Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism
Friday, April 26, 12:00 - 12:30 pm
Greenwich Town Hall

This 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.

This year’s event, in partnership with the Town of Greenwich, will take place on Friday, April 26, 2019, from 12:00 – 12:30 pm at Town Hall.  The event is free and open to the public. Participants will be asked to join in a group picture demonstrating their pledge to stand up against all forms of racism. 
Each year YWCA Greenwich creates a poster with the names of clergy, businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations that agree to take a Stand Against Racism.  Copies of the 2018 poster currently sit at Town Hall and at the YWCA.  This year, we are asking supporters to not only submit the name of your organization, but to also commit to either attending the event yourself or sending representatives. A group photo will be taken of all those who participate and will be distributed through social media and traditional news outlets. To register your organization to be added to the poster, go to: 

Guest Speaker: Claudia Connor

Claudia Connor is the President & CEO of the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI). She has over 30 years of program management, advocacy, and legal and strategic leadership experience in the non-profit sector in the United States, Africa and Southeast Asia. Prior to coming to CIRI in April 2015, Claudia worked at Save the Children on the Strategic Foundation Partnerships team. Previously, she worked at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as a Senior Technical Advisor in the Governance & Rights Unit, Regional Director in the US Programs supervising refugee resettlement offices across the US, and as Director of National Refugee Resettlement Programs.  Overseas, Claudia was a consultant with UNICEF, the Carter Center, Save the Children UK, and Population Services International (PSI) among other agencies, working on issues such as child trafficking, child soldiers, women’s rights, juvenile justice and the impact of HIV/AIDS. 
Before moving overseas in 1998, Claudia was a senior trial attorney for Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, in New York. She has her JD from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. in History from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Claudia lives in Norwalk with her husband and their three boys, ages 14, 17 and 19.
2019 Event Program

Opening Remarks: Mary Lee Kiernan, President and CEO, YWCA Greenwich

Proclamation: Town of Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei

Guest Speaker: Claudia Connor, President and CEO, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants

Presentation of the Racial Justice Scholarship Awards:  Interim Greenwich School Superintendent, Ralph Mayo

Music: Greenwich High School Jazz Band



For questions, contact Joan Mockler, Director of Communications and Racial Justice, YWCA Greenwich, at or 203-869-6501, ext. 104