Calendar

We are honored to host several special events throughout the year. Additionally, we’re proud to join community partners to raise awareness and bring consciousness to issues surrounding racial justice and gender equality.

Aug
4
Tue
Arizona Primary Election Day
Aug 4 all-day
Aug
12
Wed
Black Women’s Equal Pay Day – Theatre of the Oppressed @ Zoom
Aug 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Aug
13
Thu
Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
Aug 13 all-day
Aug
20
Thu
August Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom
Aug 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
August Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom

For August we will be reading Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton and Cari Lynn. This is a memoir about Susan Burton’s life. She recounts her journey to and through the criminal justice system and her transformation into a life of advocacy.

*As a content warning, this book contains instances of sexual assault.*

Reading Schedule

August 20: Foreword, Prologue, Chapters 1 – 9
September 3: Chapters 10 – 18
September 17: Chapters 19 – 29
October 3: Chapters 30 – 39

Sep
3
Thu
August Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom
Sep 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
August Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom

For August we will be reading Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton and Cari Lynn. This is a memoir about Susan Burton’s life. She recounts her journey to and through the criminal justice system and her transformation into a life of advocacy.

*As a content warning, this book contains instances of sexual assault.*

Reading Schedule

August 20: Foreword, Prologue, Chapters 1 – 9
September 3: Chapters 10 – 18
September 17: Chapters 19 – 29
October 3: Chapters 30 – 39

Sep
17
Thu
August Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom
Sep 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
August Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom

For August we will be reading Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton and Cari Lynn. This is a memoir about Susan Burton’s life. She recounts her journey to and through the criminal justice system and her transformation into a life of advocacy.

*As a content warning, this book contains instances of sexual assault.*

Reading Schedule

August 20: Foreword, Prologue, Chapters 1 – 9
September 3: Chapters 10 – 18
September 17: Chapters 19 – 29
October 3: Chapters 30 – 39

Oct
1
Thu
August Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
August Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom

For August we will be reading Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton and Cari Lynn. This is a memoir about Susan Burton’s life. She recounts her journey to and through the criminal justice system and her transformation into a life of advocacy.

*As a content warning, this book contains instances of sexual assault.*

Reading Schedule

August 20: Foreword, Prologue, Chapters 1 – 9
September 3: Chapters 10 – 18
September 17: Chapters 19 – 29
October 3: Chapters 30 – 39

Oct
16
Fri
A Virtual Conversation on the Impact of Your Vote in Arizona @ Zoom
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Nov
17
Tue
Winter Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom
Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Winter Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom

This book contains 15 shorts stories and every 3 weeks, we will pick a story to discuss and learn from, continuing our anti-racism work.

This book vividly presents – in their own words – the personal stories, experiences and reflections of fifteen prominent white anti-racists. They recount the circumstances that led them to undertake this work, describe key moments and insights along their journeys, and frankly admit their continuing lapses and mistakes. They make it clear that confronting oppression (including their own prejudices) – whether about race, sexual orientation, ability, or other differences – is a lifelong process of learning.

Let’s confront oppression together.

Dec
8
Tue
Winter Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom
Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Winter Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom

This book contains 15 shorts stories and every 3 weeks, we will pick a story to discuss and learn from, continuing our anti-racism work.

This book vividly presents – in their own words – the personal stories, experiences and reflections of fifteen prominent white anti-racists. They recount the circumstances that led them to undertake this work, describe key moments and insights along their journeys, and frankly admit their continuing lapses and mistakes. They make it clear that confronting oppression (including their own prejudices) – whether about race, sexual orientation, ability, or other differences – is a lifelong process of learning.

Let’s confront oppression together.

Dec
29
Tue
Winter Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom
Dec 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Winter Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom

This book contains 15 shorts stories and every 3 weeks, we will pick a story to discuss and learn from, continuing our anti-racism work.

This book vividly presents – in their own words – the personal stories, experiences and reflections of fifteen prominent white anti-racists. They recount the circumstances that led them to undertake this work, describe key moments and insights along their journeys, and frankly admit their continuing lapses and mistakes. They make it clear that confronting oppression (including their own prejudices) – whether about race, sexual orientation, ability, or other differences – is a lifelong process of learning.

Let’s confront oppression together.

Jan
19
Tue
Winter Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom
Jan 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Winter Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom

This book contains 15 shorts stories and every 3 weeks, we will pick a story to discuss and learn from, continuing our anti-racism work.

This book vividly presents – in their own words – the personal stories, experiences and reflections of fifteen prominent white anti-racists. They recount the circumstances that led them to undertake this work, describe key moments and insights along their journeys, and frankly admit their continuing lapses and mistakes. They make it clear that confronting oppression (including their own prejudices) – whether about race, sexual orientation, ability, or other differences – is a lifelong process of learning.

Let’s confront oppression together.

Mar
7
Sun
LUNAfest @ Virtual
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm
LUNAfest @ Virtual

LUNAFEST is a film festival dedicated to championing women filmmakers and bringing women together in their communities hosted by #SoroptimistInternationalofPhoenix. Phoenix’s first prime time anchorwoman, Mary Jo West, and Phoenix Film Critics Society President and RightThisMinute Reporter, Gayle Bass, bring their passion and talents to LUNAFEST as this year’s co-emcees for the online event.

Apr
1
Thu
Rising Leaders in Motion – Emerging Community Leaders Info Session @ Virtual
Apr 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Rising Leaders in Motion - Emerging Community Leaders Info Session @ Virtual

Get connected with our mission and advance your racial justice journey by joining us for a virtual information session! Rising Leaders in Motion is our NEW group for emerging community leaders. The info session will highlight the group’s volunteer, networking, and personal development opportunities.

The more the merrier…feel free to bring your friends! We invite you to extend the invitation to any friends or co-workers who are interested in furthering their social justice journey and make an impact their community.

Apr
22
Thu
Stand Against Racism @ Virtual
Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Stand Against Racism @ Virtual

YWCA is on a mission to Stand Against Racism!

We take a Stand Against Racism every day by raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism and by building community among those who work for racial justice.

Stand Against Racism provides the opportunity for communities across the United States to find an issue or cause that inspires them to take a #StandAgainstRacism and to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice.

Join us for this first part of our Stand Against Racism conversation. Collectively, using the Theatre of the Oppressed model, we will examine and bear witness to the impact of racism on our individual and community health. This conversation will be the inspiration for an original Theatre of the Oppressed performance which will be produced later in May.

May
3
Mon
21-Day Challenge to Eliminate Racism & Empower Women
May 3 – May 31 all-day
21-Day Challenge to Eliminate Racism & Empower Women

Our 21-Day Challenge takes individuals on a journey to become more mindful, to create dedicated space for learning and to partner with YWCA (and fellow participants) in eliminating racism and empowering women.

This experience helps participants to understand how racial and social injustices impact our community and to identify ways to dismantle inequities and discrimination. Our Challenge begins on May 3rd and you can register at any point during the Challenge.

May
6
Thu
Theater of the Oppressed Creation Sessions & Final Performance @ Zoom
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Theater of the Oppressed Creation Sessions & Final Performance @ Zoom

Join us each Thursday along with Outcast Theatre Collective to build the scenes we talked about during Stand Against Racism. Come for 30 minutes, or stay the whole time! The final culminating event will be May 20.

May
13
Thu
Theater of the Oppressed Creation Sessions & Final Performance @ Zoom
May 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Theater of the Oppressed Creation Sessions & Final Performance @ Zoom

Join us each Thursday along with Outcast Theatre Collective to build the scenes we talked about during Stand Against Racism. Come for 30 minutes, or stay the whole time! The final culminating event will be May 20.

May
20
Thu
Theater of the Oppressed Creation Sessions & Final Performance @ Zoom
May 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Theater of the Oppressed Creation Sessions & Final Performance @ Zoom

Join us each Thursday along with Outcast Theatre Collective to build the scenes we talked about during Stand Against Racism. Come for 30 minutes, or stay the whole time! The final culminating event will be May 20.

Sep
23
Thu
Voices in STEAM: A Changemaking Conversation @ Virtual
Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Voices in STEAM: A Changemaking Conversation @ Virtual

Our host, Dr. Tara Nkrumah, will be joined by Arizona STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) professionals Kayla Balliew, Dr. William Johnson, and Rachel Ware. We are honored to hear their inspirational stories about their career journey, overcoming adversities, addressing racism, the impact of gender discrimination, and so much more! This unique and powerful event will shine the light on career opportunities in STEAM and an even brighter light on the race and gender inequities in the STEAM sector.

You will also hear from our CEO Debbie Esparza, and Intel Community Affairs leader Jennifer Sanchez as we share an impactful announcement about our partnership to address STEAM equity in Arizona – you aren’t going to want to miss it!