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.

Stand Against Racism

We believe that racism anywhere is an injustice. We know that structural racism is real and must be dismantled. We are committed to raising awareness about the impact of racism on the wellbeing of Alaskans. We stand against racism every day by creating courageous safe spaces for members of our community to engage in difficult dialogues around race. We partner to build community with those who work for social justice.

YWCA USA’s 15th Annual Stand Against Racism Campaign is taking place across the nation from April 22-26, 2021. This year’s theme is “From Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis". The goal is to advance the work of justice in communities to empower people of color.

Together, we can root out injustice, transform institutions, and create a world that values women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

Join Us in a Collective Stand Against Racism!

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