Racial Justice Initiatives

 

Eliminating Racism is a core element of YWCA’s mission.  YWCA Greenwich is committed to creating programs and hosting events that bring the community together to focus on a range of racial justice issues.  By engaging with governmental and community organizations and participating in mission focused programs, the YWCA plays an active role in strengthening our community. In addition, each January, we hold an event on a current racial justice challenge to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, and each April, we participate in the signature campaign of YWCA USA, Stand Against Racism, to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities.  

 

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Wednesday, January 11, 2018 -- 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-sponsored and 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 2017 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.

Theme for 2018 will be announced in the Fall. 

 

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.

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.  

 

2016 Racial Justice Scholarship Honorees with Dr. Salvatore Corda and Mary Lee Kiernan.

 

 

YWCA Stand Against Racism Day

Friday, April 27, 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.

For additional information, call Joan Mockler at j.mockler@ywcagreenwich.org or  203-869-6501, ext. 104. 

 

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.