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Reflections on Race

“If I didn’t feel so guilty about being white I would…be better able to teach my kids about racism.” The words left my mouth before I realized I had formed the sentence. We were three weeks into our Eliminating White Racism class, and my discussion partner gave me an empathetic nod. As someone who doesn’t… Read more »

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Moving On…

Twelve months ago, I began my service as an AmeriCorps VISTA at YWCA Missoula, and I must say, this year has been one of the most rewarding I’ve ever had. Before VISTA, I had been involved with the YWCA as an intern and volunteer, but my passion and commitment to the mission of the YWCA… Read more »

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Reflections: A Year at Gateway

I am a student with the Masters in Social Work program, (MSW), at the University of Montana. My practicum placement this year was with the Ada’s Place Gateway/Emergency Housing program. The program helps homeless families with a stay in a motel and offers case management services to aid in finding housing, employment, and other services… Read more »

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YWTalks: A Community Social Justice Series Wrap-Up

Well folks, the YW Talks: Community Social Justice Series has coming to an end. It has been a wonderful season this year with a combination of men and women speakers addressing social justice issues that are pertinent to women and those of diverse ethnic backgrounds. We also changed the name of our series from the… Read more »

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Fight For Hope and Freedom: Human Trafficking, Montana & the World

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: University of Montana Mansfield Center Conference on Human Trafficking: “Fight for Hope & Freedom – Human Trafficking, Montana and the World” April 16th and 17th  at the University Center – FREE ADMISSION         Human Trafficking is modern day slavery exploiting an estimated 30 million people worldwide. More people are living in slavery… Read more »

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Reflections On Race and Reading

When I was a kid I loved to read so much that my mom would ground me from reading the way other parents would ground their kids from TV. I had to have a book EVERYWHERE I went, even the supermarket. This reading addiction, while not always beneficial to social interaction, was beneficial for my… Read more »

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Pet Advocates Ease Transition for Domestic Violence Survivors

Samantha and Roxy had been the best of friends since Roxy was little.  Everywhere Samantha went, Roxy went.  Everything Samantha did, Roxy did.  Samantha would confide in Roxy, cuddle with Roxy, and enjoy comfort and support from Roxy.  Roxy was Samantha’s 70lb black lab whom she had raised since she was a puppy.  Roxy was… Read more »

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A Tribe Called Red

Last night, while I was hanging out with some friends, one of them asked me if I had ever heard the electronic dance music (EDM) group called “A Tribe Called Red.” “A tribe called what?” I asked.  My friend shook his head and put on this song. The first thing that ran through my mind was,… Read more »

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Finding Your Voice

I was immediately drawn to Molly.  She was quiet, painfully shy, and very hesitant.  It’s not often that people like her stick out in a crowd, especially in a lunch room filled with middle school students.  I noticed her before she even started attending our GUTS! group when I first visited the lunch room at C.S. Porter Middle School to recruit girls… Read more »

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Crossing the Line

This blog post was really hard to write. And when I say hard, I mean it’s 3 a.m. and I’m rewriting this for the fourth time because I still can’t get it right. In this post, I wanted to talk about something that’s been bothering me since I started my job as a racial justice… Read more »