YWCA Evanston/North Shore is proud to be participating in the National Day of Racial Healing, sponsored by the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation initiative of the Kellogg Foundation. All across the country from Jan. 21-24, people will be taking part in powerful and moving experiences of racial healing. Racial healing recognizes the need to acknowledge and tell the truth about past wrongs created by individual and systemic racism and address the present consequences. It is an experience and a tool that can facilitate trust and build authentic relationships that bridge divides created by real and perceived differences.
Our Equity Institute is grateful that many individuals and organizations in Evanston are interested in the work of racial healing. We know it is not the responsibility of one person, one group, or one organization to drive this work. The responsibility belongs to all of us to participate in these honest, powerful and moving experiences and, pursue this journey together. Through racial healing, we can forge deep, meaningful relationships, lay the groundwork to transform broken systems, and create a community in which, together, we are a new force for positive change.
Those who live, work and worship in Evanston are encouraged to consider participating in one of the Racial Healing Circles that will be offered throughout the week.
What is a Racial Healing Circle?
It is a session consisting of both group interactions and smaller, more intimate conversations between 2 partners. The experience relies on intentional listening. It may be an emotional, even transformational, experience for participants, as conversations can unearth truths and conscious and unconscious biases. It can also raise the awareness, consciousness, compassion and empathy among those who participate. Racial healing practitioners are responsible for helping to ensure that these circles are confidential safe spaces for participants to have truthful conversations with one another. Circles will be hosted by the City of Evanston, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Ridgeville Park District and YWCA Evanston/North Shore.
Details about Evanston Racial Healing Circles
Evanston’s Racial Healing Circles will be 2 ½ hours long, and we ask that you register ONLY if you can attend the complete session. Also, since we hope to create circles which as much racial, gender, age, and ethnic diversity as possible, please indicate ANY sessions you would be able to attend, and we will then assign participants. If there are too many registrants for this first round of Racial Healing Circles (wouldn’t THAT be great?!), we will assign people on first come, first served basis, as much as possible. And we will then get busy scheduling more Racial Healing Circles for the future.
Please complete the registration form below as soon as possible – and share the link with others you think will be interested. We hope to receive all registrations by Jan. 16, so we can then create the groups.
Tune in to the Kellogg Foundation Livestream National Day of Racial Healing event on January 21 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am.