Racial & Social Justice Learning Community

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


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

YWCA is Here for You

Many of YWCA Spokane’s supportive services are available in person. In some cases, services are also available remotely, via phone, video chat, or email.

Get Help Now

If you or someone you know is impacted by intimate partner domestic violence, know that confidential advocates are always available through our 24hr helpline services.

Hours of Operation

Main Office:

  • Mon: 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue: 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu: 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri: 8:00am – 3:00pm


930 N Monroe St, Spokane, WA 99201

Front Desk: 509-326-1190

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!


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.

Enrollment is now open and the interest form is below. Contact equity@ywcaspokane.org for questions.

Interest Form

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.


Jul 2, 2024 Jul 25 @ 8:08 am

2024 Board of Directors – Emily Sumner

Thank You Each of our wonderful Board of Directors is so passionate about our community and dedicates their time, talent, and resources towards the fulfillment of our mission. On behalf of our team, those we serve, and our community we…

Jun 24, 2024 Jul 25 @ 8:08 am

Celebrating Success in Gun Safety Amidst Recent Supreme Court Decision

I am grateful to be able to share some good news with you today about one of the ways we’re collaborating with law enforcement to prevent senseless violence and protect survivors.


Jul 12, 2024 Aug 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

DV 101 Training: Recognize. Respond. Refer.

Jul 10, 2024 Aug 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

DV 101 Training: Recognize. Respond. Refer.

August 8th, 2024 10:00am – 11:30am Join YWCA Spokane for this important free, virtual training on August 8th. Learn more about intimate partner domestic violence, how to help a friend, and about YWCA Spokane’s free and confidential services. This Training…

Jun 11, 2024 Aug 12 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Transformations Camp – August 2024

August 12th – 16th, 2024 9:00 am – 2:00 pm every day A special week-long summer empowerment camp centering the experienes of young women of color This camp includes: Free breakfast, lunch and snacks The opportunity for youth to get…