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Mission & Vision


YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.



“We must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.”

-Mary McLeod Bethune

This quote embodies the essence of our work at the YWCA of the University of Illinois—to harness the inherent power of people to work towards racial justice and women’s empowerment. Our goal is to develop leaders who are fully aware of their power to affect positive change.


We welcome everyone to join with us in any way they can, to pay it forward, to envision and work towards a world that values everyone’s contribution regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. We all have something to contribute.

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