Thanks for tuning in to our panel discussion yesterday on Racial Healing and Reparations. We were gratified that so many joined us from around the United States (and the U.K.!) to learn about steps we can all take to move our communities towards healing, equity, and justice. If you missed the discussion or would like to share it with others, you can access it on our Facebook page here.

Below you'll find a variety of different ways to get further engaged, from free informal discussions (see Let's Talk @ Lunch), to workshops, organizational consulting, and multi-day events. Take the next step in your journey today.

Equity Institute Team
YWCA Evanston/North Shore
Racial Healing Circles
Those who live, work or worship in Evanston are invited to register for a series of THREE Racial Healing Circles. The first two will happen in racial affinity groups and the third session will be mixed across racial groups. We are asking folks to register only if they can participate in all three sessions.

Please note: You will indicate all the Jan-Feb dates that work for you in the registration form. Starting in mid-January, we will create the circles as registrations come in, and then confirm the dates that have been assigned to you. Thanks for your patience!
Racial Equity Workshops
All Racial Equity Workshops are virtual. Each workshop is $100 per person. Register for two or more racial equity workshops, take 50% off all workshops (discount will be automatically applied at checkout; offer must be within one transaction).
Foundational Series: Equity 101
Our 101 series is the place to start if you are starting your equity journey.
Microaggressions: Intent vs. Impact
Jan. 25, 2021
2:00 - 4:00 pm Central Time
What are microaggressions? What are helpful responses when I see, commit, or have someone use one on me? Sign up now
Understanding Power & Privilege
Feb. 8, 2021
2:00 - 4:00 pm Central Time
This workshop explores: What privilege is, who has it and how it works for them. Sign up now
Developing Cultural Humility
Feb. 22, 2021
2:00 - 4:00 pm Central Time
We’ll explore how an organization can become inclusive and understanding of a variety of cultures, races, abilities, and differences. Sign up now
Advancing Understanding Series: Equity 201
Our 201 series is perfect for those who want to dive a little deeper. Register now
Socialization of Oppression: Breaking the Cycle
Mar. 11, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Central
This workshop looks at how we have been socialized to play certain roles within the systems of oppression that are deeply rooted in American culture, and how we help maintain oppressive systems. Sign up now
What is White Supremacy Culture?
Mar. 25, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Central
What are the characteristics of white supremacy culture – and what do we do once we’ve recognized this? Understanding this makes it easier to talk about race and racism. Sign up now
Advocacy in Action
April 8, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Central
This workshop is for those who want to see systemic change in their locale, their institution, or their sector, but don’t know where or how to start. Sign up now
New to Community Pass (our registration platform)? Follow our guide to set-up an account.
Upcoming Equity Events
Save the date(s) for the following annual YWCA equity events - more info to come soon!
April 22-25, 2021
Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. (Read about our 2020 Stand Against Racism here.)
May 13-14, 2021
The annual Equity Summit gathers our collective resources in one place for a summit designed to move us – as individuals and as systems – to transformation.

The goal is to bring together municipal, organizational, faith-based and business leaders, educators, activists and individual citizens to deepen their understanding of their own racial and gender identities, develop skills to work for change, formulate action plans and engage with others. (Read about our 2020 Summit here.)
Other Equity Institute Resources
Becoming Equitable Institutions (BEI) Consulting: As you work to make your communities, organizations, businesses and institutions more equitable, the YWCA Equity Institute and our team of consultants are here to help you do the work. Learn more and tell us how might we be able to work with your organization.

Let's Talk @ LunchVirtual opportunities for facilitated conversation on current issues of racial equity. Occurs the third Wednesday every month. Free! Sign up now

Our Equity Resource Library has lots of resources -- podcasts, videos, articles, books, websites -- for you to explore on your own time too.
Donate to Support our Equity Work
We're able to sustain and grow our Equity Institute because of generous donors like you. Thank you for your support.
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