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Stand Against Racism

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YWCA's Stand Against Racism Breakfast Panel Event
April 29, 2016 8:00 - 9:00 AM Panel Event and Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 AM Table Discussions (Optional)
The Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center


Best Practices in Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care

 Our Panelists: 

  • Dorothy Coleman, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
  • Kevin Fiscella, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center, Dean’s Professorship, Family Medicine Professor, Public Health Sciences and Community Health.
  • Janice Harbin, DDS; President/Chief Executive Officer; Anthony L. Jordan Health Center.
  • Telva Olivares, DDS; Assoc. Professor of Clinical Psychiatry And Clinical Medicine; University of Rochester Medical Center.
  • Bridgette Wiefling, MD, Rochester Regional Health, Senior Vice President, Chief Quality and Innovation Officer.


A special thank you to our generous sponsors!


  Five Star Bank Minorithy Reporter
 Nazareth College


Click here to sign up for the Stand Against Racism!

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

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.

The Stand brings together like-minded organizations that share in our vision of eliminating racism and celebrating the richness of diversity. We reach out to businesses, schools, houses of worship, organizations, and government agencies to create greater awareness and to encourage conversations about race.

Some of the public events that took place last year included: 

Read the ACT Rochester report on Poverty, and hold a discussion of it and actions your organization can take.

Read a book such as The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, or The State of Black Rochester
Have a discussion over coffee or lunch with a group or person of a different faith or race.

Wear or display an event button, wristband or ribbon.

Interested in helping to spread the word? 

Click here to download a poster.  Click here to download a postcard. 

Get Creative!

Looking for ideas on how you can create your own way to mark the Stand?  Click here for a list.  Remember, even small acts can mean a lot.   

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.