YWCA St. Paul logo

Seeking understanding at YWCA St. Paul

In 2017, many of our staff expressed an interest in learning more about issues related to racial and social justice. As a result of that feedback and as a way of continuing our staff’s education and ability to achieve our mission, YWCA St. Paul has been hosting a series of staff workshops and events exploring racial justice, women’s empowerment and cultural understanding.

Lindy Vincent, Director of Health & Wellness (left), pictured with Rabbi Michael Latz

Since this series started in November 2017, we’ve learned about Juneteenth, the date African Americans celebrate the end of slavery, and about our criminal justice system and the impact of mass incarceration in the African American community. We’ve hosted a number of speakers, including Rabbi Michael Latz of Shir Tikyah Congregation, Imam Makram El-Amin of Masjid An-Nur, and James Burroughs, Chief Inclusion Officer for the State of Minnesota.

Lindy Vincent, Director of Health & Wellness (left), pictured with James Burroughs, Chief Inclusion Officer for the State of Minnesota

These events have led to great discussions on issues of social justice, sometimes from a faith perspective. They’ve also deepened our collective knowledge and understanding of other cultures and religions, and helped us create safe space to talk with each other about issues of race, gender, religion and culture. We’re excited to continue this process of learning and sharing.  

Cover photo above features Imam Makram El-Amin, photographed with Gaye Adams Massey, YW’s CEO.

Read More from YWCA St. Paul

Young African American woman looking up and smiling, with Healing Circles logo to her right

Healing Circles | April 22

Join our Healing Circles, a supportive, facilitated space to affirm Black culture, community and lived experience, and to share dialogue and feelings to promote health and well-being.

Read More »
Black woman with a serious expression, eyes closed and head on forehead

Toxic Stress Levels on the Rise

Toxic stress in this country is taking its toll. When a person’s “fight-flight-freeze” response system is in overdrive, it wreaks havoc on our brain and bodies. As the Derek Chauvin trial continues to dominate the news cycle, here are tips for combatting the toxic stress levels building in our community:

Read More »

Deena Zubulake

As Director of Programs, Deena Zubulake provides overall leadership and direction to YWCA St. Paul Program Departments.

Read More »

YWCA St. Paul uses cookies to give you the best user experience. If you continue to use our services, we will assume that you agree to the use of such cookies.