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Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism Utah CapitolStand 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. Founded by YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, YWCA Utah took a Stand Against Racism in 2011 and continues to participate annually as part of our mission to eliminate racism.


Stand Against Racism 2018

Our Power, Our Mission, Our Future

April 26-29

Voting rights and civic engagement are, and have always been, core components of racial justice work. 

Learn how to host a Stand Against Racism event.


Women of Color Conversation Series focusing on Stand Against Racism with Civic Engagement

Thursday, April 26, 2018 join us for the next event in the Women of Color Conversation Series focusing on Stand Against Racism with Civic Engagement. Panelists will discuss how civic engagement serves as a tool for eliminating racism.

This is a free event, but there is limited seating - register now.


2018 Stand Against Racism Essay Contest: Our Power, Our Mission, Our Future

Open to young women ages 12-18

Grand Prize award: $500 scholarship

We are seeking 1,000 word essays discussing the importance of political and community engagement for young women of color.

Essays are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018.

See contest rules.


5 ways to work for women's empowerment and racial justice


LISTEN and BELIEVE what people tell you about the challenges they experience.

EDUCATE yourself about racial and gender disparities, and pay attention to the impact of current and proposed policies and practices on these disparities.

SPEAK UP when you observe injustice and underrepresentation (including calling attention to situations where women and people of color are absent in the workplace, in public office, in the media, etc.).

CONNECT with friends and colleagues who care about these issues, and seek new connections regularly.

Become a YWCA Utah member.


Stand Against Racism Decal Utah

Here are more ways we can each play a role:

Serve: dedicate time, money & volunteer

Elect: vote (register to vote or update voter information in Utah), volunteer polls/campaign, and financially support candidates

Organize: together advocate for the shared needs of community, change policies & institutions

See the W.K. Kellog Foundation Racial Equity Resource Guide.

Sign up to stay current about YWCA Utah policy advocacy.

Order a Stand Against Racism in Utah Decal

Past Events


Read We Will Not Normalize Racism in response to events in Charlottesville.



YWCA Utah is proud to partner with Racially Just Utah for a spoken word, music, and storytelling event Thursday, June 8 from 6 PM to 9:30 PM at Salt Lake Community College South City Campus. We want to hear your stories and experiences dealing with race, culture & identity in Utah.

Learn more about this free event.  

YWCA Utah staff and friends joined in taking a #StandAgainstRacism by writing names of women of color who have inspired them on this collaborative piece displayed in the Center for Families at the YWCA.

    Stand Against Racism


Stand Against Racism Panel Discussion: Women of Color Who Inspired or Influenced You on April 27 - YWCA Utah, Racially Just Utah, Utah Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Coalition, PANDOS, and UCLR

YWCA Young Women's Council 2017 Stand Against Racism Essay Contest Women of Color Leading Change

Stand Against Racism Essay Contest





 Learn More & Read Essays








More Stands in Utah

Cracking the Codes Film & Panel Discussion Co-Sponsored by Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Diversity & Human Rights

Stand Against Racism with Salt Lake County

More Ways to Connect

  1. Tell your Member of Congress to prioritize women of color by supporting concrete policy solutions.
  2. Share your event photos, action items, and important information on social media using #StandAgainstRacism. Email photos and recaps of your event to communications@ywca.org as well!
  3. Check out YWCA USA's Interim CEO Casey Harden's interview with Women's eNews Live discussing women of color leadership and this year's campaign.
  4. Make a tax deductible donation of $10 in honor of Stand Against Racism's 10th anniversary!
  5. Read the YWCA blog for spotlights on women of color leaders, deep dives into policy solutions that work, and other great Stand Against Racism content.

Learn more about Stand Against Racism and how to host your own stand.