Racial & Social Justice Learning Community

An intentional space created by community members committed to fostering racial and social justice.

About

This dedicated space allows for awareness of subconscious thoughts and attitudes that affect our perceptions about people, systemic issues, the decisions we make, and our impact on our community. Together, this community can learn what to do with our awareness and how to step into action.

What Our Members Are Saying

Joining the Learning Community

The Commitment

We ask new members of the RSJ Learning Community to serve a one-year term. The full RSJ Learning Community meets monthly to discuss and address annual goals.

In addition, subcommittees meet as needed to achieve specific objectives in relation to racial and social justice events, campaigns, activities, and objectives.

General Meetings

The generative discussions during monthly meetings allow for:

  • Calls to action (CTAs) & campaigns
  • Community-building space
  • Discussions related to YWCA Spokane’s work and mission
  • Volunteer/service-based opportunities
  • Workshops & webinars
  • And much more!

Enrollment

A limited enrollment window allows our community of dedicated volunteers and staff members the ability to maintain a cohesive group with clear objectives throughout the year.

Member enrollment opens every June with new members welcomed in July.

Additional Information

We are grateful to the members that dedicate their energy and time to this work.

Facilitator: Tamika LaMere

Members: Courtney Anderson, Liz Backstrom, Christina Banda-Kamkosi, Devyn Bell, Stephanie Bogue, Desire Buckles, Jessie Cook, Desiree Crawford, Chandler Dean, Rachel Dannen, Kathryn DePaolis, Alethea Dumas, Jeanette Hauck, Alondra Herrera, Danny Harris, Taffy Hunter, Misha Lehmann, Steve Lloyd, Caroline Mark, Anna Marie Martin, Alisha Merkt, Lauren Moffat, Jenn Nagata, Jennee Pool, Denise Redditt, Edward Renouard, Dr. Claudine Richardson, Jemma Riedel-Johnson, Roupe, Wendy Schatz, Erica Schreiber, Claire Schueman, Dr. Deb Svoboda, Hannah Talbot, Karla Trejo-Bernal, Brit Wilson

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

We’ve been at the forefront of the biggest issues of the day for 165 years, working to improve the lives of women, girls, and communities of color through three Areas of Focus:

Learn More

If you are passionate about supporting YWCA Spokane's racial and social justice work but missed the enrollment window, we encourage you to volunteer and support the work and mission in other ways. Please direct any questions to our team at equity@ywcaspokane.org.

Want to be part of system change? Consider exploring our advocacy suggestions here. Formerly an RSJ subcommittee, our legislative advocacy work has become a new, board-led committee that identifies issues and develops policies and procedures to facilitate social change. Interested? Please email Liz Backstrom at lizb@ywcaspokane.org.

Blog

Jun 20, 2024 Jun 22 @ 1:40 am

2024 Pride Re-Cap

YWCA Spokane joins thousands in Spokane for the 2024 Pride parade and festival.

Jun 4, 2024 Jun 22 @ 1:40 am

Gender-Based Violence in Conflict Zones

After we held this year’s Equity for All event, which included a focus on maternal mortality, it’s crucial to draw attention to the plight of women in the world’s conflict zones.

Jun 4, 2024 Jun 22 @ 1:40 am

Mission Moment – WOC Classes

About The Women’s Opportunity Center (WOC) offers a safe, supportive, and confidential environment for survivors of trauma so they can rest, recover, and rebuild. These learning opportunities are designed to foster healing after trauma while nurturing a supportive community. All…

Events

May 6, 2024 Jun 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

DV 101 Training: Recognize. Respond. Refer.

June 24th, 2024 10:00am – 11:30am Join YWCA Spokane for this important free, virtual training on June 24th. Learn more about intimate partner domestic violence, how to help a friend, and about YWCA Spokane’s free and confidential services. This Training…

May 20, 2024 Jun 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

DV 101 Training: Recognize. Respond. Refer.

June 27th, 2024 2:00pm – 3:30pm Join YWCA Spokane for this important free, virtual training on June 27th. Learn more about intimate partner domestic violence, how to help a friend, and about YWCA Spokane’s free and confidential services. This Training…

May 20, 2024 Jul 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

DV 201 Training: Learning in Action

July 15th, 2024 10:00am – 11:30am Join YWCA Spokane for this new free, virtual training on July 15th. Learn more about the unique barriers and challenges survivors navigate on a daily basis and talk through how you might help a…