Our Values

YWCAs have three signature platforms that support our mission: YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Our Priorities

The signature platforms are focus areas of YWCA’s collective mission impact work and include: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls and health and safety of women and girls. Achieving the signature outcomes in these three platform areas is done in a combination of individual or systems intervention, including direct services and programs, as well as issue education, advocacy and public policy.

Racial Justice & Civil Rights: YWCA increases the equal protection and equal opportunities of color.

Empowerment & Economic Advancement of Women and Girls: YWCA increases economic opportunities for women and girls of color.

Health & Safety of Women & Girls: YWCA improves health and safety of women and girls of color.

YWCA has long understood that all women cannot be empowered unless we address the issue of racism. This is why racial justice remains a significant priority in all of our programs. Racial justice is at the core of our work, because women of color and Native women are often the most marginalized, and the least access to resources. Racial justice work is more than a programmatic intervention, it is a guiding philosophy and practice that is incorporated into all of the work that we do.

Our fight for women is a fight for women of color, immigrant women, and Native American women. Further, YWCA has a broad and expansive view of gender justice that includes the experiences of LGBTQ+ people and those targeted because of their gender identity or perceived gender identity. At the core of the YWCA’s work is the recognition that all women, or all people, are not treated equally.

Our 2020 Board of Directors

Alison Pollock, Security Benefit Group, President

Kaitlyn Sester, Evergy, Vice President

Liz Steffen, Envista Credit Union, Treasurer

Athena Andaya, Office of the Kansas Attorney General

Alison Beebe, Colmery-O’Neil Veterans’ Administration Medical Center

Kayla Bitler, Kansas Gas Service

Angela Dailey, Capitol Federal

Sara Fox, Coldwell Banker American Home

Gina Millsap, Topeka & Shawnee County Library

Susana Ortiz, Kansas State University

Alisha Saucedo, New Beginnings Health Care

Marcy Weekley, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas

Lakeisha Williams, Bartlett & West

Megan Schwerdt Williams, Schwerdt Contract Interiors

Tara D. Wallace, LSCSW, Lighthouse Therapeutic Community Outreach

Our Commitment