Are You an AllY?

“Ally” in recent years refers specifically to a person supporting a marginalized group. For this blog series, we capitalize the “Y” in “AllY” to emphasize the connection between YWCA Northeast Indiana’s dedication to eliminating racism and the allyship focus of the blog.

“If we, as a collection of individuals, are able to self-reflect, adjust, and model inclusivity and engaged citizenship, what a great cultural legacy we can provide for future generations of Hoosiers. Each month we will be given the opportunity to ask ourselves “Am I being an AllY?” My hope is to hear increasingly more in our community “Yes! I AM an AllY!

-Heather Guy (Racial Justice Coordinator, YWCA Northeast Indiana)

YWCA Northeast Indiana is on a mission to be an AllY. We hope that you will join us!

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Facing Discomfort: A Welcomed Necessity in Addressing Racial Injustice

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Dear AllY, My late grandmother, Betty, lived with us for a time. I vividly remember her smoking cigarettes and ironing towels while watching soap operas. Grandma Betty was ambidextrous, but she was born left-handed. She shared stories of getting her left hand slapped by teachers until she was retrained to be ambidextrous. Her left-hand preference … Read More

Gentrification in Fort Wayne

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Gentrification has been defined as “a process in which a poor area (as of a city) experiences an influx of middle-class or wealthy people who renovate and rebuild homes and businesses and which often results in an increase in property values and the displacement of earlier, usually poorer residents.” Today’s patterns of gentrification have deep, … Read More

When You Find Yourself at a Crossroad

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Dear AllY, While we are currently coming out of a fevered interest in addressing sociocultural inequalities, the need to address the attitudes and conditions which persist around the topic of race remain. Ever since I have been both conscience and conscious, some of my experiences have been shaped by the stigmas surrounding race and social … Read More

Meet Heather

Monday, August 7, 2023

Dear AllY, As a Fort Wayne native I am thrilled to have joined the YWCA Northeast Indiana family! I received my B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University. I am a proud Hoosier!!! I have primarily worked as a youth professional in various capacities. I have experience with all stages of development from infancy to returning … Read More