YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley

Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism 2022 Challenge

Stand Against Racism is an annual campaign, coordinated by YWCA USA, meant to bring communities together through an issue or cause that inspires them to take a #StandAgainstRacism and to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice.

This year on April 4th, YWCA is launching the first ever Stand Against Racism Challenge, a virtual learning tool 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.

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Similar to YWCA's 21 Day Challenge, participants will be presented with 21 days of impactful challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.


YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley joins sister YWCAs across the country in hosting the first ever Stand Against Racism Challenge. Join us and register TODAY!


Whether this is your first step to racial equity, or you are a social justice expert, this year’s Stand Against Racism Challenge is full of all-new, actionable steps to create change in our communities. Commit to antiracism and register for the challenge now.

Stand Against Racism 2021

YWCA USA Virtual Town Hall

Topic: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis

About the Event: Public health is — and always has been — central to racial justice work. In this virtual town hall event, Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis, YWCA USA will convene a panel of trailblazers who have been central to declaring and addressing racism as a public health crisis.

We discussed the connections between racism and public health outcomes, how to implement public health practices to effectively identify and address racial injustice in our communities, and community engagement and public policy strategies to advance racial equity through a public health lens.

This powerful event uplifted the voices of public health professionals, advocates, and trailblazers doing the work to improve the future for people of color!