ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE
YWCA stands against racism and supports racial justice and gender equity issues. YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix is committed to being a safe space where the necessary and courageous conversations about race, equity, and inclusion can and do occur.
By serving as a convener of substantive and vital dialogues, we shine a light on the amazing progress that is being made in our neighborhoods, communities, and all across Arizona, while acknowledging the work that remains ahead. Our offerings provide room for anyone and everyone, no matter where they are in their anti-racist journey, to learn together.
YOU·NITY LEARNING CIRCLES
Our YOU·nity Learning Circles aim to raise awareness of how racism impacts issues that impact Arizonans. Within a shared safe space, we intend that these learning circles will lift up voices across our state to raise consciousness and understanding and move us toward a more just and equitable society.
Each quarter we convene a group of folks, who are concerned about injustice, to engage in conversation and learning around systemic racism. One quarter we may facilitate a book club, the next may be a film or speaker series then perhaps a Theater of the Oppressed experience. The intention of these learning circles is clear – by bringing together the wisdom of the group we all learn to combat oppression together. These learning circles are designed for anyone who is committed advancing their anti-racist journey.
21-DAY CHALLENGE TO ELIMINATE RACISM & EMPOWER WOMEN
They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. With that in mind, and inspired by the work of Dr. Eddie Moore and Debbie Irving, we have created our 21-Day Challenge to Eliminate Racism & Empower Women. This journey guides your exploration of racial and social equity; allowing you to become more mindful, create dedicated space for learning, and partner with us to eliminate racism and empower women.
In joining this challenge, you commit to creating the space and time to build more effective habits. Daily challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, watching a video, and more serve as a catalyst for your own journey to build effective social justice habits, be an ally to those facing inequities, and to identify ways in your own community to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.
Our next challenge is currently scheduled to start in May 2021.