The Saint Louis University Cross Cultural Center and YWCA Metro St. Louis will host a "Stand Against Racism" rally to raise awareness that racism still exists in our communities and to work toward its elimination.
The rally will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the SLU clock tower.
Norman White, Ph.D., director of criminal justice programs and associate professor of sociology and criminal justice, will be the keynote speaker for SLU. He will present "Racism: The Blindness to Its Presence".
Courtney Anvender, current SGA president, will speak about the importance of community and inclusion from a SLU student's perspective.
The Stand Against Racism movement will be hosted across the country by YWCA affiliates to bring people together from all walks of life as a visible demonstration that hundreds of people in communities are willing to take a stand for inclusion, peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.
Stand Against Racism is designed to bring people and organizations together that share in the vision to eliminate racism and celebrate the richness of diversity.
Additionally, the SLU Cross Cultural Center is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect for people of all backgrounds and cultures on campus.
Individuals and groups of any size are encouraged to register for the rally by calling YWCA Director of Racial Justice, Amy Hunter, at 314.531.1115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background: The barriers to eliminating racism are formidable. There are no simple solutions or magic formulas. YWCA has asked the hard and difficult questions of why communities are polarized. YWCA not only wants to face the challenges, it wants to play a key role in finding solutions.
Racial Justice is a hallmark program of YWCA USA. It is a critical part of the YWCA mission and is a reflection of its national brand. It is in large part what distinguishes the YWCA from other socially conscious organizations.
Adapted from the Aspen Institute and the Racial Equity Collaborative, the definition of racism is as follows: "A system of oppression that produces and maintains public policies and institutional practices that result in inequitable racial outcomes." It further states, "In the United States of America, racism reflects aspects of our history that have allowed privileges associated with "whiteness" and disadvantages associated with "color" to endure and adapt over time.
Features of racism that have been structured and normalized in U.S. society include: chronic racial disparities, unequal power relations that perpetuate disparities, general cultural assumptions and stereotypes that allow disparities to go unchallenged."
About Saint Louis University Cross Cultural Center:
In support of Saint Louis University's Jesuit mission, the Cross Cultural Center (CCC) is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect for people of all backgrounds and cultures. It is our mission to teach and foster a climate of multicultural awareness on our campus and surrounding community. We strive to assist our students to be prepared to thrive in a multicultural society. Our efforts are grounded in cultivating awareness, inclusion and engagement through intentional experiences, events and programs.
The Cross Cultural Center's programs and services are available to the Saint Louis University community to provide co-curricular and educational experiences that seeks to broaden knowledge of diversity, multiculturalism and social justice.
About YWCA Metro St. Louis:
YWCA Metro St. Louis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women, developing youth and eliminating racism. It focuses on race equity issues and offers housing for women on the move, early learning, crisis intervention, life skills training, and youth and teen development. YWCA is celebrating 106 years of service to women, children and youth and their families in the St. Louis area.
YWCA is a proud United Way of Greater St. Louis member agency.