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Stand Against Racism

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YWCA's Stand Against Racism Breakfast and Conference

April 28, 2017 8:00 - 9:00 AM Panel Event and Breakfast
9:15 - 10:15 AM Workshops (Session A)
10:30 - 11:30 AM Workshops (Session B)

Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside

Tickets are $45 Each. A Table of 10 is $450. 
Register below for tickets or tables or become a sponsor of the event! Deadline for registration is April 21.

Our Panelists: 

    Daan Braveman, President, Nazareth College 

    Paul B. Héroux, Senior Vice President
    Chief Bank Operations Officer & Community Investment Officer Federal Home Loan Bank of New York

    Desmond Jackson, MSHA
    Administrator, Rochester Regional Health 

    Wakenda K. Tyler, MD MPH
    Associate Professor Orthopaedic Surgery
    Division Chief of Musculoskeletal Oncology
    University of Rochester Medical Center

    Carol Wheeler
    Manager of Housing, City of Rochester                                     


If you would prefer to register by mail, click on this PDF, fill out the form and mail to:
YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County
ATTN: Chrissie Irish
175 N. Clinton Ave.
Rochester NY 14604

Session A Workshops Session B Workshops
By Sally Ward and Myra Henry, YWCA
The workshop is an abbreviated version of YWCA’s Person2Person program providing a platform for rich dialogues surrounding topics that are traditionally excluded from a business setting including race relations, unconscious bias, cultural difference and systemic racism.
Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention
By Bryan Hetherington, Empire Justice Center
consumers are faced with a variety of decisions and challenges when considering obtaining a mortgage to purchase a home or refinancing their current mortgage. they are doubly pressed when life circumstances cause them to go into default. What can be done?


Affordable Care & the Social Determinants of Health By Marielena Vélez de Brown, MD, MPH, Monroe County Department of Public Health. What is our new national direction for health care? What implications will this have for each of us? What impact on persons of color and those with limited incomes? From a public health standpoint, we now know how important the social determinants of health are. Find out how these can be impacted regardless of new structural changes to health care.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
By Jerome Underwood, Rochester City School District
A workshop based on the book by Joy Degruy, Ph.D. that encourages african americans to view their attitudes, assumptions and behaviors through the lens of history to gain a greater understanding of the impact of centuries of slavery and oppression. What is the impact on the evolution of the thoughts, feelings and behaviors of african americans?
Fair Housing Then and Now
By John Hill, Rochester Housing Authority
in the United States, the fair housing act of 1968 was passed to fight the practice of discriminatory practices in housing making it unlawful to discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale of a dwelling because of race or national origin. How much progress has been made?
Unconscious Bias
By Kathy Sweetland and Ben Douglas, YWCA
An engaging facilitated dialogue series, based on the book Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk. America is often referred to as a melting pot where people from various cultures, ethnicities, and races blend together to create a new american identity. What does it mean to be a witness?
The East EPO – Changing Climate and Building Culture. The University of Rochester/East Educational Partnership
By Lorna Washington and Lia Festenstein,
Rochester City School District. Workshop participants will gain knowledge about how this type of model can positively change the negative perception some members of society may have about children of color. There will be discussion about the feasibility of replicating this model in other schools and/or districts in New York and across the nation.
Look Beyond the Obvious
By Sady Fischer and Kesha Carter, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
The workshop explores diversity from many personal and relational dimensions including personal authenticity, diversity and inclusion. Participants will be exposed to diversity of backgrounds and experiences while learning how we can come together to build inclusive communities.

Learn more about other Racial Equity engagement opportunities in Rochester by clicking HERE!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

  Excellus BlueCross BlueShield