2023 YWCA Champions of Diversity Award Nominations

25th Anniversary Celebration

“Until Justice Just Is”



The 2023 YWCA Champions of Diversity Award will be presented to 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 and empowering women, and they strengthen the fabric of our community by helping to advance opportunities for all.

Awardees will be publicly recognized and inducted into the YWCA Diversity Achievers Academy during the 25th Annual Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism and Promote Diversity. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, April 27, at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. In addition to be honored at the Day of Commitment luncheon, the 2023 Awardees will be celebrated online through the YWCA’s social media platforms and e-newsletters. The Awardees’ organizations/employers will also be included in each online highlight. 

The YWCA is proud to have honored over 400 Champion of Diversity Awardees since 2000! To see the full list of previous award recipients, click here.


Please take a moment to nominate an individuals at your company, organization, church, student association, college, or local neighborhood who is taking active measures to promote diversity and/or organizing campaigns aimed at increasing inclusion, tolerance, and interracial dialogue.

The nominee should be a resident of Central New York and demonstrate two or more of the following criteria:

  • The individual embodies and defends the values of justice, peace, dignity, and equality
  • The individual is actively leading or participating in programs that embrace and promote diversity and inclusion
  • The individual’s work supports opportunities for women’s growth and leadership
  • Through their work or advocacy, the individual is creating opportunities for persons and professionals of color

Nominations are now closed. If you submitted a candidate for consideration, you will be contacted the week of March 19 with an update on their nomination status.