Social Justice

YWCA Connect is designed to support the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women; to promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.  Education is transformative.  Communication is key.

Diversity Workshops

Diversity workshops will be starting again this Fall of 2021, between the months of September through November. There are a total of three diversity workshops, Implicit Bias, Microaggression, and Anti-Racism & Whiteness. All workshops will be Virtual (Zoom) at 3:00-5:00 pm.


Implicit Bias Workshop: Exploring Implicit Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgements

Anti-Racism & Whiteness Workshop: Develop foundation for anti-racism work and begin to learn methods to actively practice anti-racism

Microaggression Workshop: Exploring the impact of everyday slights and insults: Microaggressions in the workplace and classroom


Workshop Facilitator:

Dr. Glenn is a collaborative leader with more than 25 years of higher education experience. She has been focused on leading diversity and inclusion initiatives for the last 20 years. 

Idella Glenn

Implicit Bias Workshop

Implicit Bias Workshop Dates

September 16, 2021 - Register Here

October 28, 2021 - Register Here

Anti-Racism & Whiteness Workshop

Anti-racism & Whiteness Workshop

October 12, 2021 - Register Here

November 23, 2021 - Register Here

Microaggression Workshop

Microaggression Workshop

September 28, 2021 - Register Here

November 9, 2021 - Register Here

Community Conversation

Community Conversation workshops will be introduced this Fall of 2021. Each month will bring a new topic of conversation. All workshops will be Virtual (Zoom) at 12:00 - 1:30 pm.


Community conversation “We Are Of: A Conversation on Race, Land and Culture”

This virtual community conversation, developed and sponsored by the Alaska Humanities Forum, brings Alaskans together to answer the guiding question, “how do our race and culture shape our relationship to the land? How does that shape the decisions we make about it?” The topic of land and the environment has become increasingly visible and contentious as climate change, urban development, and the growing needs of communities across the country create massive changes. In the face of these changes, feelings of belonging, connection, and responsibility are often evoked: this conversation hopes to reflect on these feelings. Beyond sharing perspectives and opinions, this conversation also hopes to have participants identify the ways their race and culture have shaped the way they view their environment and what similarities and differences they may have to other Alaskans. This conversation is an opportunity for all of us to critically engage with our views on a topic so deeply intertwined with the Alaskan experience.

Community Conversation 

When: October 27, 2021

Time: 12:00-1:30 pm

Register Here


Questions About Event?

Contact our Social Justice Coordinator, Ian Murakami  at

Program Offerings

Training Workshops

Explore one’s own record; gain an understanding of racism and its impact on society; develop skills to address racial comments, jokes, and slurs; connect in our shared humanity.

  • Implicit Bias Training
  • Social Inclusion and Equity Training
  • Decolonization Training
  • Land Acknowledgement

Affinity Group Meetings

Meet with members of one’s own group to discuss ways the group can collaborate and work to dismantle systemic racism.

Story Circles

Opportunities to share one’s own story and listen to the stories of others; learn from the lived experiences of a diverse community.

Book & Film Discussions

Grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding; read books/review films/documentaries; engage in conversations on race; explore our thoughts, feelings, & ideas.


Led by the YWCA Alaska Advocacy Committee to raise awareness of issues racism and injustice; to stand up for social justice; to advocate for policies that provide peace, justice, freedom, and dignity all people.

Econ Equity

To support fair wages and equal pay; partnering with companies and organizations committed to gender equity in the workplace.


To continue collaborations that support racial justice and gender equity.


Our Facilitators

Melissa Shaginoff

Melissa Shaginoff

Idella Glenn

Idella Glenn

YWCA Alaska believes:

That social justice is foundational for a healthy community. All people deserve to be valued, included, and respected in our community. We moreover believe that change happens at the local level.

We encourage you to be an active, informed, and engaged community member.


Thank You to Our Sponsors