Learn With Us
Together, we can build a beloved community. To get there, it will require action from us all.
Every person is responsible for creating real change. Part of that responsibility is to become more aware. Too often, stereotypes, biases, and racial power dynamics are embedded in our reactions to each other, our laws, and in our public policies. Knowledge is power and educating ourselves is critical in our commitment to racial and social justice.
Below, you will find a variety of resources and tools to support you with learning about issues related to race, power, privilege, and equitable leadership. We encourage you to explore these resources individually as well within a group setting. Consider joining our Racial and Social Justice Facebook group, which is a community of people who are interested in sharing resources, having courageous conversations, and learning and growing together.
LEARN WITH US
Below you will find a list of resources that are free and available for you to use and share. Thank you for taking time to make education about racial and social justice issues a priority. Your efforts help to create a beloved community, not just for some but for all.
- 14-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge
- Racial Reckoning: A Racial Trauma Healing Toolkit
- Racial Justice Training Manual
- Domestic Violence Education Challenge
- Cultural Competency Exercises
- Self Care Is A Revolutionary Act
- YWCA USA Materials
14-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge
The idea of a Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge was originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving and has been adapted by many organizations across the country. Our local 14-day challenge was designed to help community members create dedicated time and space within their schedule to build more effective social justice habits, particularly around issues dealing with race, power, privilege, and leadership. This challenge is accessible to anyone interested in learning more about racial equity and social justice and examining these issues in our own communities.
Racial Reckoning: A Healing Toolkit
YWCA USA has shared a new resource on community healing from racial trauma. Developed by Durryle Brooks, PhD, with insight from the YWCA USA team, this Racial Reckoning: A Healing Toolkit recognizes that creating space for healing from racial violence and trauma is critical — for ourselves, our YWCA teams, and for our communities. This new toolkit is an entry point to help us think deeply and intentionally about how we care for one another and center healing practices during this time of racial reckoning. We hope this will be a valuable resource to you in the coming days.
YWCA USA RACIAL JUSTICE TRAINING MANUAL
YWCA USA created a Racial Justice Training Manual as a resource for both internal and external racial justice training and development. The training manual is a robust tool and resource that can aid in developing a local strategy for accomplishing signature outcomes. The manual provides foundational steps to increase overall capacity by providing historical context, concepts, guidance, toolkits, and other resources.
Domestic Violence Education Challenge
We invite the Spokane community to live out YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women by taking our Learn & Give Challenge. The Challenge will focus on facilitating understanding of the complexities of domestic violence, it’s intersections with race and other social identities, and the severity of the collective impact of domestic violence, oppression, and marginalization on our community.
Cultural Competency Exercises
Consider reviewing these sample exercises that can be explored in group settings in order to foster the ability to understand, appreciate, and interact with people from cultures or belief systems different from one’s own. These tools can be shared with your friends, family, your church, or within a work environment.
When we’re expected to take care of others emotionally and physically, taking time, energy, and resources for ourselves can feel shameful. Through this Prevention At Home Series, YWCA Spokane’s staff have joined together to create a unique online engagement opportunity focused on cultivating increased community education and awareness surrounding issues related to intimate partner domestic violence and self-care during the pandemic.
YWCA USA Resources
‘ORGANIZE YOUR BUTTERFLIES’ PODCAST
YWCA USA’s Organize Your Butterflies podcast discusses the ways women are working to organize, strategize, and mobilize around issues like equal pay, domestic violence, entrepreneurship, and more.
- Stand Against Racism: Exhibiting History and Curating the Future with Dr. Ariana Curtis
- Stand Against Racism: Building a Compassionate World with Michelle Kim
- Honoring the Importance of Racial Equity Education
- A Conversation About Racial Justice Training
- Hearing Fear, Not Acting On It: Discussing Conversations About Racism
YWCA USA BLOG POSTS
- Unhooded and Exposed: What COVID-19 Reveals about Racism in America
- Simply Hiring People of Color Is Not a Racial Equity Strategy
- The Time Is Now To Talk About White Privilege
- Showing Up for Black Women
- All Black Lives Matter
- Policy solutions for increasing women of color in leadership
YWCA USA INFORMATION SHEETS
Courtesy of YWCA USA, the below information sheets cover topics and terms related to immigration, systemic racism, gender violence, social justice-oriented language, YWCA’S Theory of Change, and much more!
- YWCA Theory of change
- YWCA social justice glossary
- YWCA racial justice overview
- YWCA racial justice history timeline
- Top 10 facts about DACA and dreamers
- National Immigrant Organizations
- Immigration key terms
- Immigration and gender based violence fact sheet
- Families belong together fact sheet
- Economic security for immigrant women fact sheet
- DACA fact sheet