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Equity Summit

Racial and gender equity are part of our mission.

Equity Summit logoYWCA 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.

The annual Equity Summit offers an opportunity to gather our collective resources in one place for a one-day summit open to the public. The goal is to bring people – of all ages and demographics – together to deepen their understanding of their own racial identities, develop skills to work for change, formulate action plans, and engage with others.

Save Thursday, April 11 for our 2019 Equity Summit!

We are excited to announce the Equity Summit’s keynote speaker, Dr. Gail C. Christopher and this year’s theme: “The way forward: through healing to transformation.”

The Equity Summit will take place:

Wednesday, April 10
5:30-7:30 pm
Launching into Transformative Space
Opening Reception, Introduce YWCA Equity Institute
Release of State of Equity in Evanston Report
Hardin Hall of Northwestern University

Thursday, April 11
8:00 am-3:30 pm
The Way Forward: Through Healing to Transformation
Beth Emet, The Free Synagogue

Gail ChristopherKeynote Speaker:
Award-winning change agent Dr. Gail C. Christopher, the visionary for and architect of the W K Kellogg Foundation-led Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort for America.

Workshop strands include:

  • Transformative Group Facilitation
  • Gender Inclusion
  • Policy/Advocacy for Equity
  • Moving Organizations to Equity
  • Workshops as a Step toward Change

We hope you can join us! Registration is expected to open in early February. Complete the form below and we’ll let you know when more details are available.