Young Women Advocating For Change

Young Women Advocating for Change

May 14, 2022, 9am-1:30pm — Highline College, Bld. 29, Rm. 216

Y.E.L.L. Presents:
Young Women Advocating For Change (YWAC)


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

Theme: Antiracism: Am I Being Brave?

Stepping into the discomfort of transformation

Free to White-identified female and non-binary students ages 16-24.


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


8:30 - 9:00 am Event check in (Building 29, Room 216) with grab & go snacks available
9:00 - 10:00 am Reclaiming our Essential Nature and Cultivating Self-Love in Times of Tumult and Upheaval with Claudette Evans
Session Description

Resistance shows up in almost every attempt to acquire a new skill or explore a new experience. Resistance is part of the learning process, and yoga offers us many practices for cultivating the skills needed to learn to listen to our bodies as we move through the practice. In anti-racism work, resistance and rigidity by white people arises as a manifestation of white supremacy when folks actively deny the truth of what we can all see and feel in our bodies. It is a privilege and a luxury that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are not afforded. What can we do to understand this dynamic more clearly, and how can we all learn to respond more skillfully in times of tumult and upheaval? This 1-hr practice is an invitation to learn to reconnect and resource in times when challenged by outside voices, circumstances, systemic oppression, and even our own inner programming, leading to feelings of disconnect and isolation, making us perhaps want to shut down, rather than skillfully respond. Through gentle movement, breathwork, and thoughtful reflection, participants will learn to source from within and stabilize their foundation so that they can deepen the connection to the fierce and loving current alive within them. This is a practice of yoga, literally a useful connection, made to help folks discover their own inner anchors, inner-knowing, and deep wisdom so that they can have what they need to name and stand up for what is right, while supporting those struggling for their very lives.

10:00 - 10:30 am Resource sharing with King County Library System and Highline College Library
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Embodying Anti-Racism with Nabra Nelson
Session Description

This 2-hour workshop will engage participants in an active reflection on race and racism through embodied practice based on Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. Through collective brainstorming and image analysis, participants will reflect on individual actions that they can make to bring positive change to their lives and communities. This interactive workshop honors each individual’s lived experience, using image creation to unleash our body-knowledge in order to synthesize solutions that live within our collective imagination. In this workshop we will learn from ourselves as well as the rest of the participants and the facilitator, leading to powerful reflections and community building.

12:30 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 pm Closing Reflection


Registration for the 2022 YWAC Conference is now open and closes May 12. Please email us if you have any questions.

Register now for the 2022 White-Identified Conference »


Claudette Evans

Claudette is a long-time student of yoga, a yoga teacher, and a studio administrator. She is passionate about the study and practice of yoga, as well as the training and mentoring of its teachers. In her classes, she invites curious practitioners toward an experience of greater strength, sensitivity, freedom, skillfulness, and wisdom, so that they can cultivate greater connection in their lives. Claudette's classes create space for self-expression through body and voice, cultivate a clarity of focus, and foster a joy of movement.

Nabra Nelson

Nabra Nelson Nabra Nelson is a community organizer, EDI consultant, and theatre creator from Egypt, Nubia, and California. She has worked with theaters, universities, non-profits, corporations, and community organizations across the nation to strengthen community and amplify under-heard voices. She is an EDI consultant with Avent Diversity Consulting, and an independent theatre-based consultant specializing in Theatre of the Oppressed. As an independent consultant, she has worked with Sankofa Impact, Inspire Washington, Seattle Rep, Seattle Arts & Culture for Anti-Racism, Young Women Empowered, and UCSB. She is also the Director of Arts Engagement at Seattle Rep, and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Highline College is located at:

2400 South 240 Street, Des Moines, WA 98198

All Summit sessions will take place in Building 29, Room 216

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Please email us if you have any questions.