Racial & Social Justice

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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.

Dialogue to Action

** Please know while we do our best to fill each session there may be a session that does 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.

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You may indicate your interest in future sessions on the form.


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Dialogue to Action: Conversations about Racism is a dynamic, eight week 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!

We are offering an additional dialogue this fall discussing the book White Fragility: Why it’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. Please note unless you register for the White Fragility session on Monday nights held at the Wilmington Library, you will be responsible for getting your own copy of the book. Please contact us is you are unable to do so and we will see if we can accommodate. Note: The Delaware libraries hold about 15 copies themselves so that is a money saving option.

Schedule Conversations about Racism 

Sun, Wilmington, 9am-11am, Siegel JCC
Sun, Wilmington, 2pm-4pm, Woodlawn Library
Mon, Wilmington, 6pm-8pm, Church of Sts. Andrew & Matthew
Wed, Wilmington, 6pm-8pm,
Wed, Newark, 6pm-8pm
Thur, Middletown, 6pm-8pm

Special OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) sessions Conversations about Racism

Registration is open to everyone

Oct 16th, 23rd, 30th, & November 6th, 13th, 20th
Wednesday 2pm – 4pm

Sussex Schedule (6-week session)

Georgetown, Wednesdays, starting Sept 25 at 6:30
Lewes, Thursdays, starting Sept 26 at 6:00
Rehoboth Beach, Saturdays, starting Sept 28 at 10:00

Schedule White Fragility

Mon, Wilmington, 6pm-8pm, Wilmington Library
Tue, Wilmington, 6pm-8pm, DelTech Wilmington
Tue, Newark, 6pm-8pm, UUFN
Wed, Newark, 6pm-8pm,
Wed, Wilmington, 6pm – 8pm, Westminster
Thur, Wilmington, 6pm-8pm, First Unitarian Wilmington

Signup for Dialogue to Action. | Download Flyer

Dialogue to Action Flyer

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.

MLK Voice 4 Youth 2020  
Registration Active, Peace Day September 21, 2019
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.
2019 Contest Winners | Download Flyer

Educational forums and discussions
The Women’s Suffragists Movement: Purple Sashes to Pink Hats 

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.

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.

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