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Center for Race & Gender Equity

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s primary advocacy initiative, the Center for Race & Gender Equity, provides training, organizes events, engages in advocacy, and builds community around the vision of a world in which all women and girls, especially women and girls of color, have equitable access to personal and professional opportunities, free from racial injustice.

This training experience was very inspirational, relatable and informative. I identified with a lot of the issues talked about and for that I am very grateful that the conversation about racism is becoming less awkward.


The Center for Race and Gender Equity serves the Pittsburgh community by providing resources related to the issues of Racial Justice, Inclusion, and Equity. We encourage individuals to become advocates by participating in YW sponsored events and using our resources to broaden their knowledge of diversity issues.

YWCA focuses our advocacy work on these public policy areas:

• Racial Justice, Inclusion & Equity
• Health & Safety
• Economic Empowerment & Education

Find out more about YWCA policy issues and contact you legislator by following the link below.

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YW Wednesday Action Conversations

On the third Wednesday of every month, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s Center for Race and Gender Equity presents YW Wednesday Action Conversation on Race, a panel discussion dedicated to racial justice. Featuring local experts and leaders in fields such as equity and diversity, policy change, and advocacy, YW Wednesdays are designed to build community and create change.


Our Center for Race and Gender Equity leads engagement campaigns such as the 2020 census campaign, YWomen Count, and the 2020 voter engagement campaign, YWomen Vote. Please check our Home Page frequently for updates on new and existing campaigns.

Naturalization Ceremonies

YWCA hosts and participates in two annual naturalization ceremonies for incoming American citizens in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security/USCIS, coinciding with the celebration and Black History Month and of LGBTQIA Pride Month.


The Center for Race & Gender Equity provides equity and diversity training in a range of topics to corporations, nonprofits, schools, community groups, and more. We develop and deliver educational workshops and programs for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.

Voter Empowerment and Registration

YWCA is committed to educating eligible voters about registering to vote, protecting voting rights, and accessing accurate voter information. Activities include National Voter Registration Day advocacy, providing assistance updating and applying for voter registration, and explaining dates and requirements related to upcoming elections.

Following Governor Wolf’s directive, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s operations remain largely virtual.  As we adapt to our modified schedule, appointments are required.  Our Homewood-Brushton Early Child Development Center is open, with special precautions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our Pre-K Counts classrooms in Homewood and Braddock Hills will open in the fall. Click here to view our family welcome packet for more information. Please check our website frequently for service updates and sign up to receive our monthly newsletter. For a list of local resources, please follow this link.

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please contact United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Southwest by texting your zip code to 898-211, visiting pa211sw.org or by dialing 2-1-1.

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