Stand Against Racism 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
YWCA Spokane
930 N Monroe
Comstock Room
Spokane, WA 99201
United States

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We are thrilled at the passionate interest we have received for this year's Stand Against Racism event. We have reached maximum capacity for registrations for this event due to the space limitations of the venue. We hope you can join us again next year for YWCA's Annual Stand Against Racism courageous conversation. Please direct any questions to 509-789-9305 or email 

Stand Against Racism is a Signature Campaign of YWCA USA. YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. Over 250,000 people across the country take a Stand Against Racism each year. Learn more about YWCA USA’s nationwide 2017 Stand Against Racism efforts.


YWCA Spokane contributes to this critical movement by hosting a public event every April that engages in open and honest dialogue to confront stereotypes and bias as a community. Each courageous conversation provides an opportunity to broaden perspectives, learn new tools, and connect with a diverse community of citizens passionate about eliminating racism in our community.

YWCA’s 2017 Stand Against Racism keynote speaker, Erin Jones, will presents this year’s courageous conversation, “Building Bridges, Not Walls, In Times Of Conflict”. The free, public gathering will be held at YWCA Spokane, 930 N Monroe Street, Spokane, in the Comstock room which is connected directly to the atrium. Parking will be available on both the north and south side parking lots. Additional pay-for parking is also available in near by lots.

This event will begin directly at 11:30am on Friday April 28th, and will end promptly at 1:30pm to ensure we respect your time and schedule. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. This is a kid friendly event. All are welcome and encouraged to join us.


Erin Jones3Erin Jones has been working in and around schools for the past 25 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly African American to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while teaching French Immersion at Stewart Middle School in Tacoma, and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching at Rogers High School in Spokane.

She served under two state superintendents – half a year year as a Director for Dr. Terry Bergeson and 3 years as Assistant Superintendent on the executive leadership team for Superintendent Randy Dorn. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a “Champion of Change.” In 2015 Erin earned recognition as PTA Educator of the Year for her testimony in the McCleary education funding case.

Erin left her role as the Director of a large college-access program in Tacoma School District to pursue her campaign for Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction full-time. Erin was the first African-American woman to run for executive office in the state of Washington and lost by a mere 1%. Since she ended her campaign for office, she has spoken to over 20,000 students. Erin has two children in college, one who works full-time for Xerox, and a husband, James, who is a high school teacher in Lacey.


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