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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

Building Inclusive Communities

 Our Panelists: 

    Daan Braveman, President, Nazareth College

    Paul B. HérouxSenior 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                                     

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.
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 


 Excellus BlueCross BlueShield 
 Session A Workshops    Session B Workshops
A-1 Person2Person - By Sally Ward & Myra Henry, YWCA. 
B-1 Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention - By Bryan Hetherington, Empire Justice Center 

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.

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?

A-2 Look Beyond the Obvious - By Sady Fischer and Kesha Carter, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.   

B-2 Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - By Jerome Underwood, Rochester City School District.
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. 
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?
A-3 Fair Housing Then and Now - By John Hill, Rochester Housing Authority.B-3 Unconscious Bias - By Kathy Sweetland, YWCA.
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?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? 
A-4 The East EPO – Changing Climate and Building Culture. The University of Rochester/East - Educational Partnership – By Lorna Washington, Rochester City School District.

 B-4 Affordable Care & the Social Determinants of Health By Trilby de Jung, J.D. Executive Director, Common Ground Health

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 challenges/opportunities that have resulted from this partnership and the feasibility of replicating this model in other schools and/or districts in New York and across the nation.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 impactful the social determinants of health care. Find out how these will be impacted by the new structural changes to health care. 



Show your support for the Rochester community by clicking here to sign the Unite Rochester Pledge!

Click here to sign up for the Stand Against Racism!


The Stand Against Racism™ is a movement of the YWCA with the goal of bringing people together from all walks of life - to raise awareness that racism still exists.

Our Community Partners:

Unite Rochester- A special Democrat & Chronicle project to find new, more inclusive ways to work together to solve community problems, especially economic inequities related to job, economic development, housing, education and small business.

Facing Race, Embracing Equity - Rochester's racial equity initiative.

Rochester Area Community Foundation

Why Take A Stand?

As an organization that focuses on making a difference in the lives of women and girls in our community, we are reminded daily of the interface between poverty and race. So how do we address these issues, beyond providing the best services we can?

Our local YWCA decided to participate in this effort for the first time in 2011 by engaging diverse sectors of business, education, government, religious and other organizations and creating opportunities to work together to build a stronger community.

To download a copy of this video, click here.

Questions? Please contact David Mancuso at (585) 368-2260 or dmancuso@ywcarochester.org.