YWCA Hosts 21st Annual Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism & Promote Diversity: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Emad Rahim

Syracuse, NY, April 5, 2019 – YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County, Inc. will hold the 21st Annual Day of Commitment on Thursday, April 25th , at Marriott Downtown Syracuse. The event will feature author, educator, entrepreneur, and TEDx speaker, Dr. Emad Rahim. Dr. Rahim has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes Magazine, and The Humanist.

“The Day of Commitment is important not only for spreading awareness of key issues in Central New York, but for acknowledging the advancement that our community is making toward eradicating these issues. We look forward to this event every year because it gathers community members together in solidarity to inspire further progress to eliminate racism and promote diversity,” said Fanny Villarreal, executive director of the YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County. “We are so excited to have Dr. Emad Rahim as our keynote speaker.  His life’s work and experience embody the mission and vision of YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County. He is not only an inspirational and intelligent professional but an example of resilience. We can’t wait to hear his remarks”.

Themed “No Hate. No Fear.  Creating an Inclusive Community,” the event will include a Community Advocacy and Diversity Workshop Training. The sessions will equip training participants with strategies focused on making Central New York work and community spaces more inclusive and equitable.

The program also features a luncheon and YWCA Academy of Diversity Achievers Induction Ceremony where the 2019 Champion of Opportunity Award will be presented. The 2019 Champion of Opportunity Award recipient is described residents, community leaders, and professionals that have engaged in significant efforts to promote diversity and eliminate racism locally or at a national level. These actions capture the YWCA’s Mission of Eliminating Racism & Empowering Women and strengthen the fabric of our community by helping to advance opportunities for all.

The program also features a luncheon and the YWCA Academy of Diversity Achievers Induction Ceremony where the 2019 Champion of Opportunity Award will be presented. The 2019 Champion of Opportunity Award recipient is described as residents, community leaders, and professionals that have engaged in significant efforts to promote diversity and eliminate racism locally or at a national level. These actions capture the YWCA’s Mission of Eliminating Racism & Empowering Women and strengthen the fabric of our community by helping to advance opportunities for all.

As one of the YWCA’s two annual fundraisers, this event helps support key YWCA programs and services in our community. The most notable of which include:

  • Soccer for Success (Health and Mentoring program),
  • Girls Inc. at the YWCA summer camps,
  • STEM workshops & equipment,
  • Computer and Job Skills training, and the
  • Women’s Residence Program, which helps victims of domestic violence and homelessness in Syracuse get back on their feet and once again actively contribute to society.

How to Register or Support
Head to their Eventbrite page to buy tickets. Registrants may choose to attend both the workshop program and luncheon or simply one or the other, or even reserve a whole table of 10 at the event. All tickets are offered at two price levels – “Nonprofit Staff or Student” and “Corporate.” Sponsorship opportunities are also available at multiple levels that include a variety of benefits.

For More Information

Please call (315) 424-0040 or check out our Facebook event page to stay up-to-date on all the latest details.

YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County, Inc. is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen our community. YWCA Association Name is part of an international movement serving over 2 million in the United States and 25 million worldwide. For comprehensive information about this important work, go to: www.ywca-syracuse.org and www.ywca.org. To donate, visit our webpage or shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) for the AmazonSmile Foundation to donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County, Inc.