Undoing Racism Alliance
Stand Against Racism 2018
WJCS is proud to join in YWCA’s 11th annual Stand Against Racism, taking place April 26 – April 29, 2018.
The Stand Against Racism movement brings together like-minded organizations that share in YWCA’s vision of eliminating racism and celebrates the richness of diversity. By inviting community organizations to partner with them, YWCA believes it can expand the impact of this vision and attract numerous participants.
The initiative provides opportunities for education, advocacy, and community building amongst those engaged in racial justice work. Go here to see the Pledge Against Racism.
“WJCS is proud to join the YWCA in fighting the deleterious effects of racism,” said Alan Trager, CEO, in making the announcement. “We are committed to this cause in our agency and in serving all individuals in our community.”
A team of WJCS staff and senior management began education and training sessions 15 years ago, within the agency, to raise awareness of racism and its effects. WJCS has participated in Undoing Racism Workshops and conducts annual Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorations.
The WJCS Undoing Racism Committee encourages staff, partners and community members to become familiar with the pledge and take a Stand Against Racism.
Most recently, the Undoing Racism Alliance Committee has been conducting quarterly Lunch & Learn sessions on various topics related to racism and how to address it. The lunch sessions usually involve a selected topic -- sometimes shown in a video or other material -- and a robust discussion of topics such as being Color Brave, Microaggressions, Unconscious Bias and Structural Racism.
Surveys from staff attending the sessions have indicated that the Lunch & Learn sessions are valuable and stimulate interest in further discussion and action.