Evanston, IL, June 9, 2017 - YWCA Evanston/North Shore has been selected as one of the top three nominees for YWCA USA's Association Excellence Award for Racial Justice. Nominations were submitted from YWCA associations across the country, and the entire network of 216 YWCAs voted for the association whose work they deemed most outstanding.
The other finalists are YWCA Asheville and YWCA Rochester (New York).
"It is an honor to be recognized for the work we do to advance racial justice and civil rights," said Karen Singer, president and CEO of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. "This is a reflection not only of our dedicated staff, but also of the many people in northern Cook County who are engaged with us and equally committed to overcoming racism."
According to YWCA USA, YWCA Evanston/North Shore was nominated for success in advancing racial justice by engaging the community in dialogue, developing and implementing racial equity workshops and issue education programs, and creating equitable institutions.
The winner of the National Racial Justice Award will be announced at the YWCA USA Women of Distinction Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. on June 16.
YWCA Evanston/North Shore works to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen local communities. YWCA's racial justice program is funded, in part, by its annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate (www.ywca.org/RAH2017), a 5/10K run, walk, and youth mile set to take place in Evanston on Sunday, June 18. Learn more about YWCA Evanston/North Shore at www.ywca.org/evanston.