Evanston/North Shore

Community Engagement Programs

Community engagement programs are free and open to the public. These forums located throughout the community offer individuals the opportunity to come together and discuss current issues of racial justice and learn from one another as we deepen our ability to effectively talk about racism. Click the calendar link to see all dates.

Let’s Talk @ Lunch

As we learn to talk THROUGH the issue of racism (instead of around it), we need to share a common language, and deepen our understanding by looking at events and institutions through a racial equity lens. One opportunity for such practice is our “Let’s Talk @ Lunch” program. Participants gather and YWCA provides a trained facilitator. All are welcome!

YoFresh Yogurt Café, 635 Chicago Ave., Evanston
First Tuesday of every month, 1:00-2:00
July 3rd
August date cancelled
September 4
October 2 

Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central St., Evanston
2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:30-2:30 pm
July 11th
August 8th 
September 12
October 10

Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St. (Book Discussion Room)
3rd Tuesday of the month, Noon-1:00 pm
July 17th
August 21st
September 18
October 16

ticles we've discussed that you might find useful:

"Reel Talk" Films

Watch, think, react, share, listen, learn! "Reel" Talk films provide another forum to challenge your thinking and deepen your understanding about issues of race and racism. Our bi-monthly "Reel" Talks feature a movie or video followed by facilitated discussion. Please join us!

Have your own movie night:

Here are a few videos you could view on your own or with your family, friends, or co-workers to challenge your thinking and jump start conversation:


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