Young Women Advocating for Change

Young Educated Ladies Leading

Each Wednesday in May, 2021, 1 – 4 p.m. via Zoom

Y.E.L.L. Presents:
White-Identified Young Women Advocating For Change

Theme: Moving From Listening To Action: #Respect #Responsibility #Racial Justice


To educate White-identified female and non-binary participants about our history of racial injustice and to inspire them to use their position and privilege to take action against racism.


  • Critically examine the concept of race and its construction.
  • Experience how implicit bias lives in our bodies and develop an awareness of privilege.
  • Build community with white-identified peer activists and learn to advocate for change.

We acknowledge that students may be overwhelmed with virtual school and we’re asking them to attend the summit during the school day.

As an incentive for attending the summit series, students will have the opportunity to earn two college credits (College 100: College Success Seminar). Students must attend all five days to be eligible to receive college credit. More details will be sent out after registration opens. We are hopeful that this opportunity will encourage the young women to attend all days of the summit and we are especially thankful for the schools supporting this event and the students attending.

May 5: Theme — Seeing Race

1:00 - 1:30pm Welcome and Community Building
1:30 - 3:30pm Workshop: Seeing Race
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Race is not grounded in biology or genetics, yet as a social and political construct it has profoundly shaped our world. In this workshop, we will explore how race was constructed, the difference between race and ethnicity, and our role, as white people, in talking about race and advocating for change.

3:30 - 4:00pm Reflection and Integration of Learning

Facilitator Bio

Shijuan Haynes

My name is Shijuan Haynes and I am the Umoja Black Scholars Program Assistant at Highline College. I am a graduate of the Umoja Black Scholars Program and Highline College as well. I earned my bachelor's degree from the University of Washington Tacoma, and plan to continue my master's and Doctoral program at the University of Washington Seattle.

May 12: Theme — Mind Your Bias

1:00 - 1:30pm Welcome and Community Building
1:30 - 3:30pm Workshop
More Than Being Calm: Mindfulness for Implicit Bias, facilitated by Space Between

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with compassion and curiosity, and a step towards a shift in our minds and hearts. Drawing on the work of Ruth King, author of Mindful of Race, as well as other teachers, we will explore mindfulness practices to uncover our unconscious biases and thoughts as a stepping-stone toward change and growth.

3:30 - 4:00pm Reflection and Integration of Learning

About Space Between

Space Between is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 to support well-being by bringing mindfulness practices to school communities in the Greater Seattle Area. When integrating mindfulness practices into school communities, teachers are able to be more effective in their relationships with students, and students are better able to learn, develop friendships, and remain an integral part of school communities.

May 19: Theme — How did I come to be White?

1:00 - 1:30pm Welcome and Community Building
1:30 - 3:30pm Workshop:
How did I come to be White? Facilitated by Tami Farber

As Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, "race is the child of racism, not the father." The idea of whiteness, and who belongs to this group and benefits from its privileges, has changed over time. In this workshop, organizer and educator Tami Farber will invite participants to take a closer look at their own relationship with whiteness and privilege.

3:30 - 4:00pm Reflection and Integration of Learning

Speaker Bio

Tami Farber

Leader, Organizer, Educator, Facilitator, Coach, Change Agent and Truth Seeker, Tami Farber has an extensive portfolio and brings over 25 years of experience in the fields of Child and Youth Development and Education, Leadership and Organizational Development, Community Organizing and Systems Change work for the non-profit/non-governmental, public and private sectors globally. Tami currently serves as a Lead Associate for the Racing to Equity Consulting Group and Hooks Global Consulting Group. Tami is also an Executive Transformational Coach working primarily with White Womxn.

May 26: Theme — Silence is Violence

1:00 - 1:30pm Welcome and Community Building
1:30 - 3:30pm Workshop: Silence is Violence
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White Silence can be damaging or even fatal for BIPOC individuals. Instead of causing more harm, we can use our privilege to become effective accomplices with BIPOC communities. How do we get vocal about racial injustice and keep the issue of racial equity alive in our daily actions? What does it look like to be a Young Woman Advocating for Change?

3:30 - 4:00pm Reflection and Integration of Learning

Speaker Bio

Tessa Hunt

Tessa Hunt identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. They currently work as a peer facilitator at the Inter-Cultural Center at The Center for Cultural and Inclusive Excellence. Some of the anti-racist and social justice student programs they have previously hosted include "Just Ask: What Pronouns?" (co-facilitated by Sam Sermeno), "Silence is Violence: A Conversation on Racism" (co-facilitated with Samantha Atienza) and "Healthcare & COVID-19: A Dialogue with Essential Workers". They are also a student at Highline College and will be graduating this Spring with a BAS in Youth Development.


Register now for the 2021 White-Identified Conference »

Please email us or call (206) 592-3301 if you have any questions.