Evanston, IL – The YWCA Evanston/North Shore announced today that Donique McIntosh has joined the agency to further develop their growing Racial Justice program. Dr. McIntosh, who holds a Doctorate in Social Justice Education, comes to the YWCA from Smith College, where she did diversity and social justice training for student leaders. She is a certified social justice mediator and has served as an independent social justice and diversity consultant.

Donique joins Eileen Hogan Heineman as Co-Director of the Racial Justice Program at the YWCA Evanston/North Shore and will work to expand the YWCA’s considerable presence in this area. The YWCA fosters opportunities to engage in open dialogue about race, racism and race relations to combat racism at individual, interpersonal and institutional levels through a wide array of programs and forums. They also host both the April “Stand Against Racism” and June “Race Against Hate,” and in 2016, are planning to convene a “Race Summit.”

“For me, particularly having worked at a women’s institution, the draw was that it was the YWCA,” said Donique. “It’s just a really powerful experience to be in an environment devoted to educating and empowering women. I also have a seriousness about where we are as a country right now. It seems very regressive, but I feel blessed to be doing work I love, and I have hope that things will change.”

Karen Singer, President/CEO, said “Donique’s wealth of experience has already made her a valued addition to the YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Our expanding programs and the increasing demand from our communities led us to look for an addition to our team who would advance our social justice mission, and it is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Donique’s caliber and expertise. We’re thrilled to have her and are confident that she and Eileen will complement each other’s skills and continue to offer and expand the action-oriented racial justice programming north suburban Chicago wants and has come to expect from us.”

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About YWCA Evanston/North Shore

As a social justice organization, the YWCA Evanston/North Shore seeks to raise awareness of the issues of racial and gender equity and to affect real change in our communities. Focused on racial justice, domestic violence, women’s economic advancement, and youth health and safety, the YWCA Evanston/North Shore serves the northeast metropolitan Chicago area with a variety of programs and services that improve the lives of women, families, and communities. Learn more at: www.ywca.org/evanston.