The Center for Racial and Gender Equity believes in building a Lancaster community that promotes equity and inclusion in multiple ways. Our community events are always free and open to the public.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
A community celebration with a focus on children. Local leaders read books to children and every child receives an age appropriate book to take home. Last year we had more the 300 children participate in all of the activities.
Annual 5K Race Against Racism
YWCA Lancaster hosts the longest consecutive-running Race Against Racism in the United States. Held the last Saturday in April, the race has broad corporate sponsorship and over 3000 participants.
*Registration fee for runners. This is a fundraiser that supports the Center.
Dorothy Height Book Club
Our social justice book club has a focus on diverse, thought-provoking writers and subjects. We meet the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Community Now Series
A series of discussions to understand what is happening in our community now. Hosted by YWCA Lancaster in partnership with local agencies and leaders. We include a diversity of voices on current topics.
Women of Achievement
YWCA Lancaster seeks to recognize local extraordinary women who selflessly give of their time and energy to make our community a better place. This annual event recognizes and honors women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their personal and professional endeavors while supporting, embodying, and complementing YWCA Lancaster’s mission. *This is a fundraiser that supports the Center.
Training & Education
The Center for Racial and Gender Equity pairs staff with a diverse, community–based team of trainers who are passionate about our mission. We infuse our training with best practices; current events and understandable frameworks that allow participants to find new meaning and shift paradigms to create an inclusive community.
We bring a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, especially in facilitation and training. These customizable workshops are available for schools, businesses, houses of worship, and community organizations. Let us develop a program for you that helps you do the deep and sustained work of change to eliminate racism:
- Diversity, Equity &Inclusion
- Policy Review/Consulting and Customized Trainings as requested
Racial Equity Institute
This is an intensive, multi-day training that arms participants with a foundational analysis of the systemic and institutional power of racism. Participants come away with a common language and understanding to do the internal work needed to dismantle racism and to communicate with others about racism and its manifestations. Participants will also develop working tools to identify and address racism within their respective spheres of influence.
*Updated for COVID protocols.
We do the work too! CRGE provides support, resources, presentations and trainings to build the capacity of YWCA staff at point of on-boarding; with annual All Staff Development Days and to strengthen all programs in meeting our mission.
Research and Advocacy
The Center for Racial and Gender Equity listening, learning and leading as advocates for an equitable community.
We will seek to better understand how systemic problems show up in our local community and the history that led to these realities. We will act and coordinate the community work necessary in order to lead change.
In partnership with others we sponsor events, trainings and provide resources to broaden community knowledge of systemic issues. YWCA Lancaster Board of Directors selects public policy areas annually and they include:
YWCA Public Policy
Our public policy areas include:
- Prevent gender-based violence and support survivors
- Ensure health care for women, girls, and marginalized people
- Eliminate policies and practices that criminalize people of color
- Protect the rights and safety of marginalized communities
- Equal pay & workplace fairness
- Protect immigrant women, children, and families
#YWomenCount is YWCA’s national campaign to support the 2020 Census. YWCA is a trusted voice to some of the most vulnerable communities in the country. Through this campaign, we will make sure our communities are counted fairly and accurately in 2020.
The stage is set for women to be a driving force in 2020.
YWomenVote2020—YWCA’s 3rd national survey of women in the United States—provides the most comprehensive examination of women’s concerns, experiences, and priorities. This year, we include an in-depth examination of Black, Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, Millennial (age 23-38), and white rural women—and a first-of-its-kind look at Gen Z women (age 18-22).
In Fiscal Year 2020, 1,149 students & community members participated in anti-racism programs.
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