Racial Justice

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Eliminating Racism is at the heart of YWCA of Alton and throughout our Racial Justice Programs and Events, we aspire to function as an educator and a convener to address and end racism in our communities.

YWCA of Alton aims to provide the community with the tools necessary to facilitate conversations about racism and discrimination, and the resources needed to create solutions to conflict.  We believe that an enhanced understanding of racial justice issues will promote peaceful relationships and will create a safe, nurturing environment in which all members of our community can thrive.

Forms of Racism:

Individual Racism takes the form of individual attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors. Some examples of racist attitudes are racial prejudice, belittling, jealousy, and bigotry. Examples of racist beliefs are racial stereotypes, the belief that some races are better than others and even include the belief that people can be classified according to race in the first place.

Institutional or Systematic Racism takes the form of the practices, customs, rules, and standards of organizations that unnecessarily disadvantage people because of their race, color, or ethnicity. They do not always involve differences in treatment. Educational requirements that are not related to actual job duties are one example.

Ways YOU can make a difference:

Add your voice in issues critical to women and their families.

Help others understand the importance of racial and gender equality.

Join the Social Justice committee and make a difference in your community.

Get involved.  Join the Racial Justice Committee.  Attend a YWCA Racial Justice Event.


  • Address Systemic & Institutional Racism
  • Participate in racial and social justice programming
  • Object to discriminatory jokes and insults
  • Encourage dialogues on racism

Make the elimination of racism a priority

Racial Justice Committee and Events