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Join the Stand Against Racism Challenge

Participation helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. Click below to accept the challenge and #StandAgainstRacism now!


Virtual “Let’s Talk” Panel Series

Each Monday of our  21-Day Stand Against Racism Challenge, we’re hosting a webinar discussion on racial equity and social justice topics with panelists from various fields. These virtual discussions are free and open to all.


Upcoming Virtual “Let’s Talk” Panel Discussions

Let’s Talk Women’s Health
There is no lack of statistical data highlighting the disparities in women’s healthcare and maternal health to cancer rates; it runs the gamut. Our panel will discuss what perpetuates the disparities and ways to address them. We will also be touching on period poverty, genital health, and mental health.
* Our Let’s Talk Women’s Health panel discussion has been postponed. Stay tuned! We are rescheduling this event and will be posting the new date soon!

Watch Now – Let’s Talk A Living Wage

Join us for a conversation on defining a living wage, how a living wage differs from the minimum wage, and why a living wage matters. Guest speakers will  discuss the living wage calculator (LWC),  Delaware’s movement to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, how systemic racism is deep-seated in tipping practices, and what’s needed to close the racial and gender equity gap.

Guest Speakers:
• Melanie Ross Levin, Director of the Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy (OWAA)
• June Crockett, YWCA Delaware’s Workforce Readiness Program Coordinator/Entrepreneur and Career-Readiness Programs

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Watch Now – Let’s Talk Inclusive American History

“Won’t it be wonderful when Black History and Native American History and Jewish History and all of U.S. history is taught from one book? Just U.S. history.” — Maya Angelou

YWCA Delaware believes every student deserves equitable access to a truthful accounting of our country’s history. The term critical race theory is being used as a dog whistle. Last year, the State of Delaware passed HB189, requiring Black History to be taught in school from grades K through 12. Right now, laws requiring Black History to be taught are essential, and there is no denying that. We believe it’s time to talk about inclusive American History and what that could look like. Join us as we team up with The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice to offer a provocative and informative discussion on how American History is shaped, defined, and taught in today’s world.

Guest Speakers:

• Cliffvon Howell, M.S. – Equity & Diversity Coordinator for Caesar Rodney School District
• Bebe Coker, Coordinator Black Heritage Educational Theater Group
• Closing remarks from Charlotte King, Founder of SDARJ


Watch Now – Let’s Talk Racism & Representation in Film, Media, and Theater

Monday, April 25, 2022 at 7 p.m. – Let’s Talk Racism & Representation in Film, Media, and Theater
Join us for a panel conversation on both the history and current role film, media, and theater plays in a failure of accurate representation. We internalize much of what we take in just in the physical appearance and perpetuation of bias and stereotypes on an unconscious level. What are the ways we can and have addressed these issues and who can we hold accountable when they continue?

Guest Speakers:
•  Akima A. Brown, Founder of Reel Families for Change, Filmmaker, and Community Advocate
•  Michael Feely, Executive Editor of DelawareOnline/The News Journal
• David Stradley, Producing Artistic Director of Delaware Shakespeare
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Check out the recordings from our 2021 Let’s Talk  series posted below and on our youtube channel.

Let’s Talk Environmental Justice

Let’s Talk Gender-Based Violence

Let’s Talk Racism, Sexism and Activism in Sports

Let’s Talk Reparations