YWCA Speaks Out Through Events

Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis - Stand Against Racism 2021 Forum

On Thursday, April 22 at 5:30pm, YWCA Central Carolinas will be live streaming our Stand Against Racism 2021 forum, ‘Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis’ on our YouTube channel.

Public health is, and always has been, central to racial justice work. Structural racism plays a large role in determining the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age. These factors affect people’s access to quality housing, education, food, transportation, political power, and other social determinants of health. Understanding and addressing systemic racism from this public health perspective is crucial to eliminating racial and ethnic inequities, and to improving opportunity and well-being across communities.

Join YWCA Central Carolinas as we explore the weathering effect that racism has on public health, especially for children and youth, with local public health and mental health experts. Panelists will be: Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, SVP & chief community health & wellness officer at Novant Health, Dr. Raynard Washington, deputy public health director for Mecklenburg County, and Calvin Fox, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist at Perry Counseling.

Register for YWCA’s Stand Against Racism 2021 Forum

Thank you to our event sponsors

Next Book Club

On Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 6pm to 7:30pm, YWCA’s book club will be discussing Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be An Anti-Racist
In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law and science – including the story of his own awakening to antiracism – bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping the reader rethink their most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and their most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How To Be An Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.
This book club discussion will take place virtually. We will send out the Zoom information two days prior to May 20.
Register to join YWCA’s book club discussion here:
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Philanthropy Contact

To learn how you can be involved in our events, how to sponsor an event or any other questions, please contact our Chief Philanthropy Officer, Sarah Lanners Avinger, at 980.585.0498 or

YWCA's We Believe Event

YWCA’s annual We Believe event is our single biggest fundraiser each year, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support all of YWCA’s programs, including transitional housing programs for women and children facing homelessness, out-of-school literacy programs for children in low-income households, and racial justice programs that educate and mobilize our community. 

In 2021, we offered an all-virtual live event, open to the general public. Watch our entire We Believe 2021 program below.

Want to see the keynote speeches and videos from our past annual We Believe events? Check out YWCA’s Youtube playlist!

To learn more about YWCA’s We Believe fundraiser, visit our We Believe event page

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