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YWCA's Stand Against Racism Breakfast Panel Event
April 24, 2015 8:00 - 9:00 AM Panel Event and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:45 AM Table Discussions (Optional)
The Hyatt Regency Rochester

Please join us at the YWCA's Stand Against Racism Breakfast Panel event on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The panel for this year’s event includes:

William Castle, Chief Diversity Officer & Vice President, HR Business Process Effectiveness, Xerox Corporation.

Dr. Bill Destler, President, RIT.

Robert Duffy, President & CEO, Rochester Business Alliance.

Gladys Pedraza-Burgos, Chief Operating Officer, Ibero-American Action League.

Mayor Lovely A. Warren, City of Rochester.

Click here to purchase your individual tickets for $40 or a table of 10 for $400.

If you are an organization and interested in tickets, tables or higher level sponsorships, click here

A special thank you to our generous sponsors!


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:

  • A dance performance at the Mall at Greece Ridge.
  • Nazareth College held a discussion about race with speakers at the Golisano Academic Center.
  • A “Poetry Slam” was held on the RIT campus.
  • Members of the Voter’s Block Community hosted a music performance at the 1872 Café.
  • The Jennifer House and Elim Christian Fellowship hosted a discussion about race.
  • A Racial Justice Workshop was held at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church.

Click here to sign up for the Stand Against Racism!

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.  Click here to print and sign a personal pledge against racism - there's even a youth version to begin the conversation with your child. 

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?

Seven years ago, YWCAs, along with many community partners across the country began an annual awareness-building day to emphasize that while there has been progress on race, there’s more work to do. The event was endorsed by Governors of five states and over a quarter million individuals participated in 2010.

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.