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Equity Summit 2020: Transformation in the New Decade

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Thank you to the 450 people who attended our virtual Equity Summit on June 25 and 26!

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

  1. New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie being intererviewed 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.
  2.  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

About our featured speakers

About the Equity Summit

The 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 other

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.

Thank you to our Equity Supporter

Chicago Community Trust

2020 Community Partners

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois
Chicago House
Childcare Network of Evanston
Connections for the Homeless
Evanston CASE
Evanston Community Foundation
Evanston Public Library
Music Institute of Chicago
Reba Learning Center
Regina Dominican High School
Sona Fitness