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Equity Summit 2021: “Redistributing Power to Build Liberated Communities”

2021 Equity Summit logoMay 13-14, 2021
Virtual: Registration will open in March


YWCA Evanston/North Shore has a deep and abiding commitment to working on issues of economic, gender and racial justice; particularly in the places where these systems of oppression overlap each other. There is little doubt that the systemic oppression of people of color in the United States remains painfully alive. Even when we do not want to see it or speak of it, deep in our core, we are quite aware that:

  • the rules and standards that govern our lives are skewed in favor of some and against others;
  • power and opportunity are distributed inequitably;
  • the basic rights of citizenship are unequally available; and
  • race and racism shape each of the previous points.

To achieve this work, the Equity Institute will be hosting its annual Equity Summit virtually May 13-14, 2021 with the theme “Redistributing Power to Build Liberated Communities.”

The goals of the Summit are to:

  • Equip participants with increased knowledge and skills to actively promote equity
  • Strengthen the community of individuals doing this work

Registration for the Summit will open at the beginning of March. We hope you’ll join us! For more information email equityinstitute@ywca-ens.org.

Are you interested in being a presenter at the Summit?

We are inviting presenters for breakout sessions that will engage participants in meeting the Summit goals. Link to our 2021 Request for Proposals.

Thank you to our Equity Supporter

Chicago Community Trust

Learn about our 2020 Equity Summit

Thank you to the 450 people who attended our virtual Equity Summit, Transformation in the New Decade, held June 25 and 26, 2020.

In addition to breakout workshops and opportunities to connect, the Summit featured:

  • New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie being interviewed by WBEZ Chicago South Side Reporter Natalie Moore (left below) on this moment in time: why George Floyd’s murder created this state of reckoning in our country and where we go from here.
  •  A panel discussion on Transforming Our Systems: What COVID-19 Reminds Us about Race and Next Steps with YWCA Equity Institute Director Tiffany McDowell, Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, Dr. Evelynn Hammonds, retired Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Evonda Thomas-Smith and Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum, Sylvia Puente. 

Watch the videos below:

Featured speakers Jamelle Bouie and Natalie Moore
Transforming Our Systems: What COVID-19 Reminds Us about Race and Next Steps