As released by the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg:

Key Leaders Come Together to Understand & Address Issues of Racism

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting pilot project that brings together key leaders from the region’s government, business, education, civil rights, criminal justice, media and non-profit sectors to look deeply into the complex dynamics of race and racism in the Harrisburg area. The YWCA looks forward to how this group of influential individuals will work together to tackle the challenging issues of racism in our community.

“How truly awesome to have such a wonderful diversity of individuals who potentially can become anti-racism champions,” says Pat Gadsden, Founder & Director of Life Esteem. She, along with Nick Miron, Racial & Gender Equality Advocate at the Lancaster YWCA, will be facilitating these sessions.

Using a model successfully implemented across the nation, this series of six facilitated discussions is designed to help individuals ‘unpack’ the ways that racism manifests itself at the personal, organizational and systemic levels. Participants will come away with tools for taking action to deconstruct racism in their respective spheres of influence.

“Eliminating racism is core to our mission,” says Tina Nixon, CEO of the YWCA Greater Harrisburg. “This initiative allows us to continue to champion diversity and inclusion. We are happy that we have new voices to join the conversation and help us impact our community.”

“Because the YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism in our community, sponsoring the ‘Let’s Talk’ discussion series is one essential element of fulfilling our mission,” says Dr. Kim Phipps, President of Messiah College, who serves as Chair of the YWCA’s Racial Justice Committee. “We are very pleased by the responsiveness of Harrisburg leaders who have agreed to participate. The board and staff of the YWCA see this series as an important step to fulfilling the vision of the Harrisburg community as a place of affirmation and hospitality to all its residents.”

The YWCA’s commitment to “eliminating racism” is at the core of our mission, and this initiative marks our latest effort to create a stronger, more inclusive community in which all people feel safe and valued, have equal access to opportunities and services, and are free from prejudice and discrimination. Contact Amanda Arbour at 234-7931 to find out how you can be involved in our racial justice programs.

Participating Organizations:

    • Central PA Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
    • City Councilman Brad Koplinski
    • City Councilwoman Shamaine Daniels
    • Dauphin County Public Defender’s Office
    • Harrisburg Area Community College
    • Harrisburg Bureau of Police
    • Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
    • Harrisburg School District
    • IMC of Greater Harrisburg
    • Latino Hispanic American Community Center
    • LGBT Center of Central PA
    • Martin Luther King Leadership Development Institute
    • NAACP
    • Papenfuse Administration
    • PennLive/The Patriot-News
    • Susquehanna Township Police Department
    • Swatara Township Police Department
    • Today’s the Day Harrisburg
    • United Way of the Capital Region
    • YWCA Greater Harrisburg
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Tara Leo Auchey

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