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VOTING

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If you haven't already done so, please complete the pre-event survey to determine your intentions and share your goals with us. Please join the Facebook group to participate in conversation about the daily challenges. Refer to the Aspen Institute's structural racism glossary for key terms and definitions that you will see throughout the challenge.

Check out the informational toolkit for further engagement ideas.

We credit Food Solutions New England for inspiring this challenge. They were the first to adapt an exercise from Dr. Eddie Moore and Debby Irving’s book into the interactive 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, which launched in 2014.

Challenges

OPTION 1: Watch this video that explains that, while race and racism have a real and significant impact on our lives, race is a social construct and one that has changed over time. None of the broad categories that come to mind when we talk about race can capture an individual’s unique story. For more information, read this article on how science and genetics are reshaping our understanding of race.

OPTION 2: Read this article defining Anti-Racism and why the term is so powerful. If you are ready for a deep dive, you can listen to the podcast featuring historian Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to be An Antiracist.

OPTION 3: Watch this video about the difference between being non-racist and anti-racist. YWCA’s 21 Day Challenge will encourage you and give you tools to be an anti-racist because it doesn’t require that you always know the right thing to say or do in any given situation. It asks that you take action and work against racism wherever you find it including, and perhaps most especially, in yourself.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen adn reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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The fight for women’s suffrage was not as straightforward as you might think. Today we will examine the intersections of race and gender and how this played out during the fight for the 19th Amendment. Black women were marginalized in the movement and their contributions sidelined by history. Today, we will look back at these pioneering leaders and how they laid the groundwork for universal suffrage and the civil rights movement.

Challenges

OPTION 1: Read this article about the African American suffragists who fought for the right to vote, while fighting racist backlash from the movements white leadership, many of whom did not believe that any Black person should have the right to vote before white women.

OPTION 2: Watch this video that re-frames the way we look at the suffrage movement and encourages us to do more to honor and remember the Black women who bravely fought for universal suffrage.

OPTION 3: Read about five amazing women of color who bravely fought for the abolition of slavery, the rights of women, and civil rights in the United States. They pioneered the idea of intersectionality more than a century before the term would be officially coined in 1989.

ACTION ALERT! Have you registered to vote? Access information about registration here. You can also register online.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen adn reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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Today, we are looking at the history of voter suppression and how people of color were systemically kept from the ballot box, as well as the challenges they had to overcome in order to exercise their right to vote. Today’s activities will provide much-needed context for tomorrow’s challenge, which will show how voter suppression has changed over time and how it is disenfranchising marginalized communities today.

Challenges

OPTION 1: From the 1890’s to the 1960’s literacy tests were designed to disenfranchise people of color from voting (white men were exempt). Print out and try to complete this test. Be sure to set a timer before you start, you would have been given 10 minutes to finish.

OPTION 2: View this interactive timeline of the history of the Voting Rights Act and see how access to the vote has been expanded and restricted over time.

OPTION 3: Read this article highlighting the role that the Voting Rights Act played in protecting Asian Americans’ voting rights. Until 1952, federal policy barred immigrants of Asian descent from becoming U.S. citizens and having access to the vote.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen adn reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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Yesterday you learned about voter suppression and its impact on American history and people of color. Today, we are going to learn how voter suppression continues to impact our democracy and disenfranchise marginalized groups. With 2020 being a significant election year, it is important that we recognize the barriers to voting that many people still face and work to eliminate those barriers, so that our representatives and laws reflect our increasingly diverse country.

Challenges

OPTION 1: Read this article and see how the fight for universal suffrage began and how modern voter suppression tactics continue to deny the vote to people of color.

OPTION 2: The right of Native Americans to vote in U.S. elections was not recognized until 1948. Read this article on the systemic barriers to voting that Native Americans face today and what steps are being taken to protect the suffrage of Indigenous people.

OPTION 3: 150 years after the 15th Amendment was passed, barriers to voting remain. Learn about how social media, gerrymandering, access to polling places and other strategies have all been used to limit access to the ballot box.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen adn reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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Every 10 years the federal government undertakes the important task of counting every person living in the United States. Today, you are going to learn about the Census’ history, why people of color are routinely undercounted, and how this unsung program impacts the lives of every American without most of us even realizing it. Before you begin, click here to see the 2020 Census response rate of Kitsap County. Take note of how it compares to the rest of Washington State.

Challenges

OPTION 1: Read this article about how the census was historically used as a tool to silence people of color. You’ll also learn how certain tactics continue today and why the debate over adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census may depress engagement from the Latinx community.

OPTION 2: Watch this video about the challenges facing the 2020 census and how failing to accurately count the population would threaten the integrity of the country’s most authoritative dataset that drives public policy.

OPTION 3: Listen to YWCA USA’s Organize Your Butterflies podcast about their YWomenCount campaign to encourage everyone to participate in the 2020 census.

OPTION 4: Read this article from University Hospitals about the importance of counting children in the 2020 Census and its impact on driving health policy.

ACTION ALERT! If you have not already taken the census, please do so here. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen adn reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

EDUCATION

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Welcome to week two of the 21 Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge 2020. This week we will learn about the history and impact of inequity within our education systems. Over 65 years ago the Supreme Court’s ruling in the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education case declared racial segregation unconstitutional, yet today we see our schools just as segregated, if not more than in 1954. The result of this continued segregation has perpetuated a lasting negative effect on children and communities of color. Today we will explore that history and it’s continued and renewed impact on our education systems.

Challenges

OPTION 1: Read this article on how busing within school districts was implemented as a way to break segregation’s stranglehold in education and its effect on generations of students. Find out how in 2020, we find our schools once again segregated.

OPTION 2: Districts can draw school zones to make classrooms more or less racially segregated. Read this quick article and find your school district to see how well it’s doing.

OPTION 3: Read this quick piece to better understand how America has used schools as a weapon against Native Americans. From years of coercive assimilation and historical trauma, generations of Native children find themselves suffering with subpar education outcomes.

OPTION 4: As the child population becomes “majority-minority,” racial segregation remains high, income segregation among families with children increases, and the political and policy landscape undergoes momentous change. Check out this study on the consequences of segregation for children’s opportunity and well being.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen adn reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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If you’ve ever changed schools in the middle of the year, you may be able to recall minor differences in curriculum between districts. However, imagine moving from a predominately white high school in Texas, to a more diverse school in California, you may not think much about the vast ways in which the exact same material can vary depending on a pupil’s school, school district and instructional materials. Today we will examine how textbooks, authors and state legislation, collectively “what we teach,” impacts society’s world view and understanding of history.

Challenges

OPTION 1: Textbooks are supposed to teach us a common set of facts about who we are as a nation, but the influence of religion and politics in instructional material can skew those facts. Read this article to see how history textbooks reflect America’s refusal to reckon with slavery.

OPTION 2: Half of all school-aged children are non-white. Of children’s books published in 2013, though, only 10.5% featured a person of color. In 2016, this number doubled to 22%, but white is still the “default identity.” Read this article to consider ways in which some educators are reconstructing the canon.

OPTION 3: Very few states require Holocaust education in their school systems and a 2018 survey showed that two-thirds of U.S. Millenials were not familiar with Auschwitz. Read this article on how one state hopes to change that statistic, during a surge of anti-Semitic hate crimes.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen adn reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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As individuals interested in learning more about racial equity, you’ve likely heard of the term “school-to-prison pipeline,” (if you haven’t check out this infographic made by the ACLU). Most notably this term is tied to the systems that funnel African American boys out of school and into prison at alarming rates. Today we will learn more about how school disciplinary policies disproportionately affect Black students including Black girls. Stereotypes and misperceptions, which view Black girls as older, more mature and more aggressive have led to a lesser-discussed trend, the adultification of Black girls.

Challenges

OPTION 1: Out of school suspensions have doubled since the 1970s and continue to increase even though juvenile crimes have continued to drop. Watch this quick video which explains the school-to-prison pipeline.

OPTION 2: Across the country, Black girls are six times more likely to be suspended than white girls. Check out this study to better understand how Black girls are being pushed out of school.

OPTION 3: By age 9, the behaviors of Black girls are often seen as and treated more like adults than children. Peruse this study on the erasure of Black girls’ childhood, particularly pages 9-11 as it pertains to discipline in school.

OPTION 4: In this interactive data-set, you can plug in your school system and those around you to investigate whether there is racial inequality at your school.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen adn reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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Teachers have an early impact on educational outcomes and a student's likelihood to attend college. Teachers who favor a “colorblind” approach may cause unintentional harm, yet an early acknowledgment of differences can prepare students for a diverse world. Positive outcomes sparked by same-race role models can potentially shrink the education achievement gap and usher more BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Color) students into colleges and universities.

Challenges

OPTION 1: Watch this quick video that illustrates how some California preschools are getting children to participate in conversations about racial differences at an early age.

OPTION 2: K-6 classrooms are lead by a primarily white, female teacher population, who’s inherent biases often come into play in their approaches to children and teaching. Read this interview with Dr. Robin DiAngelo, YWCA’s 2020 It’s Time for Equity speaker, on white fragility in teaching and education.

OPTION 3: Black students who had just one Black teacher by third grade were 13% more likely to enroll in college. Check out this quick article on how the role-model effect can potentially shrink the educational achievement gap.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen adn reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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To wrap up week 2 and our discussion around issues of racism and inequity within our educational systems, let’s challenge ourselves to consider some of the barriers that minorities face in attaining a college degree. Standardized tests, adversities while on campus and economic turmoil are all a part of a flawed higher educational system designed to keep women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Color) from attending college and pursuing a degree.

Challenges

OPTION 1: Carl Brigham, the creator of the original SAT believed that American education was declining and “will proceed with an accelerating rate as the racial mixture becomes more and more extensive.” Watch this video on how standardized tests were designed by racists and eugenicists.

OPTION 2: While popular misconception characterizes Asians as the most educated minority group in the U.S., Southeast Asian American students experience serious educational inequalities that are often masked due to their categorization as “Asian.”

OPTION 3: Read this piece by Harvard Graduate School of Education professor, Anthony Abraham Jack, on why colleges must learn that students who come from poverty need more than financial aid to succeed.

OPTION 4: 12 years after starting college, white men have paid off 44% of their student loans, while Black women owe 13% more. Read this article to better understand how the student debt crisis has hit Black students especially hard.

ACTION ALERT! Join YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong for a Lunch & Learn Session for a discussion about the information received over the past couple of weeks TODAY:


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen adn reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

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Biases within the criminal justice system is not a new phenomenon. However, in recent years, the massive impact of these biases on communities of color have been highlighted in the media, creating a national movement around criminal justice reform. Today we will learn about the damaging and often fatal effects of biases and over-policing. 

Challenges

OPTION 1: Read this article to see how data is used to pinpoint where disproportionate shootings of minorities were most likely.

OPTION 2: Stanford University researchers found that Black and Latinx drivers were stopped more often than white drivers, based on less evidence of wrongdoing. Read this study to uncover the extent of this evidence, which is driven by racial bias.

OPTION 3: Following the fatal shooting of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, The Washington Post began creating a database cataloging every fatal shooting nationwide by a police officer in the line of duty. Check it out.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen adn reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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Mass incarceration of targeted demographics has an effect not only on those persons, but entire ethnic and religious groups and future generations.

Challenges

OPTION 1: Watch this video on mass incarceration to understand how for certain demographics of young Black men, the current inevitability of prison has become a sort-of normal life event.

OPTION 2: Despite the portrayal of Black and African American fathers as absent in the upbringing of their children, they actually are more likely to engage in a variety of activities with their children on a daily basis. Read this article on dispelling the stereotypical portrayal of Black and African American fathers.

OPTION 3: The existence of racial disparity in the criminal justice system has a ripple effect on nearly every other social system. Read this article and infographic to learn about some solutions that chip away at those racial disparities.

OPTION 4: Muslims make up about 9% of state prisoners, though they are only about 1% of the U.S. population, a new report finds. Listen to this report which sheds light on the obstacles some incarcerated Muslims face in prison while practicing their faith.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen adn reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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Washington has an incarceration rate of 480 per 100,000 people - a higher percentage of its people than many wealthy democracies. The multitude of complex policies in the criminal justice system incarcerate Washington residents at an alarming rate. 

Challenges

OPTION 1: Review the infographics of 37,000 Washington residents incarcerated in various facilities.

OPTION 2: Just 4 percent of Washington state children are Black, yet they make up 22 percent of youth up to age 21 in state juvenile facilities. Read this article that describes how youth often exit detention to a life that makes both future incarceration and homelessness likely.

OPTION 3: Washington ranks number two in the country with the highest number of missing and murdered Indigenous Women. Seattle, Washington ranks number one in the country with the highest number of missing and murdered Indigenous Women. Read this article that details the epidemic. Overall, data is grossly under-reported, under-examined, under-researched, and under-prosecuted.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen adn reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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Over the past 30 years, the trend of confining more women to federal, state and local correction facilities as exploded at an increase of 700%. Today we will learn how anecdotal and antiquated healthcare policies, harsher disciplinary consequences and unmet needs, while incarcerated and post-release, perpetuates a cycle of generational imprisonment, poverty and trauma for women and families.

Challenges

OPTION 1: A recent study of 22 U.S. state prison systems and all U.S. federal prisons, found that roughly 3.8% of the women in their sample were pregnant when they entered prison. Read this article to see how prisons neglect pregnant women in their healthcare policies.

OPTION 2: Listen to this investigation. In prisons across the U.S. women are disciplined more often than men and almost always for low-level, non-violent offenses. 

OPTION 3: Read this article on the cycle of poverty, trauma and the unmet needs of women in jail and after release, to understand how the criminal justice system exploits the poor and vulnerable.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen adn reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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Life after incarceration can often be just as difficult as time spent behind bars. Most former convicts struggle with culture shock, mental health issues, disenfranchisement, unemployment and a whole host of other problems upon release. Today we will learn more about some of those issues and the struggle the formerly incarcerated face when trying to re-engage in society.

Challenges

OPTION 1: Long-term imprisonment inevitably changes the personalities of former convicts. Read these findings from interviews with 25 former ‘lifers,’ who had served an average of 19 years in jail.

OPTION 2: Maryam Henderson-Uloho was convicted of obstruction of justice, she was sentences to 25 years in a Louisiana prison. When she was released she felt dehumanized. Watch the incredible story of how she turned her life around – and continues to support other female ex-offenders.

OPTION 3: Formerly incarcerated people are unemployed at a rate of over 27% – higher than the total U.S. unemployment rate during any historical period, including the Great Depression. Read this article which outlines the barriers formerly incarcerated people face when looking for unemployment.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen and reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

PUBLIC HEALTH

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“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Color) suffer worse health outcomes than White people, even when controlling for income and other factors. Learn why these disparities aren't about race, but racism. The impact of toxic stress is caused by daily exposure to discrimination and has adverse outcomes on the health of BIPOC.

Challenges

OPTION 1: Watch this TED Talk about how research has found that higher levels of discrimination are associated with a broad range of negative health outcomes such as obesity, high blood pressure, breast cancer, heart disease, and early death.

OPTION 2: Listen to this podcast about the effect of chronic stress from frequent racist encounters on the health outcomes of BIPOC. The article also features a case study on how a large scale ICE raid in Iowa impacted the health of pregnant Latina/x women across the state.

OPTION 3: Read this article about how the mental burdens of bias, trauma, and family hardship lead to unequal life outcomes for girls and women and girls and women of color in particular.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen and reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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America is the most dangerous wealthy country in the world to give birth. This is, in part, due to the dramatic racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality. Toxic stress and bias in medical care mean that women of color are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications. Racism is a public health crisis and it is time to treat it as such.

Challenges

OPTION 1: In the US, Black babies die at twice the rate of White babies. In Cleveland, the mortality rate is nearly three times as high. Read this article about the infant mortality gap and what Black Doulas doing to change it.

OPTION 2: Watch this interview featuring Stacey D. Stewart, the President and CEO of March of Dimes, where she and her co-panelists grapple with the growing maternal health crisis, and how to provide every mother the best care.

OPTION 3: Read this article on how the negative impact of institutional racism on maternal and infant mortality for Native American women closely parallels that of Black and African American women.

ACTION ALERT! Join YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong for a Lunch & Learn Session TODAY about criminal justice reform:


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom sessions. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen and reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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A large part of our health is determined by our environment. For generations, the impact of pollution and environmental damage has largely fallen on marginalized communities. Systemically racist policies have resulted in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Color) having an increased likelihood of exposure to unsafe drinking water, lead paint in homes, and industrial waste. Today we are looking at the environmental justice movement and how BIPOC are pushing for change.

Challenges

OPTION 1: Watch this video about how systemic racism means that Black and African Americans face disproportionate rates of lead poisoning, asthma, and environmental harm.

OPTION 2: Read about the climate crisis’s disproportionate impacts on Indigenous communities, and how Indigenous people have been at the forefront of the fight against the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and other environmental injustices.

OPTION 3: Watch this interview with scientist and philosopher Vandana Shiva where she links environmental activism to social justice and how that intersection can help us find common humanity.


We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom session. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen and reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

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If you have not interacted with each piece of content, now is a great time to go back and engage, find additional content to share in our Facebook group, and keep the conversation going. Have these discussions with your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. Challenge yourselves and each other to continue the work in addressing inequities. (Take this out and put on FB)

Join us TODAY for a special 2-hour Lunch and Learn session. Listen to meaningful discussion about racism in public health, a summary of the content learned in the Challenge, and participate in identifying a Call to Action for Kitsap County. It takes a community to address racial inequities and together we can eliminate racism.

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." - Coretta Scott King

Disrupt racism. Have a conversation. People are much more likely to listen to someone they have a relationship with. DoSomething.org provides clear guides to help you have anti-racist conversations with friends and family.Change how you consume media. Do a media audit of what you read, listen to and watch. Are you getting your news from only one source? Do you listen to any podcasts hosted by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) or read news sites from a perspective other than your own? Intentionally add in a few different sources. Here are some ideas.Read different history books. A few examples: A People’s History of the United States, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People, An African American and Latinx History of the United States. Check out this Black History Month library – consider using it all year. Donate to organizations involved in racial justice work locally and nationally. To support YWCA Kitsap County's racial and social justice work, donate here. Talk with your kids about racism. Here are some resources for kids and adults to read, listen to, and watch. Watch this TED Talk about ending silence around race with children.Consider getting involved in local advocacy. You can create change in a more impactful way than you might think just by attending meetings of your City Council, a school board, a neighborhood council, or writing/calling a local legislator.
  • Continue to seek out information and different perspectives.
  • Share this challenge. Challenge your co-workers, friends, and family to go through the Challenge with you as a group.
  • SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK

    Please consider taking a moment to share with us feedback about your experience while navigating the 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge. Did you find it valuable? Do you think we should do it again in the future? Are there specific topics you would like us to address? We welcome any insights you would like to share with us. Thank you!

    SUPPORT OUR RACIAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK

    YWCA Kitsap County is so grateful to be able to bring you this equity challenge. We are committed to a world of equity and human decency. We commit ourselves to the work of racial equity and social justice. We will continue to do the work until injustice is rooted out, until institutions are transformed, until the world sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

    Nearly 4,000 community members participated in the 21-Day Challenge:

    Attend Newlife
    Backbone Campaign
    Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
    Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
    Bainbridge Island Police Department
    Bainbridge Island School District
    Bainbridge Island Senior Center
    Bloedel Reserve
    Bremerton Family YMCA
    Central Kitsap School District
    City of Bainbridge Island Race Equity Task Force
    City of Bainbridge Island Police Department
    City of Bremerton Police Department
    City of Port Orchard Police Department
    Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County
    Freedom Project
    Graduate Strong
    Holly Ridge Center
    Indivisible Bainbridge Island
    Indivisible Vashon
    KEDA
    Kingston Cares
    Kitsap Advocating for Immigrant Rights & Equality - KAIRE
    Kitsap Community Resources
    Kitsap County Council for Human Rights
    Kitsap County Democrats
    Kitsap County Sheriff's Office
    Kitsap Economic Development Alliance
    Kitsap ERACE Coalition
    Kitsap Fliers Track & Field Club
    Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center
    Kitsap Public Health District
    Kitsap Regional Library
    Kitsap Sexual Assault Services
    Kitsap Strong
    Kitsap SURJ
    Kitsap Unitarians
    League of Women Voters of Kitsap County
    LIFE-FLOWS (International Photography and Spiritual Direction)
    Olympic Educational Service District 114
    Olympic College
    Poulsbo North Kitsap Rotary Club
    Namaskar Yoga Studios
    North Kitsap Indivisible
    North Kitsap School District
    North Kitsap Women's Giving Circle
    Raising Resilience
    Seattle Mariners
    Soroptimist International of Greater Bremerton
    State of Washington
    Tiffany Diamond Photography
    United Way of Kitsap County
    WEA Olympic Equity Team
    Wayzgoose Kitsap
    West Sound Academy
    West Sound Tech
    Vashon SURJ

    Thank you to those who participated in the Lunch and Learn Sessions:

    Bremerton City Council
    Central Kitsap High School
    NAACP Bremerton 1134
    Kitsap Advocating for Immigrant Rights and Equality
    Kitsap County Court
    Kitsap Equity Race And Community Engagement
    Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center
    Kitsap Mental Health Services
    Kitsap Mesa Redonda
    Kitsap Regional Library (Downtown Bremerton)
    Kitsap Strong
    Living Life Leadership
    Living Arts Cultural Heritage
    Olympic College
    Peninsula Community Health Services
    Suquamish Tribe

    Other organizations/coalitions/groups in Kitsap County doing Anti-Racism and Racial Justice work:

    Bainbridge Island Race Equity Task Force
    NAACP Bremerton Unit 1134
    KAIRE - Kitsap Advocating for Immigrant Rights and Equality
    Kitsap ERACE Coalition - Equity Race And Community Engagement
    Kitsap Regional Library
    Kitsap SURJ - Showing Up for Racial Justice

    YWCA agencies across the country are commitment to racial justice and civil rights. Collectively, we are committed to ensuring that everyone is afforded equal protection under the law, and our intersectional mission to eliminate racism and empower women demands that we show up to advocate against the oppression that many groups and individuals endure, including through recognizing the interconnected experiences of discrimination and disadvantage that women face from their overlapping identities.

    Too often, stereotypes, biases, and racial power dynamics are embedded in our laws and public policies. They are also reflected in the use of racial profiling, heightened surveillance tactics, targeted enforcement strategies, and other practices that increase policing of certain racial and ethnic communities (but not others) that lead to criminalization and often the death of people of color.

    Learn More About YWCA USA’s Leadership With Racial Equity & Social Justice

    YWCA USA BLOG POSTS

    ORGANIZE YOUR BUTTERFLIES PODCAST

    Launched in July 2019, YWCA USA’s Organize Your Butterflies podcast discusses the ways women are working to organize, strategize, and mobilize around issues like equal pay, domestic violence, entrepreneurship, and more.

    Share each challenge online with #YWCAEquityChallenge

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    Have you ever been to the doctor and have them tell you that the pain or discomfort you are feeling isn't real or isn't serious? Do you worry that, in an emergency, unconscious bias could delay or deny you life-saving care? If you are a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person Of Color) this is an all too common experience. Today we are learning how a history of racism in American medicine combined with unconscious bias from health care professionals is impacting the quality of care that BIPOC receive today.

    Challenges

    OPTION 1: Watch this interview with Harriet Washington, author of “Medical Apartheid” who talks about how, even though the worst medical practices of 18th and 19th centuries are over, there are still a lot of medical research studies that can be abusive.

    OPTION 2: Read this article about the dangerous racial and ethnic stereotypes that still exist in medicine today and how they impact the care that BIPOC receive from their healthcare providers.

    OPTION 3: Listen to this podcast about how unconscious bias becomes dangerous in emergency medical situations where providers are much more likely to default to making decisions based on stereotypes.

    OPTION 4: Read about how outbreaks of new diseases have historically lead to racial scapegoating and why we need to be vigilant against rising anti-Asian racism fueled by fear of Coronavirus.


    We encourage you to take note of any insights from the Challenge by using the Reflection Log below. Consider setting aside time to talk with friends about what you have learned and how the topics introduced impact our community. You can also share your insights with the Facebook Group. Invite your network to join you on this challenge and share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge.

    YWCA Kitsap County and Co-host Kitsap Strong invite you to participate in the Lunch and Learn Zoom session. We will discuss the information reviewed and center Leaders of Color as they share their experiences with racism in Kitsap County. Participants will have an opportunity to listen and reflect with peers and come together as a community in next steps - A Call to Action.

    VIEW FULL EMAIL

    For 21 days, nearly 4,000 Kitsap County community members committed to learning about how systemic racism impact BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) throughout history and presently in voting, education, criminal justice and public health. We, as a community, were given the amazing opportunity to lean in, listen and learn from our local Leaders of Color while they educated us about how racism manifests in Kitsap County. Together we worked to identify specific actions we, as a community, can take to begin addressing racial inequities and social injustices right here in Kitsap County.

    HISTORY/VOTING
    While there were many issues identified, a topic that kept resurfacing was the acknowledgement of historical and present-day tactics implemented to disenfranchise BIPOC. Each generation has been impacted by the lack of representation on Local, State and Federal levels of Government. Although young people are more engaged in activism today, there is still a large lack of young people's participation in voting.

    KITSAP COUNTY ACTION ITEMS:

    Educate and engage our young people about the importance of voting, how to register, how to research candidates, how to cast their ballots, and how to identify ballot drop locations

    NAACP Bremerton 1134 will be hosting a Candidate Forum that is intended for and led by our young people - an opportunity to hear local candidates on important issues. Details to come!

    EDUCATION
    Racial inequities in systems of education will continue to impact generation after generation unless we choose to change. Racism CAN be eliminated – and it starts with providing a historically accurate account of U.S. History. It is incredibly important to recognize that historical trauma and systemic racism have negative impacts on the health outcomes of BIPOC and affect an individual's ability to function day-to-day.

    KITSAP COUNTY ACTION ITEMS:

    Write to Kitsap County School District Boards to demand accountability for providing historically accurate teachings on Black history and the history of racism in the United States. Copy this template and click each link below to paste and send:

    Bainbridge Island School District Board President
    lsmith@bisd303.org

    Bremerton School District Board of Directors
    ioanna.cossack@bremertonschools.org

    Central Kitsap School District Board President
    director1@ckschools.org

    North Kitsap School District Board of Directors
    schoolboard@nkschools.org

    North Mason School District Board President
    awightman@northmasonschools.org

    North Kitsap School Board Member
    berg@skschools.org

    Write to Kitsap County School District Boards to demand that every educator in Kitsap County be required to receive training in Adverse Childhood Experiences from Kitsap Strong. School suspensions should be eliminated as punishment and replaced with trauma-informed approaches to identify needs for students including, but not limited to, mental health support, mentorship and substance use disorder rehabilitation resources and programs. Copy this template and click each link below to paste and send:

    Bainbridge Island School District Board President
    lsmith@bisd303.org

    Bremerton School District Board of Directors
    ioanna.cossack@bremertonschools.org

    Central Kitsap School District Board President
    director1@ckschools.org

    North Kitsap School District Board of Directors
    schoolboard@nkschools.org

    North Mason School District Board President
    awightman@northmasonschools.org

    North Kitsap School Board Member
    berg@skschools.org

    CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
    Incarceration rates disproportionately impact BIPOC and racism is an additional layer for those returning to life after incarceration when seeking employment, housing and wellness. Kitsap County has only one re-entry program through Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe for tribal members facing barriers to employment. Not only do they lack funding to provide support to those re-entering the community, but there is a huge lack of resources and funding available for non-tribal members.

    KITSAP COUNTY ACTION ITEMS:

    Write to Kitsap County Legislators to demand additional resources and funding for re-entry programs in Kitsap County. Copy this template and click each link below to paste and send:

    Senator Christine Rofles
    Representative Sherry Appleton
    Representative Drew Hansen

    Write to Washington State Legislators to demand additional resources and funding for re-entry programs in Kitsap County. Copy this template and click each link below to paste and send:

    U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray
    U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer

    Write to the Washington Statewide Reentry Council (christopher.poulos@commerce.wa.gov) to demand additional resources and funding for re-entry programs in Kitsap County. Copy this template to paste and send.

    PUBLIC HEALTH
    Black and African American mothers are up to four times more likely to die due to pregnancy related complications. Infant mortality occurs twice as likely for Black and African American babies. Black and African American men are twice as likely to be killed by police. Racism has adverse health outcomes for BIPOC - causing toxic stress and trauma which results in high blood pressure, heart disease, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and early death. Racism is a public health crisis and should be declared as such.

    KITSAP COUNTY ACTION ITEMS:

    Report racism as a public health crisis in Kitsap County. Copy this template to paste and send.

    Report racism as a public health crisis in Washington State. Copy this template to paste and send.

    This is is not the end of the Challenge - it is only the beginning. Please personalize the templates, share your story and make the letters your own. Share this Challenge and Call to Action with your friends, family and colleagues. One whisper, added to a thousand others, becomes a roar of discontent. Together we are EQUAL. POWERFUL. UNSTOPPABLE.

    YOUR INPUT MATTERS

    Thank you for taking part in a national campaign to learn about racial equity and social justice. We know that having these conversations can be challenging and we hope you have acquired new tools to continue the work in dismantling racism wherever it manifests. Please let us know your feedback about the Challenge by taking this 4-minute survey:

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    Below are links shared from the Lunch and Learn Call to Action on July 31:

    Racism is a Public Health Crisis
    How Racism Makes Us Sick
    Kitsap Public Health District Disparity Report
    Kitsap Public Health District COVID-19 Risk Assessment Report
    Prisoners and the Census
    Everyday Discrimination Scale and Resources
    Kitsap County Regional Library Resources Diversity, Equity & Anti-Racism
    Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation - John Lewis

    GET INVOLVED!

    Check out other organizations/coalition/groups who are doing racial equity and justice work and join them:

    Bainbridge Island Race Equity Task Force
    NAACP Bremerton Unit 1134
    KAIRE - Kitsap Advocating for Immigrant Rights and Equality
    Kitsap ERACE Coalition - Equity Race And Community Engagement
    Kitsap Regional Library
    Kitsap SURJ - Showing Up for Racial Justice

    "The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." - Coretta Scott King

    Disrupt racism. Have a conversation. People are much more likely to listen to someone they have a relationship with. DoSomething.org provides clear guides to help you have anti-racist conversations with friends and family.

    Change how you consume media. Do a media audit of what you read, listen to and watch. Are you getting your news from only one source? Do you listen to any podcasts hosted by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) or read news sites from a perspective other than your own? Intentionally add in a few different sources. Here are some ideas.

    Read different history books. A few examples: A People’s History of the United States, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People, An African American and Latinx History of the United States. Check out this Black History Month library – consider using it all year.

    Donate to organizations involved in racial justice work locally and nationally. To support YWCA Kitsap County's racial and social justice work, donate here.

    Talk with your kids about racism. Here are some resources for kids and adults to read, listen to, and watch. Watch this TED Talk about ending silence around race with children.

    Consider getting involved in local advocacy. You can create change in a more impactful way than you might think just by attending meetings of your City Council, a school board, a neighborhood council, or writing/calling a local legislator.

    Continue to seek out information and different perspectives.

    Share this Challenge. Challenge your co-workers, friends, and family to go through the Challenge with you as a group.

    SUPPORT OUR RACIAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK

    YWCA Kitsap County is so grateful to be able to bring you this equity challenge. We are committed to a world of equity and human decency. We commit ourselves to the work of racial equity and social justice. We will continue to do the work until injustice is rooted out, until institutions are transformed, until the world sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

    Nearly 4,000 community members participated in the 21-Day Challenge:

    Attend Newlife
    Backbone Campaign
    Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
    Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
    Bainbridge Island Police Department
    Bainbridge Island School District
    Bainbridge Island Senior Center
    Bloedel Reserve
    Bremerton Family YMCA
    Central Kitsap School District
    City of Bainbridge Island Race Equity Task Force
    City of Bainbridge Island Police Department
    City of Bremerton Police Department
    City of Port Orchard Police Department
    Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County
    Freedom Project
    Graduate Strong
    Holly Ridge Center
    Indivisible Bainbridge Island
    Indivisible Vashon
    KEDA
    Kingston Cares
    Kitsap Advocating for Immigrant Rights & Equality - KAIRE
    Kitsap Community Resources
    Kitsap County Council for Human Rights
    Kitsap County Democrats
    Kitsap County Sheriff's Office
    Kitsap Economic Development Alliance
    Kitsap ERACE Coalition
    Kitsap Fliers Track & Field Club
    Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center
    Kitsap Public Health District
    Kitsap Regional Library
    Kitsap Sexual Assault Services
    Kitsap Strong
    Kitsap SURJ
    Kitsap Unitarians
    League of Women Voters of Kitsap County
    LIFE-FLOWS (International Photography and Spiritual Direction)
    Olympic Educational Service District 114
    Olympic College
    Poulsbo North Kitsap Rotary Club
    Namaskar Yoga Studios
    North Kitsap Indivisible
    North Kitsap School District
    North Kitsap Women's Giving Circle
    Raising Resilience
    Seattle Mariners
    Soroptimist International of Greater Bremerton
    State of Washington
    Tiffany Diamond Photography
    United Way of Kitsap County
    WEA Olympic Equity Team
    Wayzgoose Kitsap
    West Sound Academy
    West Sound Tech
    Vashon SURJ

    Thank you to those who participated in the Lunch and Learn Sessions:

    Bremerton City Council
    Central Kitsap High School
    NAACP Bremerton 1134
    Kitsap Advocating for Immigrant Rights and Equality
    Kitsap County Court
    Kitsap Equity Race And Community Engagement
    Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center
    Kitsap Mental Health Services
    Kitsap Mesa Redonda
    Kitsap Regional Library (Downtown Bremerton)
    Kitsap Strong
    Living Life Leadership
    Living Arts Cultural Heritage
    Olympic College
    Peninsula Community Health Services
    Suquamish Tribe

    YWCA agencies across the country are commitment to racial justice and civil rights. Collectively, we are committed to ensuring that everyone is afforded equal protection under the law, and our intersectional mission to eliminate racism and empower women demands that we show up to advocate against the oppression that many groups and individuals endure, including through recognizing the interconnected experiences of discrimination and disadvantage that women face from their overlapping identities.

    Too often, stereotypes, biases, and racial power dynamics are embedded in our laws and public policies. They are also reflected in the use of racial profiling, heightened surveillance tactics, targeted enforcement strategies, and other practices that increase policing of certain racial and ethnic communities (but not others) that lead to criminalization and often the death of people of color.

    Learn More About YWCA USA’s Leadership With Racial Equity & Social Justice

    Learn about YWCA USA racial justice and civil rights policy priorities.
    Take a stand for racial justice and civil rights.
    Take advocacy action.
    Stand Against Racism.
    Fight racial profiling in your community with the Racial Profiling Community Watch Checklist.
    Oppose racial profiling in education with the Racial Profiling Education System Checklist.

    Download these resources to learn more:
    We Deserve Safety Report
    End Racial Profiling and the Criminalization of People of Color Briefing Paper

    YWCA USA BLOG POSTS

    Unhooded and Exposed: What COVID-19 Reveals about Racism in America
    Simply Hiring People of Color Is Not a Racial Equity Strategy
    The Time Is Now To Talk About White Privilege
    Showing Up for Black Women
    All Black Lives Matter
    Policy solutions for increasing women of color in leadership

    ORGANIZE YOUR BUTTERFLIES PODCAST

    Launched in July 2019, YWCA USA’s Organize Your Butterflies podcast discusses the ways women are working to organize, strategize, and mobilize around issues like equal pay, domestic violence, entrepreneurship, and more.

    Stand Against Racism: Exhibiting History and Curating the Future with Dr. Ariana Curtis
    Stand Against Racism: Building a Compassionate World with Michelle Kim
    Honoring the Importance of Racial Equity Education This Black History Month
    A Conversation About Racial Justice Training
    Hearing Fear, Not Acting On It: Discussing Conversations About Racism

    Share each challenge online with #YWCAEquityChallenge

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