Student Leadership Board


Are you passionate about racial and gender justice?

Are you interested in developing your leadership skills & coordinating community-based campaigns? 

Are you looking to build a powerful community of young leaders, organizers and advocates united for justice?

Apply to become a member of the YWCA Student Leadership Board Program for the Fall 2021 Semester TODAY!

*Accepting applications through September 1st, 2021, feel free to share with your networks!

About the YWCA Student Leadership Board (SLB) Program:

At the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland, our vision is to support young leaders to develop the tools and resources they need to advocate for themselves, and to build collective power in our communities. To fulfill the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, it is critical that we are working to follow the leadership of Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color (QTBI&POC).

The YWCA Student Leadership Board (SLB) is made up of passionate young leaders, students and community members who are committed to ending racial and gender-based violence in our communities, increasing access and equity within higher education, and building a more liberated world for all people. Through organizing signature YWCA events, campaigns, and community-based projects including our annual Week Without Violence Campaign, Shadow Day and other special projects, you will have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills, build community, and engage in the local movement for racial and gender justice.

Fall 2021 Semester Overview:

This Fall Semester, SLB will be meeting weekly for 1.5 to 2 hours over the course of 14 weeks with hybrid online and in-person options (weekly meetings will take place between Monday and Wednesday, 9am – 6pm, day and time TBD based on applicant’s availability). Together, we will coordinate our annual Week Without Violence Campaign in October, as well as plan for our annual Shadow Day Event that will take place later in the spring – learn more about our signature campaigns and events below! Through event & campaign coordination, community mobilization and advocacy, program members will gain hands-on, community-based leadership skills, as well as meaningful connections with fellow program members, and members of our Berkeley/Oakland community.

YWCA Signature Campaigns & Events Organized by the Student Leadership Board Program:

  • Week Without Violence (WWV) is a global movement with YWCAs across the country and the world to end racial and gender-based violence in our communities. We know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally, and that some survivors and communities go unrecognized altogether. For more than 20 years, we have set aside the third week of October as a Week Without Violence (WWV) – a week to raise awareness and engage action to end the broad spectrum of violence that disproportionately impacts queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, women, girls and gender non conforming people of color. This year, we invite you to join our WWV campaign “Beyond Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving,” from Saturday, October 16th through Sunday, October 24th 2021. Together we will observe, recognize, and honor the significance of resilience in surviving violence, as we move towards collective healing and transformation, where all of our communities can be safe, resourced and free.
  • The YWCA’s Race Against Racism Fundraiser,  happening in partnership with this year’s Week Without Violence Campaign is a hybrid in-person and virtual event, aimed at bringing our community together, raising awareness about racial and gender-based violence in our communities, and collectively reimagining a world Beyond Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving. Community members can participate in the Race Against Racism during the week of Saturday, October 16th through Sunday, October 23rd whenever and however you choose – by car, walk, run, bike, treadmill, jog around the park, etc. with friends, co-workers, pets or a socially distant group! Post your photos using #ywcaberkeleyoakland and #ywcaraceagainstracism and support the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism. All funds raised through Race Against Racism will support the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland’s racial justice, women’s empowerment & youth leadership development programs.
  • Shadow Day takes place every spring and aims to recruit & support Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI and all students who have been historically excluded from higher education, by providing high school youth with the opportunity to connect with current Cal students who share similar backgrounds and interests, resources to learn how to apply & pay for college, and opportunities to explore their future goals, wherever they may be in the process! Shadow Day brings together 600 students including 300 Bay Area high school students from Oakland, Berkeley and the greater East Bay, to be matched in pairs with 300 current UC Berkeley students. Together, Shadow Day participants spend the day touring campus, shadowing classes, and engaging in fun, mutually beneficial workshops, exploring how to apply & pay for college, college success, and future pathways. 

To learn more, contact the Student Leadership Board Program Director by e-mail at

~Check out our Official Shadow Day 2021 Resource Booklet!~

Created by the Spring 2021 Student Leadership Board Program, this booklet contains resources and video testimony for high school students on exploring higher education, and learning how to apply & pay for college.

YWCA Berkeley_Oakland Shadow Day 2020 Resource Packet FINAL