A-B Tech to Host Community-Wide Stand Against Racism Event April 7

March 16, 2015

A-B Tech Community College and the YWCA of Asheville are partnering to bring a community-wide Stand Against Racism event to the college from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7 in Ferguson Auditorium on the Asheville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part a larger national strategy to fulfill the YWCA's mission of eliminating racism.

This year's event is titled, Ban the Box: Promote Employment Fairness. The event features two panel discussions that explore efforts to remove the box that asks about criminal records from employment applications. Panel one features employers who have voluntarily removed the box in an effort to ensure that individuals who have paid their debt to society are treated fairly. Panel two features resource providers that help formerly incarcerated individuals find gainful employment and success stories from individuals who were hired despite having a criminal record.

Panel one will feature:

  • Dorian Dehnel, Criminal Record Check.com, Vice President
  • Kelley Dickens, City of Asheville, Human Resources Director
  • Sheila Meadows, Mission Health Systems, Vice President of Human Resources
  • Kaye Waugh, A-B Tech, Vice President of Human Resources

Panel two will feature:

  • Brent Bailey, Buncombe County Reentry Council, Coordinator
  • Philip Cooper, A-B Tech, Administrative Assistant , Student Counseling
  • Vanessa James, NC Dept. of Commerce, Regional Former Offender Specialist
  • Dana Bartlett, Goodwill Re-Entry Program, Project Re-entry Coordinator

Dr. Joseph Fox, coordinator of the WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition, will serve as moderator for panel one and Stephen Smith, creator of the Prison Reentry Roundtable, will serve as moderator for panel two. Relevant community organizations will have tables in the lobby throughout the event to provide information and literature on the resources they provide. Light refreshments will be provided by Mission Health.

The YWCA Empowerment Child Care Center will provide free childcare at the YWCA on S. French Broad Avenue for parents attending this event. To make a reservation, contact Gerry Leonard, Volunteer and Racial Justice Coordinator, at 254-7206, ext. 219 or at gleonard@ywcaofasheville.org.

 

Participating employers include:

  • City of Asheville
  • Mission Health
  • A-B Tech
  • YWCA of Asheville
  • Reentry Council
  • Criminal Record  Check
  • Goodwill
  • Diversity Engagement Coalition
  • HR Association
  • Green Opportunities
  • Center for Participatory Change 
  • Racial Equity Institute (REI) Training

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part a larger national strategy to fulfill the YWCA's mission of eliminating racism.


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