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.

The YWCA holds 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. To learn more, click here.

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 Camp Reily Video Project was a special stereotype-shattering program we undertook last summer to educate our children about racial justice. 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 and Straight Talk on Race in the Workplace. Presentations and trainings can be tailered to the needs of your organization. For more information, click here.

You can also check out 10 Things YOU Can Do to Eliminate Racism and our Resource List.

Interested in learning more? Contact Amanda Arbour, Racial Justice Program Coordinator at AArbour@ywcahbg.org or (717) 234-7931 x3057.

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