RACIAL JUSTICE AND CIVIL RIGHTS
Promoting racial justice and equity throughout Northwest Ohio.
The YWCA of Northwest Ohio’s approach to racial justice goes beyond changing hearts and minds. We strive to transform communities, systems, and public policy.
What We Are Doing:
Stand Against Racism, our annual campaign which builds community among those who work for racial justice, raises awareness about racism, and encourages community members to take action for change.
The 2021 Stand Against Racism Conference was held virtually on April 22nd and 23rd.
See the highlights below:
Day 1 of the 2021 Stand Against Racism Conference featured Dr. Barbara Love, Dr. Michael Waters and Yulise Waters, Esq. Click Here to watch.
Day 2 of the 2021 Stand Against Racism Conference featured panelists Judge Denise Cubbon, Crystal Ward, Celeste Smith, Dr. Treva Jeffries, Dr. Marvin Whitfield and Robin Reese. Thank you panelists!
Dr. Elhai also presented at Day 2 of the 2021 Stand Against Racism Conference, featured here with our CEO, Lisa McDuffie!
The YWCA of Northwest Ohio held a 21 Day Racial Justice and Social Equity Challenge from March 1-29, 2021. Over 1,300 people signed up for the Challenge, and nearly 100 companies and organizations participated. The 21 Day Challenge was held in conjunction with several sister YWCAs, and over 18,900 people in 2.600 zip codes participated across the country.
WHAT IS THE 21 DAY RACIAL EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE CHALLENGE?
The challenge is a free tool designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.
Participants are presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice.
WHAT INSPIRED YWCA’S 21 DAY CHALLENGE
The 21-Day Equity Challenge was created by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. (#BlackMind) and co-developed with Debby Irving, and Dr. Marguerite Penick (#DiverseSolutions). The plan has been adopted by Organizations, Associations and Corporations all over the nation/world. Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. is the Director of the Privilege Institute in Green Bay, WI. Dr. Moore created the Challenge to not only help people better understand issues surrounding equity, inclusion, privilege, leadership and supremacy, but also to do so in a way that would build a habit of learning by stretching it over 21 days. We are excited to be offering you this 21-Day Challenge in partnership with Dr. Moore.
Community Book Discussions
The YWCA of Northwest Ohio Virtual Book Discussion Group is free and open to all adults featuring themes of racial and social justice. Groups meet via Zoom and the meeting link will be sent prior to the listed discussion date. To register for a book discussion group, click your selection below.
Dialogue to Change is a community enrichment program that seeks to create communal programming that efficiently advocates, while simultaneously championing and supporting Whole-Community empowerment and change. Dialogue to Change employs “face to face” facilitated conversation between members of two or more social identity groups, in an effort to positively inform, and wholeheartedly impact all groups about amicable cultural etiquette. With a focus on racial communicative etiquette, Dialogue groups give the participants the safety and freedom to discuss race, cultural differences and shed light on their own implicit biases.
Future sessions are forthcoming. Please click here to complete the interest form.
YWCA supports measures at the national, state, and local levels to advance and ensure human rights for women and girls around the world. YWCA NWO supports the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), a comprehensive, international agreement on eliminating discrimination against women in every sphere – economic, political, and social.
If you have any questions about our racial justice department, please contact email@example.com or 419.241.3235 ext. 122.