AMHERST, Mass. – Some of the hundreds of statements collected at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as part a Stand Against Racism campaign will be displayed Nov. 12-22 at the Student Union Art Gallery.
Each year, on the last Friday of April, YWCAs across the country host Stand Against Racism events to raise awareness about racism and its negative impact on communities. Local YWCAs invite community partners to bring all kinds of people together to explore ways to foster understanding and tolerance and to close racial divides. Originally founded in New Jersey in 2007 by the YWCA Trenton and the YWCA Princeton, Stand Against Racism now attracts thousands of participants across the country each year.
Inspired by the YWCA program, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) at UMass Amherst organized a Pinterest campaign where participants post photos of themselves holding posters expressing why they stand against racism.
Visitors to the gallery will have the opportunity to contribute their own statements to the Pinterest campaign, participate in various interactive exercises, share their thoughts and ideas for building environments where oppression has no space, and enter a raffle.
The exhibit will open on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at noon with a speech by a representative of the NAACP’s Amherst branch. Refreshments will be provided.
The UMass Amherst effort also involved the Women of Color Leadership Network at the Center for Women and Community, the Stonewall Center, Student Activities and Involvement, the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, the Center for Health Promotion, the Black Student Union and the social justice education program.