The YWCA’s Stand Against Racism, which happens annually in April, is a partnership of YWCA Associations throughout the country with the goal of bringing people together from all walks of life to raise awareness that racism still exists and that it can no longer be ignored or tolerated. Our strength is in numbers!
Any group of any size can become a Participating Site of the Stand Against Racism: corporations large or small, schools (from elementary schools to universities), government agencies, non-profit or civic organizations, hospitals, churches or synagogues, even two neighbors gathered around a kitchen table.
Are you interested in participating? The 2013 Stand Against Racism is now open for registration. There is no cost to participate, and we will mail you materials. Simply go to www.ywcastand.org to sign up to be a part of this year’s Stand. Please note that you need to go to the site to sign up for 2013 even if you have participated in the past.
The national YWCA Stand Against Racism day is April 26, but, as in previous years, events in our community will happen during late April and into May, including the YWCA Black & White Gala on May 2.
Your business, organization or faith group can participate in the Stand in whatever way works best for you – everything from wearing “racism hurts everyone” buttons, to watching a film with your staff, attending another group’s event, to organizing a workshop or rally. YWCA Director of Communications Ami Worthen can help you decide how to make this a meaningful experience. She can be reached at 254-7206 x 203 or by email at email@example.com.
One way your business or organization can participate in this year’s Stand is to agree to send representatives to “Realizing the Benefits of a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce,” a conference that will be held from 8:30 am until 2 pm on Thursday, April 25 at the Sherrill Center. This conference, which is sponsored by City of Asheville and Buncombe County Government in partnership with UNC Asheville, will provide information about research-based best practices to recruit, retain and promote a diverse work force, and provide guidance on the development of mentoring strategies. If you sign up for the Stand, we will email you when the registration is open for this event.
With your support we can continue to grow this project and support greater inclusivity and equity in Asheville and Buncombe County.