Racial Justice

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Racism is deeply imbedded in our society and has a significant impact on each one of us and each person who walks through our doors – whether aware or not.
The goal of the Racial Justice Program at the YWCA is:
To counter racism in ourselves and in our community through education, awareness and empowerment. 
We define Racial Justice as:
The proactive reinforcement of policies, practices, attitudes and actions that produce equitable power, access, opportunities, treatment, impacts and outcomes for all.
The outcome we strive for is that all people have full participation and access to the benefits and institutions of society – including health care and education, safe and affordable neighborhoods, viable and sustainable employment, and the right to vote – and are free from discrimination, hate and harassment.
The YWCA engages both staff and community members in directing our Racial Justice efforts through our:
  • Racial Justice Committee (comprised of a diverse group of community leaders)
  • Racial Justice Staff Advisory Council (comprised of interested staff)


To learn more about Racial Justice at the YWCA Greater Harrisburg, please contact:

Amanda Arbour
Racial Justice Development Specialist
1101 Market St.
Harrisburg, PA  17103
(717) 234-7931 x3057
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