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Racial Justice Programs

Stand Against Racism
"UNCONSCIOUS BIAS: A Conversation about Race in the Workplace"
April 28, 2016

8:00am - 10:00 

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Earl "Butch" Graves Jr., President & CEO of Black Enterprise
Panelists: Ms. Donna Johnson, Chief Diversity Officer of MasterCard, Dr. Mona Lau, NYS Licensed Psychologist, Adjunct Professor, Manhattanville College
Register online.

For Information and sponsorship, contact Julia Nesbitt, Director YWCA Racial Justice Initiatives at (914) 949-6227 x106 or email:


Human Rights Symposium
"The State of Women of Color"
December 10, 2015

8:30am - 10:30am
YWCA Lower Lounge

Opening Remarks:  Robert P. Astorino, Westchester County Executive
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President Westchester Community College
Free Event. Register online at our Eventbrite site.

For Information and sponsorship, contact Julia Nesbitt, Director YWCA Racial Justice Initiatives at (914) 949-6227 x106 or email:

Event co-sponsored by:  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Pi Iota Omega Chapter  ■  Greenburgh Human Rights Committee   ■  JGT Communications  ■  NAACP Rye/Portchester  ■  NAACP White Plains/Greenburgh  ■  Organization of Chinese Americans–Westchester & Hudson Valley Chapter  ■  The Center for Interdisciplinary Services, Inc.  ■  United Nations Association of Westchester ■  Westchester Black Women ‘s Political Caucus  -  Greenburgh Chapter  ■  Westchester County (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated  ■  Westchester County Human Rights Commission    ■  WestCOP   ■  Women’s Research & Education Fund  ■  Yonkers Human Rights Commission

Silence is Violence: 

Here is your chance to break the silence. Share what has made racism real to you:

  • “I have learned from friends and peers of color how fear for themselves and their kids is part of every day in a way that I do not experience as a white person”. – Tarrytown, NY
  • “Structural racism impacts every part of our society and all of our interactions. We need to open our eyes and see how this hurts us all. To quote someone wise ,"No one is free if others are oppressed." – New Rochelle, NY

Remembering the Charleston Shooting Victims

YWCA USA extends our deepest sympathy to those impacted by the tragic shooting at Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC Wednesday night of June 17, 2015.

We especially want to uplift the friends and families of the victims: Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, DePayne Middleton Doctor, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Clementa C. Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Myra Thompson.

In a statement from YWCA Greater Charleston, we are reminded that the church’s Pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was a good friend of the YWCA.

In fact, on April 26, in the wake of the shooting of Walter Scott, “Mother Emanuel” AME Church hosted the local YWCA Stand Against Racism: Requiem on Racism: A People’s Mass.

As a tribute to and in solidarity with the people of Charleston, we encourage you to view this powerful anti-racist event. We are particularly moved by Rev. Pinckney’s opening prayer where he exclaims: “only love can conquer hate!”

Strong Alone. Fearless Together!

For more information about Racial Justice Initiatives at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, please contact Julia Nesbitt, YWCA Racial Justice Initiatives Director at (914) 949-6227 x106 or email.


Resources for Racial Justice and who to ontact, click here. Stand Against Racism: Racial Profiling 2015's Keynote Speaker was Daniel Berger, Director, Lower Hudson Valley Chapter, New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) with facilitator and panelists Marc Fang, Jay Stevens, Sandy Bernabei and Stephen Contave. Stand Against Racism will unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: racism can no longer be ignored nor tolerated.

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Raise the Age (of Criminal Responsibility in New York) YWCA 2014 Fall Symposium - Stand Against Racism Program
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of New York State.View photos from this event

Courageous Conversations:  Creating a Better Future for All
The YWCA wishes to examine and openly discuss our biases, our privileges, and what we can do to make this a more equal and just world. Thus, we propose to hold public forums where people can talk about racism and learn about ways to make change. Listening to various news stations and teaching blogs and it is realized that anger is deep, but so is confusion and apathy. That is why, while it is expected that people will have strong opinions, we are purposing to maintain respectful dialogue at all times. Each forum presented will be produced as a “safe haven” so that participants will not be subjected to attacks because of their viewpoints.
Three forums will be presented each year on a variety of social justice programs. Discussions will be led by experienced professionals, educators and civic leaders, facilitating healthy dialogues as we tackle tough issues of race relations and the empowerment of all peoples.

Stand Against Racism:  The Stand Against Racism™ is a movement of the YWCA that aims to eliminate racism by raising awareness through its annual event. Organizations across the United States are invited to become Participating Sites by hosting their own "Stand." Individuals are then invited to join any of the "Stands", where hundreds of thousands of people will take a Stand Against Racism™ across the country. In addition, we encourage individuals – of all ages – to take the pledge to treat all people with dignity and respect.