September 13, 2016
United Way employees are privileged to have the opportunity to take the very popular Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action course each year with our neighbors at YWCA Southeast Wisconsin. This course teaches people of all races, backgrounds, ages, and professions about how racism affects our community and the tools we can use to both unlearn our own racism and stand against racism in institutions around us.
This week we speak with Paula Penebaker, President and CEO and Martha Barry, Racial Justice Director at YWCA Southeast Wisconsin. Paula and Martha developed this course as part of the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism. We talk about the reasons for creating this course, the topics it addresses, the ideal course participant, and the small things we can all do to start unlearning our own racism. We also talk about Paula and Martha’s journeys to this work and why Paula thought that Martha, a white woman who had just finished her PhD, was the best candidate for the job of Racial Justice Director.
Want to get involved? Check out YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s website, join the YWCA’s monthly 2038 email list, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.