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Syracuse Area YWCA Stand Against Racism Week Moves Virtually Due to COVID-19

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The Syracuse Chapter of the YWCA is getting plenty of social media responses from individuals and businesses alike participating virtually during the "Stand Against Racism Week."  The Executive Director believes the conversation is as important now... more than ever.

Fanny Villarreal adds that's due to the stress created by COVID-19 and is causing extreme hardships in already vulnerable populations.

“… With all of the shutting down the businesses, the majority of people who lose their jobs are minorities.”  

The YWCA is recognizing Champion of Diversity Awardees daily this week… businesses and employees that work year-round to eliminate racism and lend a helping hand.

“In the morning we’re going to reveal the new Champion of Diversity for the Day.  In the middle of the afternoon we’re going to provide some racism topics on education.  Then, in the afternoon, we’re gonna call for action!”

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YWCA Syracuse Executive Director Fanny Villarreal is seen here on a trip to NYC. The Statue of Liberty is in the distance.

Groups can get together and share a book about racism.  Villareal’s group is lead by a Syracuse City School Teacher aiming to reach youth.

“How we can learn about racism specifically in the classroom.  Now, I’m not a teacher but, I have a lot of afterschool programs and I want to learn how to do that, as well.” 

For more about the "Stand Against Racism Week" click here.

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