Racial justice is what we do! The YWCA has had racial justice at the core of its work since the late 1800s, from organizing the first interracial conference held in a southern state in 1915 to the official addition of “elimination of racism” to its organizational mission statement in the late 1980s. YWCA Carlisle is honored to serve the mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and girls, and promoting peace, justice freedom, and dignity for all. We support our mission through programs and initiatives such as the Annual Race Against Racism, the Youth Leadership Conference, Girl Power, and ongoing Community Dialogues.YWCA Carlisle supports a definition of racial justice that calls for the “systemic fair treatment of people of all races that results in equitable opportunities and outcomes for everyone.”
YWCA Carlisle believes that racism is any attitude, action, policy, or institutional structure that systematically disadvantages a person or group of people on the basis of race, skin color, ethnicity or national origin. Further, we believe that institutional racism is manifested through established laws, customs, and practices that reflect and product racial inequalities. It is primarily through the power of the people who control these institutions that racist policies and practices are reinforced and legitimized.
YWCA Carlisle Racial Justice Award Criteria
YWCA Carlisle’s Racial Justice Award honors a community member, business or organization with outstanding commitment to eliminating racism and fostering social justice by removing barriers to equal access resulting in social advancement for all people. As a champion of racial justice, they seek opportunities to attain a common vision for peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. YWCA Carlisle seeks nominations for residents of Cumberland County who meet the following criteria:
- The nominee models/exemplifies a commitment to inclusiveness and racial harmony in a way that strengthens race relations, AND/OR
- The nominee has led or aided efforts to address racism within their community, place of work, institutions, community agency, etc., AND/OR
- The nominee works with other agencies or organizations to eliminate racism within their community.
If you know someone who meets the above criteria, please complete the nomination form and return it firstname.lastname@example.org.