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YWCA & Diversity

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Let our mission be your mission

 YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Diversity is differences in racial and ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic, and academic/professional backgrounds. People with different opinions, backgrounds (degrees and social experience), religious beliefs, political beliefs, sexual orientations, heritage, and life experience

The YWCA supports policies that contribute to the elimination of racism. This includes but is not limited to policies that eliminate racial profiling, increase immigrant rights, retain and strengthen affirmative action, reduce hate crimes and result in increased education on racism and its elimination. The YWCA knows tin order to have a voice in the work against racism, we must also set the example within our own organization.

In 1946, the YWCA began working for integration throughout the entire national organization, adopting an “interracial charter” that established that “wherever there is injustice on the basis of race, whether in the community, the nation, or the world, our protest must be clear and our labor for its removal vigorous and steady.”

That work culminated in the addition of “elimination of racism” to our mission statement in 1970. It is our goal to foster opportunities to engage in open dialogue about race and racism, increase awareness, build coalitions, and transform inequities.

We call on all to pledge to be part of the solution to racial inequities in our country and to join the YWCA in advocating for peace and justice for all.

Did you know?

Eliminating racism might help people live longer! Medical studies show that racial bias, whether overt or subtle, can lead to chronic stress problems among victims & stress can literally alter how our brains work, according to Paula Braveman, director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco.

For the past 10 years, YWCA North Central Indiana has partnered with the South Bend Human Rights Commission to present an annual racial dialogue event called “A Little Taste of Peace.” We have hosted conferences on human trafficking and cultural competency. We have rallied on the steps of the St. Joseph County Courthouse calling for equal pay recognizing that women of color are particularly hard hit by the wage gap. Each year we participate in the YWCA’s national effort “Stand Against Racism” which includes awareness events, panel discussions on social justice, and a pledge from community leaders to take a stand against racism. In 2016 we established the annual Sojourner Truth Award to recognize women in the South Bend/Elkhart Community fighting for racial justice. We have attended and been one of the beneficiaries for Michiana Monologues for many years. Michiana Monologues highlights women of all backgrounds and their struggles. Empowering those who present or identify as women through communication and performance, the Michiana Monologues solicits the anonymous donation of true stories of local women from the Michiana area and turns them into stories.