Racial Justice Forum

Jeri Perkins

Ms. Perkins is an empathetic Behavioral Health Professional and Mental Health Provider. Her unique approach challenges clients to not let barriers prevent them from gaining tools to enhance their quality of life. She specializes in racial issues, trauma-informed care, intersectionality of identity, and root cause issues.

Rachel Caballero

Rachel brings over 17 years of experience in credit unions to the table. Her journey spans various roles, from Branch and Contact Center management to her recent position in Marketing. Rachel also dedicates her time to teaching financial wellness with local nonprofits and community colleges.

Candace Lew

Dr. Candace Lew, MD has over 25 years practicing OB/GYN in the East Valley and 10 years in global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights as a technical advisor and director for an iNGO, working in developing countries in SubSaharan Africa and West and South Asia, building local capacity to provide and advocate for sexual and reproductive care.

Julie Cruz

Julieta is committed to prioritizing equitable access to transportation for families across Arizona. Before joining the Hobbs Administration, Julieta was part of the Government Relations Team at Valley Metro, where she built meaningful partnerships to move current and future infrastructure projects in Maricopa County.

RJ shannon

RJ Shannon has served on community advisory boards with Phoenix law enforcement, the Phoenix Human Relations Commission, and is a founding and active member of Healing Racism. Currently, she serves as the state lead for Arizona with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national gun violence prevention organization.

Join a community of like-minded, like-hearted people through our FREE, self-guided Racial Justice Challenge. People at all levels in their social justice journeys are encouraged to participate.

JOIN THE Challenge

April 1 – 26

The Racial Justice Challenge is your chance to address systemic racism head-on. Each weekday, you will interact with a daily activity (reading an article, listening to a podcast, etc.) that will build or further ignite your understanding of systemic racism and discrimination.

Each year, we cover a different topic per week of the Racial Justice Challenge. The weekly topics that will be explored during the 2024 YWCA Racial Justice Challenge are:

There are many ways to get involved with YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix