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YWCA’s 19th Annual Day of Commitment

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 13, 2017


WHEN: Thursday, April 27  |  Workshops run from 8:30 – 11:30 AM | Lunch begins at 12:00 PM

WHERE: Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road

WHAT: The 19th Annual Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism and Promote Diversity is organized by the YWCA and features workshops that “equip participants with the tools to eradicate racism and form a more inclusive and equitable society.” The keynote speakers is Dr. Daria Willis, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Onondaga Community College.

This year’s theme is “A Real Conversation: Addressing the Barriers to Progress in CNY” and includes trainings running on two different tracks: “Delving Deeper: Understanding Inequality in Our Region” and “Making Progress: Creating Solutions That Drive Change.”

Workshops will be led by a variety of community leaders, including our Vice President of Economic Inclusion at CenterState CEO, Dominic Robinson, and Deputy Director, Dan Cowen; Ocesa Keaton, director of Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E.; Barrie Gewanter, executive director of the Onondaga County/Syracuse Human Rights Commission; Bridget Owens, human rights specialist at the Onondaga County/Syracuse Human Rights Commission; Mattie Barone, LGBT program supervisor at ACR Health; and Emad Rahim, Kotouc Endowed Chair, Fulbright Scholar, Belleview University.

At noon the luncheon portion of the event will begin and Dr. Willis will address participants. The event will close with an Induction Ceremony of YWCA’s Academy of Diversity Achievers.

Tickets to the event can be purchased here. For more information about the Annual Day of Commitment, check out YWCA’s website or join the Facebook event page.


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