YWCA Northwest Louisiana

Dialogue on Race

From time to time the YWCA in Northwest Louisiana will be offering the Dialogue on Race Louisiana Original Series. Each Original Series session, except for the first one, is a structured, two-hour weekly dialogue limited to 10 to 15 participants. The first session lasts two and 30 minutes. The 6 sessions are held at the same time, once a week, for 6 weeks and are led by two trained facilitators.

Participants prepare for the weekly dialogue by reading short articles before each session. The facilitators set a safe environment for open and honest dialogue around three topic questions with one 10-minute break at the middle of the session. Refreshments are provided. All sessions will begin and end on time.

Understanding what racism is and how it operates through and is perpetuated by institutions in the United States is the core of the Original Series education process. As long as racism exists, our institutions will tend to operate to the advantage of one race and to the disadvantage of others.

Session I distinguishes dialogue from debate; provides definitions of key terms, including institutional racism and white privilege; explains the different roles of participants and facilitators; and sets some ground rules. After these basics are covered, the first week’s dialogue is based on the Jim Wallis article, “Race: America’s Original Sin,” which sketches the history of racism in the colonies and the United States.

Session II’s dialogue is about white privilege, the corollary of disadvantages to people of color, which is invisible to many whites.

Session III’s dialogue is about institutional racism as opposed to individual racial prejudice.

Session IV’s dialogue is focused on an honest look at the movement to end racism, which began in the middle of the last century, the positive changes it did make and what remains to be done to ensure human rights to all residents and citizens of the United States, regardless of race.

Session V’s dialogue is concerned with affirmative action, the constitutional but controversial requirement designed to roll back racial discrimination and level the playing field among races. What were its benefits and drawbacks?

Session VI’s dialogue is focused on how participants can practice what they have learned in the earlier dialogues that will help them play a part in the elimination of racism.

If interested in participating in Dialogue on Race Louisiana’s Original Series, please complete the Dialogue on Race Interest Form here.

Completing the interest form does not register you for an Original Series. But it will put you on a list of persons who will be notified of the dates and times of each Original Series when it is scheduled and of other racial justice programs offered by the YWCA.

Once an Original Series is announced, you will be provided the opportunity to register for it. At that time you will be asked to pay a $25 registration fee or you can request that the fee be waived. The fee covers cost of the Original Series materials, including a book containing the articles you will read. Each session of the Original Series is important, and you will be expected, when you register, to attend at least 5 of the 6 sessions, the number required to receive a certificate of completion.

Greetings YWCA NWLA Community,

The YWCA of Northwest Louisiana is taking the health and well-being of our participants, staff, volunteers, and community very seriously with the arrival of the COVID-19 virus. In adherence to Governor John Bel Edwards, Stay-At-Home Order effective March 23, at 5:00 PM, all offices of the YWCA of Northwest Louisiana will be closed through April 12th, at which time we will reevaluate the options for reopening for our community.  All YWCA events planned for March have been canceled.


Please understand that our staff is continuing to work from home to meet the needs of our community to the best of our ability.  We are implementing webinars and a telehealth program to ensure existing clients continue to be served.  We will do our best to respond to your questions in a timely manner.


We recognize that there is no easy solution, please know that we are working to make the best decisions with the information we have available to us for our participants, community, staff and for our YWCA. Through discussions with our Board of Directors and leadership staff, we are doing everything possible to help “flatten the curve.”


Here are some tips what we all can do:

·         Follow the Stay-At-Home Order
·         Clean Your Hands Often (for at least 20 secs)
·         Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
·         Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue (throw tissue away)
·         Practice Social Distancing (at least 6 ft. apart)


In the meantime, here are some local, state, and national resources to stay well-informed on the developments of the COVID-19 virus:

·         Call 211:  Anyone looking for information about the COVID-19 outbreak can simply dial 211 or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available.


LOCAL
·         City of Shreveport: www.shreveportla.gov
·         City of Bossier City: www.bossiercity.org


STATE
·         Louisiana Department of Health: http://www.ldh.la.gov/
·         Louisiana Office of the Governor: https://gov.louisiana.gov/
·         Applying for unemployment: http://www.louisianaworks.net/hire , 1-866-783-5567
·         COVID-19 Phone Line: 1-866-310-7977 (trained counselors for stress & anxiety)

NATIONAL
·         Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/

We are grateful for your patience and understanding as we maneuver through these challenging times. Please take care of yourself and your family, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

As always, thank you for your commitment to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


Be encouraged as we will get through this together,

Belinda Roberson, Ph.D., M.B.A.

YWCA NWLA Executive Director

Greetings YWCA NWLA Community,

The YWCA of Northwest Louisiana is taking the health and well-being of our participants, staff, volunteers, and community very seriously with the arrival of the COVID-19 virus. In adherence to Governor John Bel Edwards, Stay-At-Home Order effective March 23, at 5:00 PM, all offices of the YWCA of Northwest Louisiana will be closed through April 12th, at which time we will reevaluate the options for reopening for our community.  All YWCA events planned for March have been canceled.


Please understand that our staff is continuing to work from home to meet the needs of our community to the best of our ability.  We are implementing webinars and a telehealth program to ensure existing clients continue to be served.  We will do our best to respond to your questions in a timely manner.


We recognize that there is no easy solution, please know that we are working to make the best decisions with the information we have available to us for our participants, community, staff and for our YWCA. Through discussions with our Board of Directors and leadership staff, we are doing everything possible to help “flatten the curve.”


Here are some tips what we all can do:

·         Follow the Stay-At-Home Order
·         Clean Your Hands Often (for at least 20 secs)
·         Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
·         Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue (throw tissue away)
·         Practice Social Distancing (at least 6 ft. apart)


In the meantime, here are some local, state, and national resources to stay well-informed on the developments of the COVID-19 virus:

·         Call 211:  Anyone looking for information about the COVID-19 outbreak can simply dial 211 or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available.


LOCAL
·         City of Shreveport: www.shreveportla.gov
·         City of Bossier City: www.bossiercity.org


STATE
·         Louisiana Department of Health: http://www.ldh.la.gov/
·         Louisiana Office of the Governor: https://gov.louisiana.gov/
·         Applying for unemployment: http://www.louisianaworks.net/hire , 1-866-783-5567
·         COVID-19 Phone Line: 1-866-310-7977 (trained counselors for stress & anxiety)

NATIONAL
·         Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/

We are grateful for your patience and understanding as we maneuver through these challenging times. Please take care of yourself and your family, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

As always, thank you for your commitment to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


Be encouraged as we will get through this together,

Belinda Roberson, Ph.D., M.B.A.

YWCA NWLA Executive Director

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Celebration of Women’s

March is the month of International Women’s day – so what better time to celebrate women’s empowerment in our community. Please join us to discuss everything leadership to crafts to technology; as we explore the challenges and successes of women in the 21st century. See our calendar of events for things to do throughout the month.

2020 Board of Directors

Hillary George, President

Arielle Clark, Vice President

Erin Peterson, Secretary

Marsha Millican, Treasurer

Elizabeth Mendell Carmody

Katherine Stringer Davis

Penny Durham

Angelique Feaster Evans

Tara Hammack

Anne Selber Jenkins

Judy Madison

Cheryl McGee

Laurie McGehee

Kate Pedrotty

Nell Shehee

Erica Thomas

Valerie Thomas-White

Melva Williams, PhD

Belinda Roberson, Ph.D., M.B.A.,   Executive Director

Get ready for our Women Who Care, Share luncheon

YWCA NWLA is pleased to announce Pamela Brown will be the keynote speaker for its fifth annual Women Who Care, Share luncheon.

The luncheon is slated for Thursday, August 22, 2019.

As a special agent with DEA, Pamela’s work included undercover assignments, organizing and implementing high-level drug operations, and cultivating informants. Having worked the streets of Miami during the cocaine hey-day, Brown is sought out by actors and authors researching roles and subject matter. She has consulted with Gabriel Union, Dana Delaney, and Patricia Cornwell to name a few.