Advancing our Anti-Racism Journey

Advancing our Anti-Racism Journey

a response to the crisis of racism

In recent years, the seemingly endless incidents of racist violence against individuals and communities of color across our country have forced us to reckon with a painful truth: systemic racism is alive and well in the United States. That realization has compelled us to become an anti-racist, multicultural organization – an organization that intentionally promotes inclusion in all aspects, ensures and sustains diverse representation in our leadership, and leads social change in our communities through anti-racist policies, words and actions.

To help support the Y on this journey, leaders from the Y’s African American CEOs Network and Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Network have hosted a series of virtual town halls to help participants unlearn systemic racism and hold brave spaces for dialogue and healing. Many of these events are open to the broader Y family and opportunities to participate will be highlighted on this page as they are available.

Since July 2020, attendees have heard from a host of knowledgeable, passionate and influential speakers on the devastating intergenerational impact of racism and the need for us to work to dismantle the systems designed to divide us and rebuild sustainable ones to achieve equity for all.

Below you will find anti-racism and equity resources and tools, as well as recordings from these events, to help us all consider and act on the role we can play, individually and collectively, to address the racism and racial inequities that affect us all each day.

Anti-Racism Resources

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Roar With Us

Hosted by the Y’s Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Network

May 12, 2021

Town Hall Speaker Recordings

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  • BD Wong, Actor

    BD Wong is an acclaimed actor in films including Bird Box, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Jurassic World, The Normal Heart, Focus, Mulan (1 & 2), The Salton Sea, Executive Decision, Seven Years In Tibet, Jurassic Park, Father of the Bride (1 & 2) and The Freshman.

  • Senator Tammy Duckworth,United States Senator for Illinois

  • Connie Lim, ‘Milck,’ Artist and Activist

  • Connie Chung Joe, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Unlearning Systemic Racism

Hosted by the Y’s African American CEOs Network

July 1, 2020

Town Hall Speaker Recordings

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  • Nate Burleson, Former NFL Player and Sports Commentator

  • Rev. Daniel Hill, Author of White Awake; White Lies; and 10:10: Life to the Fullest

  • Steve Kerr, Head Coach, Golden State Warriors

  • Mayor Steven Reed, City of Montgomery, Alabama

Town Hall Speaker Recordings

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  • Dr. Kimberly Richards, The People's Institute for Survival & Beyond

  • Kevin Washington, President and CEO, YMCA of the USA

  • A Panel of YMCA CEOs