Diversity Dialogues

Housing & Race

Join us at the Allen County Public Library, Main Branch Meeting Rooms A&B on May 18th from 12-1:30pm. Our topic is Housing & Race and we will focus on historic and ongoing challenges in affordable housing for everyone, as well as what innovative solutions are out there to support every family and individual in being able to locate safe, affordable housing.

In February 2023, our topic was Health Care & Race and we looked at disparities in the healthcare system and how we as a community can make improvements to overcome those, as well as how we can promote positive health outcomes for ourselves, our neighbors in our community, and people we serve. Our guest speakers were Antoinette Francher-Donald, Aisha R. Arrington, and Antionette Johnson. Watch the recording here.

In September 2022, our dialogue was “Disparities in Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, & Substance Abuse Incidences.” YWCA staff led a dialogue about the services that are available and how to ensure that services and supports in the community support people from historically disenfranchised racial groups who are more vulnerable to crimes and who may not want to turn to the police or legal systems for support. Watch the recording here.

In May 2022, we talked about the reasons for and impact of the generational wealth gap. We learned how we can impact the wealth gap in areas such as finances, banking, education, employment, job creation etc. Speakers included Pat Ashton, Rachel Blakeman, and Kibwe Cooper. Watch the recaps for each speaker in the links above! Thank you to Indiana Tech for sponsoring this event!

In February 2022, for Black History Month, YWCA Northeast Indiana convened a panel of organizations that have worked towards racial justice and equity locally to discuss what has been done, and what needs to be done, and how people can engage. Join us for a panel discussion, Q&A time, and suggestions for action steps we can all take. Watch the recording here.

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