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 racism in our communities. YW Boston’s 2020 Stand Against Racism campaign spans the month of April and inspires individuals and workplaces to take action to eliminate racism in Boston. There are many ways to get involved. Join us!

How to participate in Stand Against Racism 2020

Individuals and organizations may choose to participate in any or all of these options

1. Host a digital Stand Against Racism pledge board (or print your own physical copy)

Organizations, community groups, and individual participants are invited to fill out a digital pledge board with messages from your team, colleagues, friends, or family on how each will commit to helping eliminate racism in 2020. You may also choose to receive a printable file so you can place your own print order. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19), in-person pledge board pick-ups have been cancelled. We will provide all participants with their own online digital pledge boards. You may also choose to print out your own boards.

2. Convene and host a discussion around exclusive curated content

With your team, colleagues, friends, or family, host a conversation around an article, book or video selected by YW Boston’s guest curators. Our curators come from diverse fields and are actively working to end racism in their communities and create a more equitable society for all. Upon registration, you’ll receive access to our Stand Against Racism 2020 curated content. In accordance to safety recommendations amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19), please consider hosting these conversations online.

3. Create a Stand Against Racism fundraiser

All fundraisers who meet their goals will be entered to win two complimentary tickets ($150+) to the 2020 Academy of Women Achievers Luncheon. Learn more about how to begin your peer-to-peer fundraiser.

4. Amplify YW Boston’s Stand Against Racism

Help us spread awareness about the campaign! Share your photos and pledges on social media using the hashtags #BostonRacialEquity, #YWeStand and #StandAgainstRacism. Tag @ywboston and we will include all photos shared by April 29th in our Stand Against Racism video recap.


Important message regarding YW Boston’s 2020 Stand Against Racism Campaign and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Stand Against Racism is an important campaign that raises awareness and inspires action to eliminate racism in Boston and beyond. We know that the important conversations this campaign inspires cannot wait. However, YW Boston acknowledges concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus and we consider the safety of our community to be a top priority. For this reason, YW Boston’s Stand Against Racism campaign will be taking place online. As organizations and communities practice social distancing and transition to remote work, the Stand Against Racism campaign presents an opportunity to practice online community building and combat isolation. 


Registration is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated in the April 2020 Stand Against Racism campaign!

Questions or concerns? Please contact Coralys Negretti, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, at

Thank you to our Stand Against Racism 2020 Curator Committee

Sparkle Calhoun, Administrative Coordinator at Holland & Knight LLP
Breannah Conward-Lewis, Workforce Development Specialist at Partners Healthcare
Keith Marion, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Business Strategist at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Sharifah Niles-Lane, Vice President, Digital Marketing and Social Media Manager at Eastern Bank
Sarah Peterson, Program Manager, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Keyanna Silverman, Diversity Initiatives and Research Manager for the City of Boston