Stand Against Racism


For the last two years, YWCA Mohawk Valley has participated in the national Stand Against Racism campaign led by the national YWCA organization. This year, YWCA MV partnered with local agencies and schools to bring together a calendar of events spanning the three-day SAR campaign.
In addition to supporting and participating in two events hosted at Herkimer College on April 28 and 29, YWCA MV also participated in co-hosting an Open Mic night Thursday, April 28, at The Tramontane Cafe in Utica, which focused on eliminating racism by raising awareness.

A Local Women of Color Leading Change panel discussion was presented by YWCA MV at the DeSales Center Auditorium, on Genesee Street, in Utica, on Friday, April 29.

The esteemed panel of guests included:
o Phyllis Breland – Director, Opportunity Programs/Interim Director Diversity & Inclusion, Hamilton College
o Evon Ervin – Deputy Director, Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency
o Katherin Flores – Systems Engineer Associate, Lockheed Martin
o Dietra Harvey – Sole Proprietor/Engagement Consultant, Destiny Does Happen
o Pastor Kathy Hughes – Deliverance First Ministries Church of Living God
o Dawn Laguerre – Director of Media & Marketing, Advocacy Welcomes Empowerment
o Jeannette Lenoir – Founder, ePluribus: America
o Dr. Cheryl Minor – Principal, Watson Williams Elementary School

Our partners for this year’s Stand Against Racism event included:
o Mohawk Valley Latino Association
o Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees
o United Way
o The Tramontane Cafè
o Excellus Bluecross Blueshield
o Mami (Multicultural Association of Medical Interpreters)
o Utica College
o Herkimer College

YWCA MV also asked the community to sign a pledge against racism, as was done last year, at our first event.

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA 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. This campaign is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. The theme for this year is Women of Color Leading Change.

Over 2,000 organizations across the country participate in Stand Against Racism, and we are proud to be holding multiple events right here in Central New York. Please check out our Facebook event page here: Also, if you’d like more information on the national Stand Against Racism campaign, go to

  • Open Mic @ the TRAM - April 27, 7:30 p.m.

    Open Mic Night @ the TRAM
    Thursday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
  • Upcoming Events

    Stand Against Racism, 2017
    April 27-30, 2017
    This year's Stand Against Racism celebrates Women of Color Leading Change.