Community Engagement Programs

Our community engagement forums, which are hosted throughout the community, offer individuals the opportunity to come together and discuss current issues of racial justice, learn from one another, and  deepen our ability to effectively talk about racism. All programs are free and open to the public.

Dorothy Height Social Justice CLub

Dorothy Height was a leader in addressing the rights of both women and African Americans as the president of the National Council of Negro Women. One of Height’s major accomplishments was at the YWCA USA where she directed the integration of all of its centers in 1946 and established its Center for Racial Justice in 1965. Join our interactive, insightful social justice club with a focus on diverse, thought-provoking media, writings and subjects.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Race Against Racism

Join with your community to name the need, unite with your friends, neighbors and coworkers, and create change. A 5K race cannot end racism but naming the need is vital, and every step we take together makes a difference. We will keep running until injustice is rooted out; institutions are transformed, and the world sees women, girls and people of color the way we do: Equal, Powerful, Unstoppable.