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Facility Notice: Consistent with the governor’s executive order to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, YWCA Minneapolis will extend through at least June 1 temporary closures we implemented for our fitness centers, a few of our Early Childhood Education centers and Girls and Youth programming. Learn More

It's Time to Act!™ Forum Series

Moving From Conversation to Racial Justice Action

The goal of eliminating racism in Minnesota and beyond is within our reach. It begins with conversation, and it’s propelled by action.

Join YWCA in its mission to break through the barriers that perpetuate racism. It’s Time to Act!TM is a forum series that engages participants for deeper learning and action planning around issues of race, equity, identity and social justice.

The forums are a catalyst for changemaking, where attendees take a deep dive into issues affecting our community and are inspired to identify their own role and power to create change. Pairing lectures with intentional action planning, it is an opportunity for attendees to move from talk to action.


Beyond the Ballot: Advancing Electoral Justice

Thursday, January 16, 2020
5:30 - 8:00 pm

Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer

Elizer Darris, ACLU

Shelly Diaz, Minnesota Tribal Coalition for the 2020 Census

Mónica Hurtado, Voices for Racial Justice

Leslie Redmond, President, NAACP Minneapolis

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Responding to Systemic Inequities and Racism in a Time of Crisis

Thursday, April 23, 2020
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Virtual Event

As we have watched COVID-19 spread throughout our community and nation, one thing has become very clear—the deeply rooted systemic inequities that come to light in a time of crisis. In response, YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice and Public Policy department will host a special edition of our It’s Time to Act! series.

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Rhetoric of Hate: Islamophobia

Thursday, June 11, 2020
5:30 - 8:00 pm

Khaled Beydoun, law professor and author of the critically acclaimed book, American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

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Racial Justice Scholarship Fund

Are you unable to attend, but would like to provide others in the community with the opportunity?

Make a Donation

Apply for a Scholarship

YWCA provides the opportunity for community members to attend It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race™, It’s Time to Act!™ Forum Series and our Racial Justice and Public Policy workshops at no cost.

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Become an Event Sponsor

Your support helps us move conversations about race to action.

With your sponsorship, your organization will become a visible racial justice champion, supporting programs that empower community members to address racial inequities on interpersonal, institutional and systemic levels.

Contact Us

If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities for this forum series, please Contact Liz Dwinnell at or 612-215-4161.

Contact David Lundin at or 612-215-4158 for payment assistance or for an invoice request.


Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403

Parking and Transportation

  • Free parking is available in the underground Westminster parking garage (limited spots available): view parking information here.
  • Additional parking is available on 12th Street (metered until 6:00 pm) and nearby parking ramps.
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church is easily accessible from bus routes on Nicollet Mall (free service on Nicollet Mall route), Marquette Avenue and 2nd Avenue. Skyway access from the Minneapolis Convention Center.

About YWCA’s Racial Justice and Public Policy Work

YWCA Minneapolis is a national leader in the field of racial equity; facilitating change and generating meaningful action in the workplace and the community.

Our Racial Justice and Public Policy Department works within the community to eliminate inequities on interpersonal, institutional and systemic levels through a continuum of moving from knowledge, awareness and skills to action. We do this by partnering with individuals, organizations and businesses through racial justice trainingInc.lude™ consultingadvocacy and workshops.