UMass Amherst to Participate in National YWCA Take a Stand against Racism Day on April 26

April 22, 2013

Contact: Daniel J. Fitzgibbons 413/545-0444

AMHERST, Mass. – As part of National YWCA Take a Stand Against Racism Day on Friday, April 26, several University of Massachusetts Amherst programs are sponsoring campus events focused on civil rights, the legal system and social justice.
 
The program opens at noon with a Stand Against Racism Walk starting at Haigis Mall in front of the Fine Arts Center.
 
From 1-6 p.m. in 201 Wilder Hall, there will be series of presentations, including speakers, a film screening, media gallery, student testimonials and performances.
 
Shelley Perdomo, director of the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) will give opening remarks.
 
At 1:10, a panel will discuss “Building Strong and Diverse Communities: Taking Action to Prevent and Reduce Acts of Racial Hatred.” The panelists are U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Debora Ferreira, executive director of equal opportunity and diversity at UMass Amherst, and Amilcar Shabazz, faculty advisor to the chancellor for diversity and excellence and professor of Afro-American studies at UMass Amherst.
 
The participating UMass Amherst programs are CMASS, the Women of Color Leadership Network (WOCLN) at the Center for Women & Community, the Stonewall Center, Student Activities and Involvement, Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, Center for Health Promotion, Black Student Union and Social Justice Education.