YWCA Utah’s mission to eliminate racism is “massive” and “beautiful,” incoming CEO Liz Owens believes. But it’s also “complex and, I think, sometimes misunderstood,” she said.
“Eliminating racism does not mean that we have done it. It means that we are continually working on it, and that we’re working on it with it front and center,” Owens said.
Owens takes on this task when she starts as the CEO of the nonprofit Monday, succeeding Anne Burkholder, who is retiring after two decades with the organization. As head of YWCA Utah, Owens will oversee what is arguably the flagship of the fight against domestic violence in Utah, including the nonprofit’s shelter, transitional housing and child care center in Salt Lake City, emergency crisis line, leadership initiatives and advocacy at the Utah Legislature.
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