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.

The 2021 Stand Against Racism campaign spans the month of April and inspires individuals and workplaces to take action to eliminate racism. For the first time this year, the Alliance of YWCAs of Massachusetts has come together to host Stand Against Racism together, in order to reach a wider audience and engage more individuals across Massachusetts. There are many ways to get involved. Join us!

How to participate in Stand Against Racism 2021

This is a primarily virtual campaign. Individuals and organizations may choose to participate in any or all of these options:

1. Fill out your own digital Stand Against Racism pledge board

Organizations, 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 2021. (You may also choose to receive a file to print out a physical board.) As we approach the month of April, we will provide participants with their own digital pledge boards, which you can share and fill out online.

2. Convene and host a discussion using our exclusive curated content

With your team, colleagues, friends, or family, host a conversation around an article, book, or video from our exclusive content library curated by this year’s Stand Against Racism guest curators. Our curators come from diverse fields and are actively working to achieve greater racial equity. As we approach the month of April, participants will receive access to our Stand Against Racism 2021 curated content library. Please take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and others safe during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Consider holding your conversations virtually through video conferencing or in-person only with those in your household. Please note: Curators will not participate in discussions.

Here are our 2021 Stand Against Racism curators:

  • Laurel Berryman, Activist, Former Racial & Gender Equity Program Coordinator, YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts
  • Dr. Matilde Castiel, City of Worcester’s Commissioner of Health and Human Services
  • Damon Hart, Executive Vice President, Deputy Chief Legal Officer at Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Jennifer Hedrington, 2021 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year
  • Irene Li, Co-Founder of Mei Mei Restaurant Group
  • Devin and Jason McCourty, Professional Football Players and members of the New England Patriots
  • Eva Millona, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
  • Wendy Mota, Program Manager with the Children’s Team, Futures Without Violence
  • Dr. Kenvi Phillips, Johanna-Marie Fraenkel Curator for Race and Ethnicity, Harvard Radcliffe’s Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
  • Ketshaly Philome, Lead Organizer, Curriculum Reform Committee, Malden High’s Students for Racial Equity committee
  • Dr. Julia Rodriguez, Professor of History, University of New Hampshire
  • Billy Zeng, Youth Board Member, Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition

3. Amplify the Alliance of YWCAs of MA’s Stand Against Racism

Help us raise awareness about the campaign! Share your photos and pledges on social media using the hashtags #YWeStand and #StandAgainstRacism. Tag @ywboston and we will include all photos shared by April 30th in our Stand Against Racism recap.


2021 Stand Against Racism Campaign and COVID-19

Due to CDC recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2021 Stand Against Racism 2021 is fully digital. As we continue to practice social distancing, the Stand Against Racism campaign presents an opportunity to build community remotely and combat isolation.


Thank you to everyone who registered for the 2021 Stand Against Racism campaign! Registration is now closed.

Alliance of YWCAs of Massachusetts Stand Against Racism

This year, the Alliance of YWCAs of Massachusetts have teamed up to host our biggest Stand Against Racism campaign yet. Each branch shares YWCA USA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women. To learn more about your local YWCA and how we are each working towards greater equity in MA, please visit:

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