Racial Justice

"Eliminating racism" is at the core of the YWCA's mission, and our Racial Justice programs focus on strengthening our partnerships to address racism in the Greater Harrisburg community, and educating and equipping our staff to embody this in their work.

Let’s Talk: A Conversation about Race” is a 6-week series that brings together diverse groups of individuals to “unpack” how racism manifests itself at the personal, organizational and systemic levels. Participants are equipped with tools to deconstruct racism in their respective spheres of influence. To learn more about the program, click here.

The YWCA convenes the Criminal Justice & Community Relations Taskforce, comprised of law enforcement and community partners focused on building stronger police-community relations in our region. Having successfully delivered a two-day law enforcement to 300 police officers, this Taskforce is focused on a 3-prong strategy of: 1) law enforcement training, 2) community outreach & education, and 3) police-community dialogue. For more information on these initiatives, click here.

The Community Responders Network (CRN) is a coalition of local leaders and concerned citizens who seek to build a stronger, more inclusive community by educating, preventing and responding to instances of bias and intolerance in Central PA. The YWCA is proud to support such an active Network, and for more information about their work, click here.

The YWCA hosts the Diversity Forum on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 8:00 AM. Historically a space for networking and education on diversity, its new focus is on fostering inclusive, action-oriented communities through educational forums that promote and facilitate dialogue, best practices and solutions.

Educating our children on racial justice is crucial. To that end, the YWCA launched a stereotype-shattering video project at Camp Reily this summer. Over the course of 9 weeks, the campers engaged in workshops and discussions about the YWCA’s mission of “eliminating racism and empowering women” - and produced their own video, I Am More than a Stereotype. For more information about this unique project, click here.

The YWCA offers a variety of Training & Education Opportunities, including Racial Justice Training, Ouch! Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse Environment, and Cultural Competency Training. Presentations and trainings can be tailered to the needs of your organization. For more information, click here.

Want to learn more? Check out our Resource List and 10 Things YOU Can Do to Eliminate Racism.

Who has oversight over our racial justice programs? Learn about the YWCA's Racial Justice Committee and Racial Justice Staff Advisory Council.

To learn more about Racial Justice @ the YWCA, please contact: Amanda Arbour, Racial Justice Program Coordinator at AArbour@ywcahbg.org or (717) 234-7931 x3057.

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