As part of its commitment to engaging as many people as possible in racial justice work, YWCA Evanston/North Shore will host a racial justice summit on May 5 and 6 titled “Mirrors and Methods: Tools for Creating Racial Equity.” The event, which is open to the public, will be held at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan Road in Evanston.
The summit begins on Thursday, May 5, with a reception at 5:45 p.m. and a keynote address at 7:00 p.m. by Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D. DiAngelo’s area of research is whiteness studies. She is the author of “What Does it Mean to be White? Developing White Racial Literacy,” and serves as a consultant and trainer.
The session on Friday, May 6, begins with a breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and a keynote address by Brittney Cooper, Ph.D., at 8:45 a.m. Cooper is assistant professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers. Also known as “Professor Crunk,” she is considered a next generation black intellectual and is a well-known public speaker and commentator.
Topics include whiteness, black feminism, and building connections and community
On Friday, the summit, which will conclude at 3:30 p.m., will include lunch and breakout sessions with additional speakers and facilitators, including Rev. Velda Love, Patrick Keenan-Devlin, and representatives from Evanston Township High School who will talk about the power of affinity groups.