Beth Maczka: Staff Retreat and Stand Against Racism

23 Apr

Staff Retreat 4.2013

Message from YWCA Executive Director Beth Maczka:

Last Saturday, 86 YWCA staff members gathered at the Sherrill Center at UNCA Asheville for a day of team building and learning.

We had a chance to see who makes up the YWCA Team from 7 different departments and to celebrate our amazing diversity. We learned about unintentional bias that can separate us and the strengths that can bring us together. And we learned to enhance our communication skills for improved day to day interactions and solution seeking.

Our consultants, Desiree Adaway, Erika Hines, and Krista Padgett kept things moving and, more often than not, we were laughing as we learned from each other. I, for one, know I need to brush up on “the Wobble,” in preparation of next week’s Black and White Gala!

Clearly this is one step along a process that has been going on for years, and one that we will continue to prioritize. Our commitment to the Stand Against Racism is year-round and is both internal with our staff and board and external in our hosting of the Stand Against Racism Coalition.

Over the next two weeks, I invite you to think about your own personal Stand Against Racism. Perhaps it is a simple conversation around your dinner table or an invitation to a person of color to learn about their experience over coffee or lunch. Perhaps your community of faith or workplace can read an article or discuss a movie that highlights the injustice of racism in our community. There are a number of free community events happening this week that you can attend as well. The Stand Against Racism buttons proclaim, “Racism Hurts Everyone” and indeed it will take everyone to eliminate it.

2 Responses to “Beth Maczka: Staff Retreat and Stand Against Racism”

  1. Stacey April 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    As a long-time member of the YW, I’m delighted that you made this training a priority!

  2. YWCA of Asheville April 25, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Thank you, Stacey! We will be continuing this work for sure!

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