Stand Against Racism is a nationwide YWCA movement. Every year, the Stand campaign brings people together from all walks of life to raise awareness and empower action toward eliminating racism. 

A “Stand” is an event, private or public, hosted by a registered site where participants gather to take a pledge to stand against racism. Any group of any size can become a participating site: corporations large or small, schools (from elementary schools to universities), government agencies, nonprofit or civic organizations, hospitals, places of worship, even two neighbors gathered around a kitchen table can host a “Stand.” Stand Against Racism is observed on the last Friday of April every year.

2017 Stand

Friday, April 28

YW Boston will hold a 2017 Stand Against Racism event in April, on or near the official YWCA USA Stand Against Racism date of April 28. Details to be released in early 2017. Organizations wishing to hold their own Stand Against Racism event can learn more and register online with YWCA USA. In addition to registering your event, you will also be able to find information regarding other Stands taking place in the Greater Boston area, order toolkit supplies (buttons, stickers, etc), and get ideas for possible Stands topics/formats that have been successful in the past. 

2016 Stand


In recognition of YW Boston’s 150th anniversary, we convened a special event for 2016 Stand Against Racism. “Stand Against Racism – The State of Race and the Way Forward: A Community Conversation” was moderated by Callie Crossley and featured panelists Michael Jeffries and Verna Myers.

Missed this inspiring event? Check out the takeaways and calls to action on our blog. 

Partners Standing in Boston 

Over 50 organizations and groups have joined with YWCA to Stand Against Racism in Boston. Partners come from across all sectors and neighborhoods. Previous partners have included:

Educational Institutions

Academy of the Pacific Rim, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Ellis Mendell Elementary School, JFK Presidential Library & Museum, Simmons College- Scott-Ross Center

Nonprofits and Community Groups 

Boston Children’s Chorus, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Home for Little Wanders, Roxbury Youthworks, Inc, Trinity Church-Anti Racism Team

Health and Health Care

Neighborhood Health Plan, Boston Alliance for Community Health, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mass General Hospital

Corporations and Businesses

Big Idea Bookstore, Boston Common Asset Management, Eastern Bank, Holland & Knight, Krokidas & Bluestein, LLP, Modera Wealth, Maloney Property, Inc

Public Agencies

Boston Police Department, City of Boston, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), Office of Mass Attorney General