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The YWCA Charleston’s Racial Equity & Inclusion program believes that racial equity and inclusion is the foundation required to create the conditions for our communities to thrive by facilitating healthier race relations in Kanawha, Boone and Clay counties.  The YWCA Charleston also works with a broad spectrum of community partners and social justice organizations.  We provide programming that creates safe spaces where truth telling, uncomfortable conversations and healing can happen. 

We support racial equity and inclusion initiatives that provide opportunities that enrich our communities to move forward in our mission to eliminate racism.  

Questions? Want to get involved? 

Contact Shanté Ellis, Program Director

(304)-340-3594  |

Be a part of the conversation and take action!

Anti-Racism Facilitated


Understanding bias is the first step to managing it. Our sessions explore the deep rooted history of bias, provides actionable ways to become an ally, bring forth an understanding of privilege, and encourage learners to use what they’ve learned to reduce the negative effects of bias.


Mirrors & Windows

Conversations with elementary-aged students that give insight into ethnic diversity and foster a sense of cultural appreciation


Reel Talk

Film series with facilitated discussion highlighting impacts of racism and nuances of racism and providing context


Race to End Racism

Annual run/walk held on the West Side of Charleston that serves as a consciousness-raiser and fundraiser for racial justice work


One Book One Community
Book club with facilitated discussion around topics relevant to racism


Cultural Celebrations
Pop-up programming and communications to engage the community in learning about and celebrating different races, ethnicities and religions (i.e. Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, etc.)


Conversation Cafe
Facilitated discussions in community venues to create a safe space for dialogue on race and racial justice issues


Learn about Charleston's Historic Triangle District

From 1925-1975, the Triangle District was a vibrant community in Charleston made up of African Americans and immigrants. In the early 1970’s, this community was demolished in the name of urban renewal. With the recent honorary renaming of Court Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, there was a spark of conversation surrounding the importance of this area that was once a part of the Triangle District. On February 25, 2020, YWCA Charleston hosted a special panel to hear the stories of the people who lived and worked in this historical community. 

Learn more about our Race To End Racism

Learn more about the honorary renaming of Martin Luther King Jr. Way

This program has been made possible in part by a grant from The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.

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