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Stand Against Racism

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Click Here To View the Stand Against Racism Calendar of Public Events 

The YWCA is partnering with the Democrat and Chronicle on a Stand Against Racism calendar of public events. Click here to submit your event, and please be sure to specify this is a Stand Against Racism event in the "event name" box.

Last year we had more than 200 organizations signed up for the Stand and we're well on our way to having more this year! Many events are private, with some open to the public.

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YWCA's Stand Against Racism Breakfast Event
April 25, 2014 7:30 - 9:00 AM
The Rochester Plaza Hotel and Conference Center

Please join us at the YWCA's Stand Against Racism breakfast round table event on Friday, April 25, 2014. The breakfast will feature YWCA USA CEO, Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., as our keynote speaker. The theme of Dr. Richardson-Heron’s talk is “Leadership Challenges in Achieving Racial Equity.”

Following Dr. Richardson-Heron's presentation, Rochester's Mayor Lovely Warren and University of Rochester President Joel Seligman will participate in a panel discussion on this topic. Tickets are $25 each and a table of 10 is $250.

7:30 AM Press Conference
8:00 AM Keynote Address and Panel Discussion


Seats for the Breakfast Panel are no longer available.
Please call Chrissie Irish at 368-2261 with questions.



As you may know,
Stand Against Racism is an annual community-wide event to build awareness about racism. 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:


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.