Racism, Trauma, and What’s Next
Virtual 6 Part Summer Series – conversations surrounding racial and social justice.
From the very founding of YWCAs, social justice has always been a major priority that serves as a pillar of our organization. YWCA has a rich history of social justice and advocacy efforts including our nationally recognized annual Stand Against Racism and Week Without Violence events and activities that take place across the United States. Our organizational mission is vital and clear: we strive, through a variety of programs, issue education, and services, to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
YWCA Tri-County Area presents this program series through three mediums: webinars, book studies, and movie analysis. Through these forms of issue education it is our goal to host courageous conversations about racism and inequality present in the many facets of our culture and society.
Many have said that we need to have a conversation about racism and inequality. We agree that it is always important to have deep and constructive conversations and discussions about race and racism, and then we must turn our talk into action.
Following every Webinar or Issue Education opportunity there will be a call to action which may include the following: contacting US Senators demanding senate to restore the voting rights act (H.R.1) to reduce voter suppression as we plan for November voter elections, policy change and/or reform, assisting local and neighboring communities with gaps they are experiencing, engage local and state leaders to demand policy change and/or reform, etc.
Through this 6-part summer series, YW3CA will host courageous conversations, this program will include town hall meetings, opportunities for issue education through book study and through movie analysis.
All virtual sessions will be held from 6 pm – 8 pm.
|Webinar #1||What's Next: Race, Justice, & Policing||June 24, 2020|
|Issue Education: Book Study||White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo||Begins July 6, 2020|
|Webinar #2||What's Next: Trauma Responsive Practices||July 15, 2020|
|Issue Education: Movie Analysis||13th Directed by Ava DuVernay||July 20, 2020|
|Issue Education: Book Study||So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo||Winter|
|Issue Education: Movie Analysis||American Son Directed by Kenny Leon||August 17, 2020|
Stacey Woodland, YW3CA CEO
Issue Education Book Study: White Fragility by Robin DeAngelo – REGISTRATION CLOSED
YWCA Tri-County Area is excited to offer our Issue Education Book Study as the second session for this advocacy series. All change begins with conversation, and YW’s advocacy series’ goal is to start the conversation about race, racism, and inequality present in the many facets of our culture and society.
This book study will focus on “White Fragility” by Robin DeAngelo. As a participant we encourage you to purchase the book, but it is not mandatory to be part of the conversation. However, we would like to note that individuals interested in purchasing the book may do so via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, through a local bookstore, or via a virtual tablet (Kindle, Nook, etc.).
You do not have to read any of the book to be prepared for the first session. For this session, we will introduce the literature, provide introductions of our discussion leaders, review Courageous Conversation practices, and offer homework for the following session. Most importantly, we will be establishing ground rules for the following biweekly discussions.
This book study will occur virtually every other Monday at 6 pm on the following dates: July 6, July 20, August 3, August 17, August 31, September 14, and September 28. We will send out reminder emails to those who have registered with the Zoom link to access the event the day of each session.
Webinar #2: Trauma Responsive Practices
July 15, 2020 6 pm-8 pm
YWCA Tri County Area Association will be hosting an online forum to discuss racial justice trauma as it relates to the inequalities seen within our communities of color. This forum is a direct response to the recent disparities individuals have experienced during our COVID-19 pandemic and racial (in)justices we observed in light of the deaths of George Floyd, Brianna Taylor, Rashard Brooks, and Ahmaud Arbery. We seek to inspire a dialogue that will support education, community healing and share tools that promote racial justice, diversity and inclusion and community safety for all.
We have extended an invitation to attend this virtual event to community groups, schools, community partners, mental health providers, and concerned community members in effort to support YWCA Tri-County Area as we take a stand against racism. We will be asking our panel to respond to several questions pertaining to one’s mental health giving consideration to the two public health crisis the country is facing, with a goal of transitioning to a new normal while ensuring a practice of inclusion, equality, and diversity.
We aim to engage our viewers in a conversation that will address mental health of families and racial justice as it relates to COVID-19 and the countless deaths happening in America.
Webinar #1: Race, Justice, & Policing
The first session of this virtual 6 part summer series is a webinar hosted by YWCA Bucks and YWCA Tri-County Area leaders. They will host a conversation with local and state police officers addressing topics such as deescalation techniques, understanding racial bias, addressing police accountability and more.
Race, Justice, & Policing: Panelist Biographies
I am Trooper Ismail El-Guemra, of the Pennsylvania State Police, Heritage Affairs Section within the Equality and Inclusion Office. Our unit is dedicated to prevent, monitor, and respond to hate crimes in Pennsylvania. Along with that, we offer Law enforcement training and assistance in these fields. Our unit works with municipal, state, federal agencies, local governments, and community organizations.
Trooper Kelly Smith has been employed by the Pennsylvania State Police since 2013. She has a unique position within the department, serving as Community Services Officer for Troop H, which encompasses Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, and Perry counties. In her role, Trooper Smith provides community outreach, presentations, and programs to schools and community groups. She also serves as director for the youth summer program run by and coordinated through the State Police, Camp Cadet.
Mary Quinn is the President and CEO of the YWCA Greater Harrisburg with direct oversight of all fiscal, operational and programmatic aspects of the organization. The YWCA Greater Harrisburg serves over 35k individuals each year, and houses 110 women and children at their main campus. The YWCA operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week and has an operational budget of over 7 million.
Ms. Quinn received her Masters of Public Administration degree and completed a Masters level certificate program in leadership and human resource management from the Pennsylvania State University. Previously, Ms. Quinn worked for The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), as a registered lobbyist and a part of their policy team for 13 years. Mary’s desire to want to be a part of having a meaningful impact on the community in which she lives brought her to the YWCA. She has been with the YWCA since 2013.
Mary serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU)
Angela Reynolds, Ph.D, a native of New Haven CT is committed to racial justice and gender equity. For 12 years, she was an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh where she taught statistics and performed research on housing policy, specifically affordable housing and fair housing. In 2012, she changed careers and joined the United Way of Southwestern PA where she most recently served as the Senior Director of United for Families and 2-1-1. Under her leadership, 2-1-1 expanded to cover 30 counties in PA and provided coverage for Southern Kentucky. She served on the state PA 2-1-1 board and 2-1-1 national steering committee. February 24, 2020, Dr. Reynolds transitioned to YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh where she serves as Chief Executive Officer. YWCA aims to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace and justice in our region.
She is a mother of four (3 adult children and a 5th grader). She resides in the Windgap neighborhood of Pittsburgh with her husband, youngest child, and her mother.
She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University; M.S. in Statistics also from CMU; and a B.A. in Mathematics (Sociology minor) from Bryn Mawr College.
Stacey joined YWCA Tri-County Area (YW3CA) in 2014 as CEO. Since joining the YW3CA, Stacey has led YW’s expansion by increasing the number of adult education students and enrollment in early education and youth empowerment programs. YW3CA is building a reputation as a thought-leader in and advocate for Equity in Education offering Implicit Bias trainings and partnering with other organizations in the fight for the elimination of racism and the empowerment of marginalized women, girls and families.
Ms. Woodland is a 2020 Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) Fellow, a 2017 graduate of Harvard University’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management and currently serves on YWCA USA’s CEO Advisory Council. She is a former Commissioner on the Montgomery County Commission on Women and Girls and has served as a national delegate for Vision 2020.
She lives with her husband in Audubon, Pa and is the mother of two married adult children (one daughter and one son) and grandmother of two boys and two girls.