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 Racism, Trauma, and What’s Next 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.
|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 27, 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 24, 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 centered around privilege, racism, and social justice.
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 #1: Racism, 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 and racism, 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.
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, eliminating racism, 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 #2: Panelists
Growing up in North Philadelphia, Tiaisha (Ti) Dandy was acutely aware of the social and economic conditions that threatened the vitality of her neighborhood. Wanting to make a difference in her community, Ti sought higher education as a means to do so. After graduating from Roxborough High School she enrolled at Albright College (Reading, PA) where she received her B.A. in Psychology and Communications and quickly set her sights on the nonprofit sector. She assumed various leadership positions and gained experiences working collaboratively with politicians, lawyers, and school administrators to address a number of community-wide concerns. With a focus on social policy she then went on to attend Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research where she received two Master Degrees; a Masters in Social Service (MSS) and a Masters in Law and Social Policy (MLSP). Presently, Ti works as a Program Analyst for the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services. She also works as an adjunct professor at Harcum College in the Human Service Department.
Driven by a desire to transform the lives of Philadelphia’s most promising yet overlooked population, Ti sought ways in which she could connect with and inspire the city’s youth and ultimately their future by modeling high expectations for herself. It started with a mission to reach young children. Throughout most of her life, she has worked within programming specific to youth development. She also self-published and co-authored a book, “Cree Wins the Day!” Drawing from principles learned from her sociology and psychology backgrounds, the book is a useful tool in starting important discussions to help all children positively embrace their differences.
Ti believes that we must do more than tell our youth that they can do whatever they set their minds to. It is imperative to show them actionable steps to take in order to reach their goals. They must be shown that their dreams are attainable and that someone believes in them. But first, they must understand that in order to have a place in the world, you must never aspire to be anything other than the best version of yourself. “…because in North Philadelphia, a dream deferred doesn’t “dry up like a raisin in the sun.” It explodes.
Beth was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. She attended the University of Dayton and obtained her B.A. in Psychology in 2009. She then went on to receive her Masters degree in Social Services and Masters degree Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College of Social Work and Social Research in 2011. During her graduate studies, Beth was a policy student and interned at the Women’s Law Project and the Support Center for Child Advocates. Additionally she received a specialization certificate in Child and Family Well Being. It was during this time when she realized her passion of working with children and families.
Beth became a licensed Social Worker in 2011 and began her social work career as a Child Advocate Social Worker at the Support Center for Child Advocates from 2011-2015. In her role as a Child Advocate Social Worker, she worked with Pro bono Attorneys in Philadelphia to represent abused and neglected children in the child welfare system. In an effort to further advocate for this population, Beth decided to go to law school.
In 2018, Beth Graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law with her Doctorate of Jurisprudence. During her time in law school, she served in leadership roles on the boards of several organizations such as the President of the Human Rights Advocacy and Awareness Group, Executive President of the Student Bar Association, Student Representative of the American Bar Association, Secretary of the Women’s Caucus, and President of the Volunteer Student Law Project. She also served in leadership roles as a Dean’s Fellow, a Teaching Assistant for the first and second sections of Legal Writing Courses, and the Assistant for the Leadership Honors Program.
As a law student, Beth interned Blank Rome, LLP in Philadelphia as a Pro Bono Intern working on projects with the Homeless Advocacy Project, Pennsylvania Innocence Project, the Clemency Project, and the Senior Law Project. During her second year, she had the opportunity to intern as a Governor Edward Coles Fellow in Chicago, IL at the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Further, Beth had the opportunity to visit and conduct research at the border, working with a nonprofit organization in in El Paso, TX, researching the human rights violations and due process violations by the immigration courts against the migrants in NM and TX. In her third year of law school, Beth served as an intern for Magistrate Judge Michael Newman in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and worked as a legal intern at a small civil litigation firm in Dayton. She travelled to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018 to meet with Argentinian law students and lawyers and learn more about international human rights.
Beth maintains her LSW, and has been a practicing member of the PA Bar since 2019, and is currently a Child Advocate Attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia in their Child Advocacy Unit. As a Child Advocate Attorney, Beth represents a caseload of around 135 children who have suffered from abuse and/or neglect and are involved in the child welfare system in Philadelphia. Her clients are anywhere from birth-21 years of age. In her practice, Beth seeks to use her social work and legal background to work in a multidisciplinary approach to ensure her clients receive the appropriate services to meet their physical, mental, emotional, educational, and social needs.
Karen McDougal is a self-employed Certified Public Accountant and a college professor. Karen has operated her own CPA firm for the past 25 providing accounting, tax and consulting services to individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. Karen has also been a college professor for the past 18 years. She has taught accounting and finance courses at Immaculata University, Temple University, St. Joseph’s University and Pennsylvania State University – Brandywine campus. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Sciences, in Philadelphia, and serves as the Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business program. Prior to teaching, Karen worked in auditing and financial reporting for companies including Laventhol & Horwath CPA’s, JP Morgan, the Devereux Foundation and Providian Insurance Company. Karen has a wealth of experience in accounting, finance, and general business management areas.
I have had the pleasure and opportunity to work with families in Delaware County for almost two decades. Starting out at Children and Youth Services at the younger and eager age of 20 years old, I received a quick dose of reality in understanding the complex needs families face and also barriers to adequate care of children some due to intentional disregard but mostly due to lack of information and resources. Working in Child Welfare was heartbreaking and rewarding at the same time. I learned essential tips in reducing the risk of children being harmed. I have taken those skills learned with me throughout my career and applied them now with working with adolescents and families as a middle school Social Worker. I also began counseling individuals and families in 2012 and gained my clinical license in 2015 to increase my ability to provide therapeutic services to families. I have earned my Bachelors in Social Work from Temple University, Master in Social Work from Widener University and Master of Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College.
West Philadelphia native educated through St. Carthage (1983), Saint Joseph’s Prep (1987) and Temple University (1992). Believes that the combination of critical conversations and realistic action plans can lead to personal upliftment and community change. My professional foci are creating, ensuring and sustaining safe places for young people to flourish and ultimately replace me.
- Trauma Specialist, Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine’s Center for Urban Bioethics
- Certified Trauma Practitioner & Instructor, Institute for Family Professionals
- Board Member, National Sigma Beta Club Foundation
- Advisor, Darryl L. Coates’ Sigma Beta Clubs of Philadelphia
- Volunteer, Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union
- Member, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated
- Founding Partner, Maduro Cigar Club
- Past participations:
- Chief of Staff, Eastern Region, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated
- Special Assistant to the International Sigma Beta Director, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated
- Commissioner, Mayor’s Commission on African American Males
- Advisory Committee, Graduation Coach Campaign (Philly Goes 2 College)
- Steering Committee, Philly Roots Fellowship Program
- Steering Committee, Black CAPS Philly
- Eastern Regional Coordinator, Sigma Beta Club (Phi Beta Sigma)
- Member, Philadelphia Coalition for Drug and Violence Free Commumities (CADCA)
- Member, Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable
- Member, Greater Philadelphia Mentoring Partnership (UWGPSNJ)
- Finalist, BMe Philly (2012)
- Client Listing: (past and current)
- Arcadia University
- Eastern University
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Center for Male Engagement (Community College of Philadelphia)
- University of the Sciences of Philadelphia
- University of Pennsylvania
- Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
- Urban Affairs Coalition
- Congresso de Latinos Unidos
- Nu Sigma Youth Services
- Camden School District
- Department of Human Services
- Federation of Neigborhood Centers
- Philadelpha Anti-Drug/Anti-Viloence Partnership
- United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ
- Certifications (partial listing)
- Informed Trauma Practitioner
- Advacing Youth Development
- Outcome Measurements
- Project involvement
- Keep Kids Safe Summer Camp (NSYS)
- Sigma Beta Clubs of the Eastern Region (PBS)
- Project U-Turn
- Student Success Center @ FitzSimons (PYN)
Ohenewaa D. White-Ra (she/her/hers) is a full-time faculty member and BSW Program Director in the Department of Allied Health and Human Services at Alvernia University. She is intentional about dismantling oppressive systems and creating health equity in spaces that provide services to children/ youth, and elders. Ohenewaa focuses on intergenerational learning and positive youth development principles that foster community cohesion and improved quality of life. Ms. White-Ra demonstrates servant leadership through mentoring and joining with communities to design strategies that promote empowerment, self-efficacy, and enhance life skills. With over 25 years of experience as a Social Work professional, macro planner, educator, and leader in the non-profit and higher education sectors, Ms. White-Ra has successfully managed several programs serving as executive director, project administrator, curriculum developer, and program evaluator. With strategic creativity and innovation, Ms. White-Ra has established a reputation as a forerunner in the field of adolescent prevention and youth development. She leverages her skill set as a consultant/trainer for a host of organizations and businesses. In her current role, she works closely with adult learners to develop their macro planning and public speaking skills.
Ms. White-Ra is determined to impact intergenerational communities across the nation and serves on the board of youth-serving organizations and organizations that embrace intergenerational programming, and collaborates with community outreach initiatives in the capacity of community youth mentor.
As a member of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Council on Social Work Education, American Public Health Association and other professional organizations, she continues to build/enhance her knowledge base and competency around training and development of human service, public health, and management professionals working with intergenerational programs and communities.
Ohenewaa earned her bachelor of social work and master of social work from Temple University and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Health, with a community health focus, at Walden University.
She is available for speaking engagements, seminar design, and facilitation, and consulting services.