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Racial Justice Institute

The Racial Justice Institute (RJI), comprised of level one (I) and level two (II), is one of the YWCA Lancaster’s core programs coming out of the social justice department. It is an intensive three-day session and we are excited to offer it to you on September 11 – 13!

To register, fill out the form below and choose your registration level:

ADVOCATE $450:

Subsidized registration for students and/or those with fixed incomes.

SUSTAINER $650:

Actual cost needed to break even for hosting an Institute.

SUPPORTER $900:

Makes it possible to offer scholarships for others to attend.

If you have any technical problems, please call Bob Herbert at (717) 869-5011 or via email at bherbert@ywcalancaster.org

Racial Justice Institute

Register now for Racial Justice Institute Part I coming up September 11 - 13, 2019.
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Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night, is a survivor centered event that focuses on uplifting and supporting those who’s lives have been impacted by sexual violence. This year’s event, to be held at YWCA Lancaster and will feature Jennifer Storm, PA Victim Advocate and survivor.

The event will also feature a survivor speak-out. Survivors of sexual violence are invited to share their stories, how they healed, and how they’ve moved forward.

 

Not Alone: Uniting Stories of Survivors

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness month, YWCA Lancaster in collaboration with LANCASTER STORY SLAM hosts a night of storytelling and spoken word sharing survivors’ stories of sexual violence.

This event takes place at ZOETROPOLIS, 112 North Water Street

April 9, 7 – 9 p.m.

This is a pay as you can event. Suggested price is $10 – $20 per person.

Not Alone: Uniting Stories of Survivors

In collaboration with LANCASTER STORY SLAM We are hosting a night of storytelling and spoken word sharing survivors’ stories of sexual violence.
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Racial Justice Institute,
Part II

Please note:  Attending Racial Justice Part I, or something similar, is a required prerequisite for attendance.

YWCA Lancaster and the Lancaster Theological Seminary are partnering to bring you “Racial Justice Institute Part II.”

Building on YWCA Lancaster’s annual Racial Justice Institute Part I, we now announce Part II, in partnership with the Lancaster Theological Seminary.  This three-day workshop takes place Wednesday, July 18, through Friday, July 20, at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster. The institute is an intensive three-day (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily) workshop that gives participants a common understanding of racism, and a foundation for beginning to dismantle the institutional and systemic racism that pervades the institutions and organizations in our lives.

Participants will be equipped with a better understanding of the separate experiences, work, and responsibilities of People of Color or White People. They will be introduced to a fundamental anti-racist, multi-cultural, organizational/institutional analysis model and leave the institute with a tangible plan of action for themselves and/or their “change team.”

Continental breakfast, refreshments, snacks, and lunch will be provided as participants work through journals, workbooks, and toolkits that they can use to study, question, and better understand the history, context, and impact of racism on individuals and society.

The Racial Justice Institute is led by cultural bridges to justice, a national consortium of highly effective trainers. jona olsson and Achebe Betty Powell have delivered the Institute to the Lancaster community for more than 20 years. http://www.culturalbridgestojustice.org/programs/racism/racial-justice-institute/

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Trauma Process Yoga Group

An open level, trauma-informed vinyasa yoga class appropriate for every body led by Katie Sina, co-facilitator/yoga instructor.

Following class there will be an optional 15 minute information session led by Wendy Gaunt discussing the benefits of yoga and movement as a tool in the process of healing trauma, honoring the brain/body connection, and the unique ways a Trauma Process Yoga Group differs from trauma-informed yoga.

Accessible/Adaptable for Every Body. Bring your own mat. Registration is required, please contact Wendy Gaunt at wgaunt@ywcalancaster.org or 717.621.2397 to confirm participation.

The series takes place on Mondays from January 14 – April 1st.

Lunch and Learn with Alexis Flanagan

YWCA Lancaster is pleased to present a lunch-and-learn event with Alexis Flanagan

The event takes place at YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime St., downtown Lancaster. There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided. Space is limited to 50; sign up below to reserve your spot.

Event Schedule

  • 11:30 – 12:00: Lunch served
  • 12:00 – 1:15: Speaker
  • 1:15 – 1:30: Q&A
Do you ever wonder why some folks get so worked up about injustice and are ready to take their outrage to the streets? Fear that you are being judged as not doing enough because you work one-on-one with individuals to improve their lives? Wonder why some folks keep trying to create change within broken systems when you want the whole system dismantled and replaced with something that is actually created for all of us to thrive?
You are not alone. Creating long-lasting social change requires that we all bring our gifts, strengths, and power in the ways that make the most sense for us and our communities. There is no one strategy nor one way of doing social justice work that, alone, will bring about the transformation we seek.
“To reach its goal, a movement must include different approaches to change and a great variety of people filling different roles. Each of us prefers some roles over others. And we may play a range of different roles in different circumstances. Understanding our preferences can help us work with others more powerfully.” – Daniel Hunter, Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow
 
In this workshop, Alexis Flanagan, will invite us to explore 4 roles in movement building, locate ourselves within those roles and gain understanding about how our approaches and preferences impact and interact with others. By the end of the workshop, participants will have more clarity about how they do/can/want to show up in social justice work while working with others in different roles.

Alexis Flanagan is a cultural worker, writer, painter, healer, and organizer working at the intersection of art and activism nationally and in the DC Metropolitan Area.  Starting out as a K-12 educator and, for the last 12 years, leading organizations working to end sexual and domestic violence, she most recently served 5 years as the Assistant Director of HopeWorks – a comprehensive sexual assault and domestic violence program in Columbia, MD.

Alexis is currently the Learning and Practice Director at Resonance – a movement-building network of people who are committed to collective purpose and strategy: To unleash the interdependence, wholeness, and thriving of all beings by living in community in ways that heal and transform violence. At Resonance, Alexis is deepening practice and embodiment of liberation and transformation within communities she loves. 

 

Previously, Alexis served as Program Manager of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner and Sexual Assault Response Team program and Bilingual Legal Advocate at the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Bilingual Advocate at the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Alexis is a certified Reiki practitioner, holistic health coach, and interpreter with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Maryland.

Lunch and Learn - April

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Racial Justice Institute – Part I

YWCA Lancaster, in partnership with the Lancaster Theological Seminary, presents the Racial Justice Institute, Part I.  This three-day workshop takes place Wednesday, December 5 through Friday, December 7, at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster. The institute is an intensive three-day (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily) workshop that gives participants a common understanding of racism, and a foundation for beginning to dismantle the institutional and systemic racism that pervades the institutions and organizations in our lives.

Participants will be equipped with a better understanding of the separate experiences, work, and responsibilities of People of Color or White People. They will be introduced to a fundamental anti-racist, multi-cultural, organizational/institutional analysis model and leave the institute with a tangible plan of action for themselves and/or their “change team.”

Continental breakfast, refreshments, snacks, and lunch will be provided as participants work through journals, workbooks, and toolkits that they can use to study, question, and better understand the history, context, and impact of racism on individuals and society.

Register here.

Racial Justice Institute – Part II

Please note:  Attending Racial Justice Part I, or something similar, is a required prerequisite for attendance.

YWCA Lancaster and the Lancaster Theological Seminary are partnering to bring you “Racial Justice Institute Part II.”

Building on YWCA Lancaster’s annual Racial Justice Institute Part I, we now announce Part II, in partnership with the Lancaster Theological Seminary.  This three-day workshop takes place Wednesday, July 18, through Friday, July 20, at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster. The institute is an intensive three-day (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily) workshop that gives participants a common understanding of racism, and a foundation for beginning to dismantle the institutional and systemic racism that pervades the institutions and organizations in our lives.

Participants will be equipped with a better understanding of the separate experiences, work, and responsibilities of People of Color or White People. They will be introduced to a fundamental anti-racist, multi-cultural, organizational/institutional analysis model and leave the institute with a tangible plan of action for themselves and/or their “change team.”

Continental breakfast, refreshments, snacks, and lunch will be provided as participants work through journals, workbooks, and toolkits that they can use to study, question, and better understand the history, context, and impact of racism on individuals and society.

The Racial Justice Institute is led by cultural bridges to justice, a national consortium of highly effective trainers. jona olsson and Achebe Betty Powell have delivered the Institute to the Lancaster community for more than 20 years. http://www.culturalbridgestojustice.org/programs/racism/racial-justice-institute/

Racial Justice Institute – Part I

YWCA Lancaster, in partnership with the Lancaster Theological Seminary, presents the Racial Justice Institute, Part I.  This three-day workshop takes place Monday, June 11 through Wednesday, June 13, at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster. The institute is an intensive three-day (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily) workshop that gives participants a common understanding of racism, and a foundation for beginning to dismantle the institutional and systemic racism that pervades the institutions and organizations in our lives.

Participants will be equipped with a better understanding of the separate experiences, work, and responsibilities of People of Color or White People. They will be introduced to a fundamental anti-racist, multi-cultural, organizational/institutional analysis model and leave the institute with a tangible plan of action for themselves and/or their “change team.”

Continental breakfast, refreshments, snacks, and lunch will be provided as participants work through journals, workbooks, and toolkits that they can use to study, question, and better understand the history, context, and impact of racism on individuals and society.

Registration available here.

Lunch and Learn with Heidi Notario

 YWCA Lancaster is pleased to present a lunch-and-learn event with Heidi Notario: “Living & Working at the Intersections: Responding to Survivors from Diverse Communities.”

YWCA Lunch and Learn
Join Heidi Notario, M.A., for our first Lunch and Learn in 2018 on  January 24.

Survivors of sexual or domestic violence come from every race, ethnicity, and background imaginable. The same can be true of anti-violence advocates. One of the most challenging aspects of supporting  survivors is ensuring the provision of culturally affirming services to all, no matter their backgrounds, while caring for ourselves (advocates, allies, etc.) in the process. In this discussion, we will explore approaches for providing culturally specific services to survivors. We will discuss strategies for making services both culturally relevant and accessible — both sides of the same coin. The presenter will take participants through an intersectional approach on how to properly address each aspect of a survivor’s identity.

The event takes place at YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime St., downtown Lancaster. There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided. Space is limited to 50; sign up below to reserve your spot.

Event Schedule

  • 11:30 – 12:00: Lunch served
  • 12:00 – 1:15: Speaker
  • 1:15 – 1:30: Q&A

Heidi Notario, M.A., serves as the director of implementation & social change at the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza. She has advocated for the rights of persons with disabilities and Deaf individuals for more than a decade, working closely at the intersections of disabilities and violence against people of color. Heidi’s interests include a wide variety of issues related to the treatment—by the criminal justice system, service providers, and society at large—afforded to immigrant survivors of violence, those with disabilities, and Deaf individuals. Heidi keeps at the forefront of her anti-oppression work the elimination of barriers that impact survivors with intersecting identities, such as LGBTQ people of color. Heidi views “accessibility” from a human rights framework and is committed to bringing this perspective into her work and personal life. Heidi is originally from Cuba and has resided in the U.S. since 1995. She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Lehigh University.

Lunch and Learn - Jan

Join us for a Lunch and Learn with Heidi Notario: “Living & Working at the Intersections: Responding to Survivors from Diverse Communities.”
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