Racial Justice Initiatives

YWCA Greenwich Racial Justice Scholarship Awards

YWCA Greenwich will award two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who live and attend school in Greenwich . . . and who have made a special effort to encourage people to respect differences, to promote equality and to eliminate all forms of bigotry, bias and racism in their school or our community.  Candidates may be nominated by a member of the faculty of any Greenwich high school or by the general public.

The application can be found here.  The application needs to be returned no later than April 7.  The award will be presented at the Stand Against Racism event at Town Hall on Friday, April 28.  The recipients must be able to attend the event, which takes place from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 


YWCA Stand Against Racism Day
Friday, April 28, 2017 • 10:00 - 11:00 am
Town Hall Meeting Room, Greenwich Town Hall


Joined by more than 70 YWCAs in the USA and upwards of 70 “Participating Sites” within the Greenwich community, the annual town-wide event accentuates the importance of combating bigotry and racism wherever it exists. The free public event is part of a national YWCA initiative in which more than 300,000 people across the United States take part in helping to advance the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and promote racial justice and civil rights.

Among the featured guests for the 2016 event were Greenwich High School senior Cory Myrtil (above with Adrianne Singer, left, and William McKersie, right). See her remarks here. Also joining YWCA President and CEO Adrianne Singer were First Selectman Peter Tesei, School Superintendent William McKersie, Federal, State  and Local Dignitaries and the First Baptist Church Choir led by Michele Hilton.

For additional information, call Jackie Stam at j.mockler@ywcagreenwich.org or  203-869-6501, ext. 104. To become a “Participating Site,” go to www.standagainstracism.org.





Diversity Book Club

Last Tuesday of the Month • 12 - 2 pm
Gertrude White Gallery

The YWCA Diversity Book Club seeks members of all ages, ethnicities, religious affiliations and economic status to engage in spirited discussion. Participants meet for open debate and lively conversation about the reading material chosen. Call Mamie Lee at 203-552-0878 or email jimlee55@aol.com for more information.





Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 • 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Building a strong and just community is a core mission of the YWCA. To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., YWCA Greenwich will co-sponsoredand hosted an event to celebrate his life and put a spotlight on issues that Dr. King was committed to addressing.  With the recent rise in hate speech and hate crimes, our focus for the 2017 event was on “Why Words Still Matter” in the context of building a community without hate.  

Nearly 200 people attended the event.  The replay can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSNQKTzKASY

Mary Lee Kiernan, President and CEO of YWCA Greenwich, followed up with this blog.