Center for Racial and Gender Equity

The GIANT Company is a Founding Sponsor of the Center for Racial and Gender Equity

The Center for Racial & Gender Equity (CRGE) engages in education and advocacy to build community around our mission to eliminate racism and empower women to have equitable access to personal, community and professional opportunities, free from racial injustice.

Community Engagement

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.

Founding Sponsor:

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.

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Annual 5K Race Against Racism

YWCA Lancaster Race Against Racism PictureYWCA 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.

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Dorothy Height Social Justice Club

Our Dorothy Height Social Justice Club has a focus on diverse, thought-provoking writers and subjects.  We meet the 3rd Thursday of each month.

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Detoxing Masculinity

“The first act of violence that patriarchy demands of males is not violence towards women. Instead patriarchy demands of all males that they engage in acts of psychic self-mutilation, that they kill off the emotional parts of themselves.” ~ bell hooks

Any male-identifying people are invited to join us to discuss and reflect with other male-identifying people about how we can best help dismantle sexism within ourselves and our community. We’ve chosen a brewery because of how toxic beer culture can be for women, non-nonbinary, and genderqueer folks. There is no obligation to consume alcohol.

Any questions email Adam Hosey ahosey@ywcalancaster.org

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.

Learn about the whole series here.

Reclaiming Our Time


RECLAIMING OUR TIME is a collective space for the Black and Brown community hosted by the YWCA Lancaster’s Center for Racial and Gender Equity. This space recognizes the systemic inequities Black and Brown people endure while celebrating excellence and the unwavering ability to have joy. Together, this space will reclaim our time to gather, uplift, and mend as a people.

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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.

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