YWCA Equity Institute | October 2019 E-News
The Equity Institute is having a busy Fall. We are:

  • Incorporating Leslie Lina Paluch, YWCA’s Policy & Advocacy Manager, into the Equity Institute Team, as we broaden our ability to answer the “What do we do now?” question that often arises once folks have attended workshops or trainings.
  • Hiring an additional full-time staff person for our Equity Institute, to increase our capacity and also focus on our internal equity work, as we strive to “walk the talk”.
  • Collaborating with community partners to plan future programming.
  • facilitating a year-long SEED seminar in Skokie.
  • Continuing to facilitate Racial Healing Circles through our work with Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) of Greater Chicago
  • Proudly sponsoring Family Action Network (FAN) programs, such as last Friday night’s talk by Ta Nehisi Coates at 7:00pm at ETHS.
Equity workshops
Participate in a Racial Equity Workshop

This Fall, we're offering Racial Equity Workshops. Led by trained facilitators, participants develop skills necessary to address racism at personal, interpersonal, and systemic levels. Workshops are open to all. Each workshop lasts 2.5 hours and costs $75 per person

Come together over lunch

Join us for an informal discussion about current issues of racial justice. Walk away from lunch more empowered to champion equity in your community.

  • *new date* Tuesday October 8, 1:30-2:30 PM @ YoFresh Yogurt Cafe, 635 Chicago Ave, Evanston
  • Wednesday October 9, 1:30-2:30 PM @ Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central St, Evanston
  • October 15, 12:00 -1:00 PM @ Skokie Village Hall, 5127 Oakton Street, Skokie

Learn more about Let's Talk @ Lunch here .
YWCA Event Calendar
Can't make one of our equity workshops or Let's Talk at Lunch dates? Check out YWCA's full calendar to stay engaged.
Learn about redlining in our communities
YWCA staff visited the “Undesign the Redline” exhibit to learn more about how the redlining process transformed explicit racism into structural racism across our nation -- but specifically in Chicago, Evanston and north shore communities.

"Undesign the Redline" is at the Lorraine H. Morton Evanston Civic Center through Oct. 20 -- we encourage residents and organizations to see this important exhibit in our city, about our city.

Thanks to exhibit sponsors Enterprise Community Partners and the City's Equity & Empowerment Commission, and our fellow exhibit partners Evanston Community Foundation, Northwestern University, Shorefront Legacy Center and the City of Evanston Illinois Government. Learn more
"Reel Talk" at the Civic Center
We’ll be showing “The House We Live In” (episode 3 of Race: The Power of an Illusion) at the Civic Center on Oct.16 at 3:00pm in Rm 2404, followed by discussion and opportunities to connect it to the Redesign the Redline exhibit. Learn more 
"Yes, and..." thoughts from the Equity team
In the midst of all the busyness of a new year of programming, we are also stepping back to reflect about where our work is going, and how we can keep nudging people to action. 

Often, our workshops or discussions end with us asking participants, “What will you do differently because of today’s session?” Going around the room or circle, we hear actions that individuals will take, such as, “I’m going to look up that event/person/ordinance we talked about to learn more about how it impacts people of color”, or “Definitely going to take that workshop on Implicit Bias, because I have to figure out what my biases are and how to manage them”, or similar comments. 

Are these the kinds of responses we’re hoping for?  Yes, and... ...read on
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