ywca Minneapolis

Workshops

YWCA Minneapolis' Racial Justice Department has scholarships available based on need for all workshops and dialogues. Please contact us for more information.

Upcoming Workshops


How to talk to kids about race

How to Talk with Kids About Race

  • Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017 
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: YWCA Downtown - 1130 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (in the Board Room)
  • Cost: $50 ($25 for YWCA Members)
  • RSVP by Saturday, February 18, 2017

Whether it’s your own kids, your classroom or simply a group of kids you care about, it can be tough to know what to say to them about race and when to have those conversations.

  • How do we teach kids about history without saddling them with pain, shame or guilt?
  • How do we talk with them about the present and the future without creating a sense of hopelessness?
  • How do we create young people who will grow into adults ready to take action and advocate for racial justice?

Join us to discuss these questions and more!

This is  skills and practice level workshop.

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Advocacy 101 Workshop

Advocacy 101: How to Make a Difference

  • Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Location: YWCA Downtown - 1130 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (in the Board Room)
  • Cost: $10 ($5 for YWCA Members)
  • RSVP by Tuesday, February 21, 2017

What is advocacy? Why advocate for change? How can I influence change? In this introductory workshop, we’ll answer the above questions, learn about the legislative process and how to get involved, and then take time to focus inward, reflecting on our personal stories that guide our advocacy work.

This is an awareness level workshop.

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Race and Age Workshop

Race and Age

  • Date: Monday, March 13, 2017 
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Location: YWCA Downtown - 1130 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (in the Board Room)
  • Cost: $10 ($5 for YWCA Members)
  • RSVP by Monday, March 6, 2017

Often times when we talk about race and age we tend to focus on them one at a time as if they were separate from each other. However, our day-to-day lives are much more complex than that, and it's easy to see how ridiculous this notion is.

Our lived experience cannot be summed up in a single social category. How does the intersectionality of race and age inform and impact us as individuals? How does social context influence our perceptions of age and race? Join us to discuss these questions and more!

This is an awareness level workshop.

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Building Community

Building Power: Community Organizing and How to Engage Others

  • Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017 
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Location: YWCA Midtown - 2121 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Room 155)
  • Cost: $10 ($5 for YWCA Members)
  • RSVP by Thursday, March 30, 2017

Do you want to engage others around an issue you care about? Community organizing means building relationships with others around shared values and concerns. In this workshop we will learn the basics of community organizing and how to build power in partnership with others.

This is a skills and practice level workshop.

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Confronting Racism in Minnesota

Confronting Racism: Minnesota Style

  • Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Location: YWCA Minneapolis - Downtown - 1130 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Cost: $50 ($25 for YWCA Members)
  • RSVP by Tuesday, April 18, 2017

We’ve all been there:

  • You hear or see something that your gut tells you is racist, and no matter how badly you want to respond, you don't know how.
  • You are committed to eliminating racism, but would like more skills to help you respond to people in different settings.

If this sounds familiar, we invite you to take part in our Confronting Racism workshop.

This workshop is designed for those who have an understanding of white privilege and racism, and want to acquire skills in dealing with racism as it occurs in their personal lives. The workshop will develop the participants’ active listening skills, as well as help them practice skills to respond to overt racism (i.e. racist remarks), and covert racism (privilege, microagressions, etc.) within the dominant communication styles of the Midwest. The skills learned in this workshop can be easily applied and taught to others to create more inclusive environments in our lives, and to continue the work of eliminating racism. 

This is a skills and practice level workshop.

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Race and Economics workshop

Race and Socioeconomics

  • Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Location: YWCA Minneapolis - Downtown - 1130 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Cost: $10 ($5 for YWCA Members)
  • RSVP by Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What role does race play in socioeconomics in Minnesota? Why do racial differences continue to result in socioeconomic disparities?

Join us as we discuss why racial differences in poverty persist and what we can do to address these disparities.

This is an awareness level workshop.

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Legislative Session Workshop

Legislative Session is Over…Now What?

  • Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Location: YWCA Downtown - 1130 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (in the Board Room)
  • Cost: $10 ($5 for YWCA Members)
  • RSVP by Thursday, June 8, 2017

The legislative session is over…now what? In this workshop we'll review what happened this legislative session and dive into how to stay engaged in advocacy and connect with policymakers in the interim.

This is an awareness level workshop.

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Intent vs Impact workshop

Intent vs. Impact: Unconscious Bias

  • Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017 
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Location: YWCA Downtown - 1130 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (in the Board Room)
  • Cost: $10 ($5 for YWCA Members)
  • RSVP by Thursday, June 15, 2017

Before we can deal with our own individual biases, we must recognize where they originate. Our biases are dependent on how we are socialized, it is pervasive and is woven into the fabric of society. As it is difficult to look at a rug and follow any one thread that makes it a whole, it is difficult to look at socialization and simply separate out when our biases were formed.

Instead, it is important for us aspiring to make change to recognize our biases and what we have been taught, while also respecting those with differing opinions. As individuals, it is very important to understand what we believe, where these beliefs came from, and that we are aware of how our experiences have shaped them.

This is an awareness level workshop.

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Confronting racism online

Confronting Racism: Social Media

  • Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Location: YWCA Downtown - 1130 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (in the Board Room)
  • Cost: $50 ($25 for YWCA Members)
  • RSVP by Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Chris Rock tweeted, "Just found a new app that tells you which one of your friends are racist. It's called Facebook."

  • Have you ever found yourself in a heated conversation on social media about race or racism?
  • Did the conversation turn out well?
  • Or did it end with "unfriending" or "blocking" someone from your social media outlet?

Come join us for a conversation and develop skills of active listening, as well as practice skills to respond via social media.

This is a skills and practice level workshop.

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race and gender workshop

Race and Gender

  • Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Location: YWCA Downtown - 1130 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (in the Board Room)
  • Cost: $10 ($5 for YWCA Members)
  • RSVP by Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Often times when we talk about race and gender we tend to focus on them one at a time as if they were separate from each other. However, our day-to-day lives are much more complex than that, and it's easy to see how ridiculous this notion is. Our lived experience cannot be summed up in a single social category.

  • How does the intersectionality of race and gender inform and impact us as individuals?
  • How does social context influence our perceptions of race and gender?

Join us to discuss these questions and more!

This is an awareness level workshop.

Register Here



Share Your Story for Change

Share Your Story for Change

  • Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017 
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Location: YWCA Downtown - 1130 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (in the Board Room)
  • Cost: $10 ($5 for YWCA Members)
  • RSVP by Thursday, June 8, 2017

Effective advocacy is all about building relationships and storytelling. A personal story can be a powerful tool to dispel stereotypes, demonstrate the importance of an issue, and inspire others to act. Telling a personal story can also encourage others to share their stories, leading to greater recognition of important issues.

This workshop is designed to help you gain skills and confidence to get involved in public policy and advocate for issues you care about.

This is a skills and practice level workshop.

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Racism 101 Workshop

Racism 101

  • Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017 
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Location: YWCA Downtown - 1130 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (in the Board Room)
  • Cost: $10 ($5 for YWCA Members)
  • RSVP by Thursday, September 7, 2017

What is racism, really? Often people think of big, obvious examples, like racial slurs, KKK or Nazis, racial hate crime, or not hiring someone because of the color of their skin. But thinking about what racism IS and IS NOT is much more complicated than that.

Join us for a conversation that explores the four levels of racism and how they stand alone and intersect with each other, and gain knowledge of how racism plays a role in everyday interactions, decisions, policies, procedures and laws within the US.

This is an awareness level workshop.

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Advocacy 101 Workshop

Advocacy 101: How to Make a Difference

  • Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Location: YWCA Downtown - 1130 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (in the Board Room)
  • Cost: $10 ($5 for YWCA Members)
  • RSVP by Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What is advocacy? Why advocate for change? How can I influence change? In this introductory workshop, we’ll answer the above questions, learn about the legislative process and how to get involved, and then take time to focus inward, reflecting on our personal stories that guide our advocacy work.

This is an awareness level workshop.

Register Here



how to talk to kids about race workshop

How to Talk with Kids About Race

  • Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017 
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: YWCA Downtown - 1130 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (in the Board Room)
  • Cost: $50 ($25 for YWCA Members)
  • RSVP by Saturday, November 11, 2017

Whether it’s your own kids, your classroom or simply a group of kids you care about, it can be tough to know what to say to them about race and when to have those conversations.

  • How do we teach kids about history without saddling them with pain, shame or guilt?
  • How do we talk with them about the present and the future without creating a sense of hopelessness?
  • How do we create young people who will grow into adults ready to take action and advocate for racial justice?

Join us to discuss these questions and more!

This is  skills and practice level workshop.

Register Here