We know that racism is more than personal bias. Racism continues because it is built into our institutions and policies, fostering predictable patterns of inequity.
We are dedicated to promoting racial and gender equity at the individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels by partnering with individuals and institutions through training and education, community engagement programs, and annual events.
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 journey here.
Becoming Equitable Institutions
Ideal for institutions. BEI 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 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!
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.