as a Violence Prevention Educator and took on an additional role with the Equity Institute in January.

“I’m very excited to be here because it aligns with my values and my personal mission. It is a great space to continue learning and meet really cool people. I’m excited to be able to take part in conversations about healthy relationships with students in middle school and high school, and what goes into a healthy relationship. As I’m teaching about healthy relationships, I’m still always learning for myself, and that’s a fun dynamic. I’m also equally excited to help the Equity Institute grow, develop, assist in research and more.”

Katie received her/their bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and is a Masters’ candidate at University of Illinois at Chicago for Public Administration.
How do you stand against racism in your day-to-day life?
How do you help your workplace, neighborhood, house of worship, team or family become more equitable? We invite you to share the ways you’re building a more inclusive community, and to be intentional about taking a stand against racism.

Stand in Evanston - Wednesday, April 24 @ 1:30 pm (along Ridge)

Stand in Skokie - Thursday, April 25 @ 10:30 am (on Oakton in front of Village Hall and Skokie Public Library)

Last year, over 11,000 people were part of our visible stands in Evanston and Skokie. Here are a few quick things to get you started:

  • Register online for your group to participate in our public Stand Against Racism and invite others to join you at your location
  • Check out YWCA USA's toolkit, as well materials from our YWCA Equity Institute. 
  • Talk with your community partners or neighboring institutions. How can you use this year’s stand against racism to build capacity for changing inequitable structures? What can you do before, during and after the Stand, so that your participation is more meaningful?