The YWCA has named Kelley Webb as its racial justice director, a newly created position that reflects the organization’s mission “to eliminate racism.”
Webb, a Ph.D. student at the University of Toledo working toward a degree in educational theory and social foundations, has focused her efforts on educating others about issues of racial justice. She holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Mt. St. Joe (Cincinnati) and an undergraduate degree from Xavier University (Cincinnati). In addition to her educational pursuits, she has professional experience in a variety of industries, such as retail management, higher education, and non-profit organizations.
At the YWCA, Webb will focus her work on the organization’s Dialogue to Change program, which brings together people from different backgrounds to discuss their experiences with institutional racism and to explore their own biases and prejudices. “Dialogue to Change creates a safe space for people of different backgrounds to have exposure to others they may not normally meet and to dig deeper within themselves about how racism has impacted them,” says Webb.
Much of Webb’s work at the YWCA, says YWCA CEO Lisa McDuffie, will be to “navigate relationships with organizations in the community so that, together, we can create a powerful force for change.”
For more information, contact Kelley Webb.