YWCA’s Equity Institute is dedicated to promoting racial equity at all levels. In order to do so, we engage with individuals, community groups, and institutions. Our full range of consulting, training and education, community engagement programs, racial equity resources, and annual events offers opportunities for all to develop the knowledge and resources to move towards racial equity.
We believe that all people have the right to be heard, and we believe in the value of listening. We also believe that education exposes truth and leads to greater understanding, and ultimately, to action.
Start or continue your racial equity journey here.
Ideal for institutions, consulting provides a comprehensive overview of how to begin and implement an equity initiative within your organization.
Informal and casual. Come together over coffee or lunch to discuss current issues of racial justice and learn from one another's experiences.
Equity in Evanston Project
Learn more about our Equity in Evanston Project - where we explore how our communities are advancing —or failing to advance — equity.
Monique Parsons, McGaw YMCA President/CEO
Our racial equity programs will:
- deepen the knowledge that individuals can utilize to become more effective anti-racist advocates
- help build commitments to policies and practices that create long-term, sustainable change
- invite open dialogue and discussion towards mutual understanding raise awareness of oppression on the interpersonal, institutional, and systemic levels
Listen and learn more from our racial equity educators!
Learn more about our young men’s leadership and “Building Healthy Relationships” programs by listening to this “It’s Skokie” podcast. It features Antonio Rice (Violence Prevention Educator) and Eileen Hogan Heineman (Manager, Equity Institute Community Outreach) talking about our violence prevention and racial equity work in Skokie — programs which are available in many other communities in northeastern suburban Chicagoland.