A-B Tech to Host Community-Wide Stand Against Racism Event March 26

Stand Against Racism flier
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 1 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26 in Ferguson Auditorium on the Asheville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Jacquelyn Hallum, ‎Director of Health Careers and Diversity Education at the Mountain Area Health Education Center, will be the keynote speaker. She will discuss overcoming institutional racism. The event is a part of the national YWCA Stand Against Racism campaign, which is designed to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism. 

Following Hallum’s address, there will be a panel on the history of racism in Asheville and a second panel on how employers in the region are recognizing and addressing organizational racism.

Panel one will feature:

Dr. Darin Waters, UNC Asheville History Department
Housing and how it relates to employment in the Asheville community

Oralene Simmons, MLK Association

Her personal experience growing up in Madison County, being a member of ASCORE, working for the City of Asheville, and being the first African American woman at Mars Hill University

Beth Mazcka, YWCA

How the YW played a role in helping to desegregate Asheville

Sharon West, YMI Cultural Center and the VA Hospital

Medical disparities within Asheville

The second panel will feature:

Lisa Eby, Buncombe County Health and Human Services

What Buncombe County is doing to address institutional racism through employment and services

Darryl Rhymes, A-B Tech Community College

What A-B Tech is doing to address institutional racism through employment

Kelly Goins, WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition

How the 6 largest employers in Buncombe County have come together to provide training and networking to support people of color through gaining employment, retention, promotion and community

Sheriff Van Duncan, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department

How the Sheriff’s Office is addressing institutional racism through employment and training of officers

James Lee, Racial Justice Coalition

How organizations that have a mission or program of racial justice have come together to speak against injustice, provide education on citizen rights and build relationships between community members and law enforcement

Annie Burton, Executive Director of School and Community Engagement at UNC Asheville, will served as moderator for the panels. A reception will follow in the Ferguson Lobby from 4-4:30. Members of the Racial Justice Coalition will have displays available for public viewing during the entire event. 

The YWCA Drop-In Child Care Center will provide free childcare at the YW on S. French Broad Avenue from 1 - 5 p.m. for parents attending this event. Parents will need to provide pertinent information for their children by Friday, March 20. Contact Gerry Leonard, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the YW, at 254-7206, ext. 219 or at gleonard@ywcaofasheville.org.


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