Stand Against Racism

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. 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.

2019 Stand Against Racism Theme – Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice

This year, YWCA USA invites communities to host activities and hold dialogue around the topic of immigration. We know that immigrant justice is integral to racial justice. All immigrants—regardless of status—deserve to be safe, healthy, and treated with dignity and respect. Too often our stereotypes around immigration are cemented around terms of division, fear, and hate against the stranger among us. YWCA invites you to take a Stand Against Racism. It is critical that we find understanding and ensure the dignity, humanity, and rights of immigrants. Let’s work together to support justice, safety, and opportunity in all communities.

host a Stand Against Racism event

Women of Color Conversation Series

Events featuring leaders in our community as an ongoing collaboration between YWCA Utah, Racially Just Utah, Utah Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Coaliton (UPICEC), Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, Association for Women in Psychology, Utah Coalition of La Raza (UCLR),  and Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA).

See upcoming events.

Women of Color Conversation Series Salt Lake

Woke Words – Women of Color Reading & Writing Series

Woke Words is a new multi-genre creative writing series for young women of color ages 15-25. The eight-month-long program is designed to provide access and exposure to writing by women authors of color; encourage thoughtful discussion around issues of race, gender, and identity; and inspire young writers to give voice to their experiences, forge empowering connections, and create new languages for reaching across cultures and communities.

Woke Words

Learn more about Woke Words.

Ways We Can Each Play a Role

Stand Against Racism Utah

Sign up for YWCAdvocacy Connect to stay current about YWCA Utah policy advocacy.

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.

More Ways to Connect

Tell your Member of Congress to prioritize women of color by supporting concrete policy solutions.

Share your event photos, action items, and important information on social media using #StandAgainstRacism. Email photos and recaps of your event to as well.

Make a tax-deductible donation of $10 in honor of Stand Against Racism’s.

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.