Stand Against Racism

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Join us in our mission of eliminating racism and help us raise awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism during our national Stand Against Racism campaign.

Every day, we take a Stand Against Racism by raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism and by building community among those who work for racial justice. Now it’s your turn. We can’t do it alone.  

Take the YWCA Racial Justice Challenge

The YWCA Racial Justice Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. The Challenge works to foster personal reflection, encourage social responsibility, and motivate participants to identify and act on ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.


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Stand Against Racism Community Breakfast:

Join us on Friday, April 28 at 8:00AM  at DCU Club, Polar Park for our 2023 Stand Against Racism Community Breakfast event.

Program will start at 8:00 a.m. Upon arrival, please enter at Gate D for security check and take the elevator to 3rd floor.

Hear from our featured speaker Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Ph.D., MPH. MA, Director, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, UMass Boston.

The United States is in the midst of a maternal health crisis. Women of color, particularly black women, continue to be at greater risk of poor birth outcomes and complications as compared to white women. Through her keynote, Dr. Nsiah-Jefferson will highlight the role and legacy of structural and institutional racism and discrimination, that have historically resulted in a lack of use, and access to high-quality health and maternity care for women of color. She will also highlight the role of other social and political factors that facilitate inequities in maternal care and outcomes.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available.

Accessible communication for the deaf or hard of hearing is available, please contact if this service is needed.



Venue Information






Polar Park: 100 Madison Street , Worcester, MA 01608

Program will start at 8:00 a.m. Upon arrival, please enter at Gate D for security check and take the elevator to 3rd floor.

Parking Information

Parking available at the Green Island Boulevard Garage or other alternative parking here.



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Ally Sponsors

Bay State Savings
Clark University
Fontaine Community Foundation
LUK, Inc
Uni Bank

Featured Speaker: 

Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson is the director for the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston, and graduate program director for the Gender, Leadership and Public Policy graduate certificate program. In 2018 she was a Visiting Professor in the same program. She has held faculty and senior scientist positions at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where she was affiliated with the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, and the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy. 

In prior academic roles, Nsiah-Jefferson has headed efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Heller School, and was the concentration head for women, gender, and sexuality studies for the Master’s in Public Policy Program. Nsiah-Jefferson has served as affiliate faculty with the Health, Science, Society and Policy Program, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program, and the African and Afro-American Studies Department at Brandeis University. She is also an affiliate of the Intersectionality Institute for Policy and Research, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia. She was recently appointed associate research professor at the University of North Carolina, College of Health and Human Services.

Nsiah-Jefferson earned a PhD in social policy with a concentration in Health Policy/ Health Services from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and a master’s in women and gender studies from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis University. She also received a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Services Administration from Yale University School of Medicine, Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health. In addition, she holds a BA in African and Afro-American studies and politics from Brandeis University.