The YWCA Evanston/North Shore announced today that Donique McIntosh has joined the agency to further develop its racial justice program.

McIntosh, who holds a doctorate in social justice education, comes to the YWCA from Smith College, where she did diversity and social justice training for student leaders. She is a certified social justice mediator and has served as an independent social justice and diversity consultant.

McIntosh joins Eileen Hogan Heineman as co-director of the racial justice program. The YWCA fosters opportunities to engage in open dialogue about race, racism and race relations to combat racism at individual, interpersonal and institutional levels through a wide array of programs and forums. It also hosts both the April Stand Against Racism and June Race Against Hate, and in 2016, plans to convene a Race Summit.

“For me, particularly having worked at a women’s institution, the draw was that it was the YWCA,” McIntosh said in a statement. “It’s just a really powerful experience to be in an environment devoted to educating and empowering women. I also have a seriousness about where we are as a country right now. It seems very regressive, but I feel blessed to be doing work I love, and I have hope that things will change.”

YWCA President/CEO Karen Singer said, “Donique’s wealth of experience has already made her a valued addition to the YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Our expanding programs and the increasing demand from our communities led us to look for an addition to our team who would advance our social justice mission, and it is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Donique’s caliber and expertise.”

The YWCA today also announced that it has been awarded a $15,000 grant for its comprehensive domestic violence services program from the Chicago Foundatoin for Women.

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  1. Her dissertation (available
    Her dissertation (available online) would suggest that blacks, women, and particularly black lesbians are constantly oppressed. She’ll likely put forth quite an agenda whereby battles are never ending.

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