2022 Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate

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The Harm of Inaction: We Can’t Wait - Breakfast and Conversation with Sherialyn Byrdsong featuring Sarita Smith and Josefina Alverez, PhD

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The Harm of Inaction: We Can’t Wait

A Conversation with Sherialyn Byrdsong featuring Sarita Smith and Josefina Alverez, PhD

Moderated by Tiffany McDowell, PhD, Director, Equity Institute – YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Thursday, June 16

8:30 am: Coffee and light breakfast at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Conversation + Q&A

In advance of the 2022 Ricky Byrdsong Race Against Hate, YWCA Evanston/North Shore will host a conversation, “The Harm of Inaction: We Can’t Wait,” with Sherialyn Byrdsong, widow of Ricky Byrdsong and founder of the Race Against Hate. The conversation, focused on actionable steps to build racial equity and violence prevention, will also feature panelists Sarita Smith (Manager of Student Assignments at Evanston/Skokie School District 65) and Josefina Alvarez, PhD (Professor Emerita at Adler University), and will be moderated by Tiffany McDowell, PhD, Director of YWCA’s Equity Institute.

In this time of recent hate crimes and extremist violence in this country, join us for this imperative conversation centered around addressing how we work for equity and justice in our own communities, and identifying immediate actions with the deepest impact to build safer, more equitable, anti-racist environments.

This is a free, hybrid event where attendees can register to attend either in-person at the newly renovated YWCA campus (limited capacity with COVID-related safety measures in place) or virtually via a live Zoom broadcast. Coffee, refreshments, and a light breakfast will be served to in-person attendees. Registration is required along with proof of vaccination and masking policies in place for in-person attendees.

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About YWCA Evanston/North Shore

YWCA Evanston/North Shore, established in 1931, is a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice and strengthen local communities. It serves more than 8,000 people annually in northern Cook County through its Domestic Violence, Equity Institute, Economic Advancement, and Flying Fish Aquatics programs. Learn more at www.ywca-ens.org.