It is with great pleasure to share with you the good news of being elected as President of the YWCA Greater Austin Board of Directors! The YWCA Greater Austin is located at 2015 South IH 35, Suite 110, and has been a part of the Austin community since its incorporation as the YWCA of the University of Texas in 1907. It has supported and educated women and girls by providing workshops, counseling, trainings, community service, fundraising events, and more. Its mission to eliminate racism and empower women is one in which I adamantly believe and support. I have taken the President’s role wholeheartedly, and look forward to the work in the areas of advocacy and community outreach. Please contact me to collaborate on women’s issues and immigration. I look forward to joining forces in the effort to eliminate racism and empower women.
The YWCA Southwest/Delta Region held its annual conference in Fort Worth, TX, Friday, January 28th through Sunday, January 30th. The YWCA Southwest/Delta Region is one of nine independent regional organizations in the YWCA USA. The region includes YWCA associations from the states of California, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. The YWCA Greater Austin participated in the conference sending a delegation of three, Diana Gorham, Executive Director; Karen Hunt, Southwest/Delta Regional Council Voting Delegate; and me.
The conference agenda included discussions on governance, communications and advocacy. I was specifically impressed and inspired by Interim CEO YWCA USA, Gloria Lau, who presented on the YWCA USA priorities and aspirations, also Regional Director, Christie Dailey, presented on the associations’ financial vitality. The conference concluded with specialized trainings for local organizations on topics such as advocacy, effective YWCA Boards and Executive Directors/CEOs.
The resounding focus throughout the conference centered on the embodiment of the YWCA’s mission, that is eliminating racism and empowering women, and a renewed dedication to advocacy by a collective YWCA voice. Be on the lookout for an increase in social awareness and education from the Southwest/Delta Regional YWCAs, particularly from the YWCA Greater Austin as it works to strengthen outreach efforts with regard to advocacy on social services and immigration.