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YWCA Equity Summit (virtual)
May 13 – May 14 all-day

May 13-14, 2021
9 am – 2 pm Central

The theme of our 6th annual Equity Summit is “Redistributing Power to Build Liberated Communities” and we’ll focus on strengthening the skills and knowledge of all of us who are committed to doing equity work in our local communities – no matter where we are.

The Summit includes two days of workshops, with over 25 presenters and 15 workshops. Featured panel discussions are:

  • Media as a Tool for Organizing with Glenance Green, Dr. Kimberly Ellis (Dr. Goddess), and Maudlyne Ihejirika

The role of media in protests and revolutions has garnered considerable attention in recent years. We have seen an increased use of social networking media such as Facebook, Twitter, and even TikTok to help organize, communicate and ultimately initiate advocacy campaigns and street actions. Media is being used to inspire and motivate individuals to go from the comfort of their homes to the streets, even during a global pandemic. Our panelists will discuss ways that various forms of media have been used to shift power to local, grassroots leaders to create social movements.

  • Communities Creating Their Own Liberation with Bela Moté and Darnell Shields

In order to achieve true equity, resources need to be allocated appropriately and communities should determine the best use of those resources to meet their needs. During this featured panel, members of Marshall Square Resource Network and Austin Coming Together, two collective impact initiatives, will describe their models of collective impact and resource sharing and discuss opportunities for imagining new structures for sharing and distributing resources among communities.

One of the many workshops you may be interested in is about H.R. 40, which has been in the news recently. This discussion will feature Evanston Ald. Robin Rue Simmons and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky sharing a conversation on reparative justice legislation at the national level.

And Leslé Honoré, the Blaxican Poet, artivist, and author of Fist & Fire, will be our closing speaker!

Unable to take part in all or part the 2-day Summit?

Interested in many of the workshop topics? When you register, videos from the entire Summit will be available to you online for three months.

Please join us!

Read about our 2020 Equity Summit here. Ready to register? Click here.

May
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Implicit Bias Workshop
May 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Consciously or not, all of us carry biases towards individuals and/or groups. We look at what implicit bias is and how it works. Participants will examine their own biases and identify how those show up.  Tips for how both individuals and organizations can manage bias are provided.

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Jun
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Microaggressions: Intent vs. Impact Workshop (virtual)
Jun 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

What are microaggressions? Can they hurt if they weren’t intended in a hurtful way? How do they impact our work environment? What are helpful responses when I see, commit, or have someone use one on me?

Participants in our Racial Equity Workshops develop a common vocabulary, so they can begin to use a “racial equity lens” as they analyze institutional racism.  Led by trained facilitators, the group develops skills necessary to address racism at personal, interpersonal and systemic levels.

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Jun
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Understanding Power and Privilege Workshop
Jun 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

As we consider topics of race, gender, ableism, heterosexism, and ageism, this workshop explores: What privilege is, who has it and how it works for them, as well as how power and privilege are connected, and how the misuse of power and privilege become oppression.

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Jul
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Developing Cultural Humility Workshop (virtual)
Jul 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

What does it mean to develop cultural humility?  We’ll explore how an organization can become inclusive and understanding of a variety of cultures, races, abilities, and differences, and identify changes that can be made by organizations and by individuals to transform the climate.

Participants in our Racial Equity Workshops develop a common vocabulary, so they can begin to use a “racial equity lens” as they analyze institutional racism.  Led by trained facilitators, the group develops skills necessary to address racism at personal, interpersonal and systemic levels.

Register for this online workshop on Community Pass here >

Jul
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Socialization of Oppression: Breaking the Cycle
Jul 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This workshop looks at how we have been socialized to play certain roles within the systems of oppression that are deeply rooted in American culture, and how we help maintain oppressive systems. Armed with this information, what would it look like to break out of the traditional responses to these systems?

This workshop is part of our 201 Series, which is perfect for those who want to dive a little deeper.

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Aug
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What is White Supremacy Culture?
Aug 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

It is often hard to talk about race because white culture values certain ways of knowing and not others, and assigns a higher value to some ways of behaving than others. Because these ideas have been maintained over a long period of time, it is sometimes hard for people to notice that this culture is based in whiteness. What are the characteristic of white supremacy culture – and what do we do once we’ve recognized this?

This workshop is part of our 201 Series, which is perfect for those who want to dive a little deeper.

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Aug
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Advocacy in Action
Aug 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This workshop is for those who want to see systemic change in their locale, their institution, or their sector, but don’t know where or how to start. Participants will learn foundational understandings, tools and tactics for analyzing the systemic power operating in their context and activating people power toward systemic change.

This workshop is part of our 201 Series, which is perfect for those who want to dive a little deeper.

Register through Community Pass here >