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2019 Equity Summit

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The fourth annual Equity Summit gathers our collective resources in one place for a summit designed to move us – as individuals and as systems – to transformation.

The goal is to bring together municipal, organizational, faith-based and business leaders, educators, activists and individual citizens to deepen their understanding of their own racial and gender identities, develop skills to work for change, formulate action plans and engage with others.

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Summit Schedule

Wednesday, April 10

5:30-7:30 pm
Launching into Transformative Space: Opening Reception and Release of Preliminary Summary of State of Equity in Evanston Project
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.

Breakout Sessions:

  • Building Inclusive Communities Through Transformative Facilitation – Kelli Covey & Rebecca Brown, The
  • Gender Inclusion
  • Policy/Advocacy for Equity
  • Moving Organizations to Equity
  • Workshops as a Step toward Change

We hope you can join us!

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Breakout Session Presenters and Topics

Sekile Nzinga-Johnson

Northwestern University Women's Center

Intersectional Feminist Praxis: A Blueprint for Feminist Action

Sharmili Majmudar

Women Employed

Women, Wages, and Wealth

Kelli Covey

The Covey Group

Building Inclusive Communities Through Transformative Facilitation (Kelly Covey & Rebecca Brown)

Rina Campbell

Campbell Consulting

Upstanders and Allyship by Evanston 4 All (with Pastor Dan Ruen & Dilnaz Waraich)

Nataka Moore

Adler University

A Look at Gender Equity from the Perspective of a Woman of Color

Jonathan Holmes

Chicago Urban League

History of Racist Ideas

Corrie Wallace

National SEED Project

Overview of the SEED Program: What Is It and Who Should Participate? (with Pat Savage-Williams)

Pat Savage-Williams

National SEED Project

Overview of the SEED Program: What Is It and Who Should Participate? (with Corrie Wallace)

Building Healthy Relationships Team

YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Striving to Make the Classroom a Safe Place for All

Dino Robinson

Shorefront Legacy Center

Truth Telling: An Evanston Historical Perspective (with Lori Osborne)

Lori Osborne

Evanston History Center/Frances Willard House

Truth Telling: An Evanston Historical Perspective (with Dino Robinson)

Luis Gutierrez

Latinos Progresando

Community-based Advocacy: Engagement Strategies for Equity (with Tenisha Jones)

Juan Sebastian Arias

Chicago United for Equity

How/Why to Use a Racial Equity Impact Assessment Tool

Gloria Woods

Kaleidoscope Group

A Way Forward for Organizations: A Strategic Approach to Achieving Equity

Jaye Hobart

Woods Fund Chicago

History & Overview of Racial Healing Circles and Chicagoland Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation

darien r wendell

Spoken Word Performance

Un/bound: Black Trans Femme Potential

Racial and gender equity are part of our mission.

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.

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.