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Antiracist Programming to Eliminate Racism

YWCA Delaware’s Racial & Social Justice program strives to transform communities by changing consciousness, promoting inclusion and solidarity, and cultivating skills in individuals to advocate for justice and inspire a movement.

Important resources

Our resource list of books, articles, movies, documentaries and podcasts will start or deepen your understanding of race, racism, and antiracism in the United States.

Resource list 


Conversations About Racism

Dialogue to Action: Conversations about Racism is a dynamic, program that moves us from talk to meaningful action! You’ve had conversations about racism before, but this program dives into the real issues and root causes, and evolves into action that directly addresses systemic and institutional racism. Now more than ever, we need to listen to each other, break down the walls between us, and channel our emotions into meaningful action for sustainable change! ** Please know while we do our best to fill each session there may be a session that does not have enough participants to meet. If this is the case we will contact you as soon as possible to allow you the option of choosing an alternative session.

Those needing accessibility or requesting an accommodation to access program services please contact 302-655-0039 ext236 or email rcotto@ywcade.org. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Fall Conversations

Sessions  (New Castle County)
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Sessions  (Sussex County)
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Apply to be a Facilitator

Interested in being a facilitator for Dialog to Action (DTA) Conversations about Racism? Apply online.

Application form 

Apply to be a Volunteer

We’re looking for volunteers to help register people to vote.
Apply online.

Application form 


On the Menu

In today’s multicultural workforce it is more important than ever that organizations make Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) a priority. DE&I efforts create meaningful, systemic, change toward more equitable environments.

YWCA DE has developed “On the Menu” a series of DE&I sessions designed as 90 minute programs which can be adjusted to 60 minutes if there are time constraints for your organization. The 4 workshops can be done separately or as a full series. Please contact Rebecca Cotto, email: rcotto@ywcade.org phone: 302-655-0039 ext. 236 for more information.

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Voices of Feminism
Details coming soon! To receive updates email: rcotto@ywcade.org

Summer/Fall Book Study Community Program
YWCA will host book studies based on the book How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram Kendi. This will be a 9-week study to learn how “just” not being a racist is not enough, we must all be Antiracist. These studies can be self-led by a member of the group using a guide provided by YWCA. Signup online.

Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity
This program is based on the curriculum Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity. (TWP) which is designed to help current and emerging leaders from a variety of sectors better identify, talk about and intervene to address white privilege and its consequences. It is a tool for white people to learn the history of policies that have led us to the current inequities in our system as well as their role in perpetuating the disparities, often unknowingly. This will be led by trained facilitators.

Educational forums and discussions
YWCA partners with community groups and nonprofits to create inclusive spaces where participants can learn about the history and negative impact of racism and oppression on individual attitudes, behaviors, and the very fabric of society. We help people grow their capacity to foster conversations about racism, and to develop action plans for responding to racism and other forms of oppression. If you missed our current session, please watch this space for future discussion groups.

MLK Voice 4 Youth 2021 
Finals, January 17, 2021  2 pm, The baby grand, 818 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
In honor of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., YWCA, in partnership with Christ Church, celebrates his legacy by conducting a communication contest for high school students to encourage youth to reflect on his life and mission within the context of their lives and the communities in which they live through the creative use of speech, poetry and rap.
2021 Contest | 2020 Contest Winners

Stand Against Racism
YWCA’s Stand Against Racism is an annual, national campaign coordinated in mid-Spring with YWCAs across the country, to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. Watch this space for dates and times.

Delaware Racial Justice Collaborative
YWCA and 10 local organizations began to work collectively to build awareness and increase understanding of the negative impact of racial bias and institutional racism on the economic and social well-being of communities of color.  The DRJC aims to establish itself as a resource center and thought leader for best practice, data, reference materials and facilitator of collective action to drive change in policy and practices that support structural racism.

NarrateHER Traveling Exhibit
YWCA’s NarrateHER traveling exhibit builds awareness about the layered ways social barriers impact the lives of women in Delaware as illustrated through their firsthand stories as advocates, educators and entrepreneurs. If you would like to find out more about hosting YWCA’s traveling exhibit, please contact us.

Local Emergency Action & Response Networks
In an ever polarizing country, with the rise of hateful rhetoric and acts against communities of color, Muslims and Jews, and others who are not in the dominant white culture, YWCA is organizing diverse networks of community members to meet the immediate needs of the local community after incidents of injustice/hate. There are currently LEARNetworks operating in New Castle County, DE, and Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties, PA.

To get involved in our Racial & Social Justice program, please contact
Rebecca Cotto at rcotto@ywcade.org 302.655.0039 ext. 236.