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Racial Justice


Living Our Mission

Join YWCA Northeast Kansas in our mission to break through the barriers that perpetuate racism.

YWCA Northeast Kansas is dedicated to promoting racial equity by partnering with individuals, organizations and businesses through racial justice training, advocacy, outreach and education.

Racial Justice Facilitation

YWCA Facilitators are committed to racial justice work. As an active member of the movement to promote positive race relations, facilitators carry the responsibility of promoting a safe environment for all participants to share personal experiences and opinions regarding the topics of race and racism.

Our next Racial Justice Facilitation training series is scheduled for Wednesday, August 22nd, Wednesday, August, 29th, and Wednesday, September 5th from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All of the sessions will be held at the YWCA.

Time Commitment: 7.5 hours spread over three 2.5-hour sessions with a single cohort, or group of facilitators.

Group Training: It is important for community building and continuity of learning that you complete your training within a single group.

Cost: The training is FREE if you are able to commit to attending all three sessions.

What will you learn? 

  • Session 1: Getting Together. In the first of the three sessions, we will focus on “getting together,” both literally and figuratively. Get to know one another as individuals and as racial justice advocates. We will also “get together” in terms of our racial justice philosophy. Learn about the philosophy and models used at YWCA Minneapolis to talk about racial justice and examine common missing bricks you’ll come across in your facilitation work.
  • Session 2: Circle and Facilitation. In the second session, delve into the benefits and origins of circle dialogue. Learn the mechanics of the circle and using the talking piece. Get into the role of the facilitator and learn the traits that are beneficial and detrimental to facilitation.
  • Session 3: Practice Makes Practice. So, none of us will ever be perfect, but with practice we get better and better each time we facilitate. This third session is devoted to practicing your new facilitation skills. You will take turns acting as a facilitator and as a participant.
To sign up, contact Kathleen Marker, CEO: kathleenm@ywcaneks.org. This class is limited to 25 attendees, so be sure to register before August 15th.


Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Contemporary Kansas

The Mission of the YWCA of Northeast Kansas and the YWCA of the USA is the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women. The YWCA is concerned about growing racist and prejudicial attitudes on display in recent months as seen in news articles and reports and even remarks by candidates for public office. This project explored racism and its insidious and divisive nature in society as well as other attitudes such as sexism, Islamophobia, discrimination and violence against one group or another in October of 2016.

 The project proposed to examine questions such as:

  • What is racism?
  • What societal conditions are giving rise to the acceptance of racist, sexist public statements?   
  • Is the resurgence of violence in Topeka and other cities towards minorities acceptable?
  • Can America actually eliminate racism or can we only drive it below the surface for a time?
  • What are our individual responsibilities toward reducing or eliminating racism
  • How does institutional racism perpetuate these attitudes?
  • How important are values such as Trust, Love toward One Another in combatting fear and hate?
  • What is White Privilege?


Evening community forums were held in October 2016: 

  • Oct. 4, 7:00 PM Forum at Washburn Law School –with Jim McCullough, moderator. Sponsored by the Center for Peace &Justice
  • Oct. 11 5:30 PM Free Dinner, Avondale East Net-Reach Center – with Barry Feaker, moderator. Sponsored by the Topeka Rescue Mission, NIA’s
  • Oct. 13, 6:30 PM Forum at YWCA, 225 W 12th
  • Oct 17 6:30 PM Highland Park High School – Pastor Delmar White moderating


Continue to check back for more dates of forums and events.