Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women
YWCA of Greater Atlanta Continuing to lead Conversations about Race
One might wonder why YWCA of Greater Atlanta wishes to become the leading site for Conversations about Race, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The guiding principles of YWCA beckon us to engage in activities that seek to eliminate racism and empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Just as critical legal theorists assert that we will always live in a society fractured, and in many cases emboldened by racism, we seek to confidently engage in cross-racial dialogues that unapologetically recognize that racism exists.
YWCA of Greater Atlanta believes that we the people have the power to identify and address strategies to minimize the impact of what it means to live in a society that has been structured by hierarchies of human value that yield privileges for one group versus the other. We seek to help those with privilege to acknowledge the benefits accrued of being born a certain race, gender, or nationality. Our programming helps to elevate how less privileged individuals regardless of race can and should be afforded comparable opportunities to succeed. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offices were created to address these realities. Discussions about diversity, equity and inclusion are needed to create work environments that embrace, respect, and promote difference and do not contribute to artificial social constructions of race and gender.
We seek to impact the lives of all women, regardless of race, sexuality, socioeconomic class, profession, or education. As we examine the impact of racism upon the lives of women, we engage an intersectional lens to further complicate this very compelling charge. YWCA of Greater Atlanta recognizes that there are varied racialized and gendered experiences of women that must be curated and narrated as we discuss how to best engage diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. We recognize that there is no one voice for women and there is no one voice of color. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are concepts recognized across the spectrum of industries; however, YWCA of Greater Atlanta recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion must also focus upon the essential workers in society.
YWCA of Greater Atlanta seeks to demonstrate our commitment to the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women by engaging various initiatives that address the varied and complicated lives of women. Whether we are providing early childhood education for working mothers, hiring, and training childcare workers, hosting computer technology classes for girls and women, educating women on how to advocate for legislation affecting the lives of women, girls and other marginalized members of society or hosting an annual forum to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion, YWCA of Greater Atlanta seeks to actualize and activate our guiding principles. We seek to eliminate racism and empower women.
Join us on Thursday, September 23rd virtually at our Eighth Annual Conversations forum on race and gender. YWCA of Greater Atlanta wants to empower you. This year’s theme is “Conversations that Empower—Make DEI Part of your DNA”. Go to: www.ywcaatlanta.org/conversations/ to purchase tickets or become a sponsor.
By: Cynthia Neal Spence, Ph.D./ Associate Professor of Sociology / Director, UNCF/Mellon Programs /Director, Social Justice Scholars Program | Vice Chair/ Board of Directors YWCA of Greater Atlanta