2022 Day of Commitment

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The YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism

Every spring the YWCA partners with diversity champions across Central New York to host the Stand Against Racism Walk and the Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism and Promote Diversity. These events are an opportunity to advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. By dedicating ourselves to progress, we strengthen our community today and tomorrow.

This year’s Stand Against Racism Walk, Action is Key, was held on Tuesday, April 26. Our 24th Annual Day of Commitment, presented by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, took place on Thursday, April 28. This year’s theme was Building an Equitable Society from Community to Companies.

Many thanks to all those who participated in the Day of Commitment, including:

  • Holly Snow, Director of Community Investments and Partnerships at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Tamika Otis, Corporate Responsibility & Community Relations Officer at KeyBank; CEO & Principal of Kabod Consulting Group
  • Tai Shaw, President of CNY Uniforms Plus
  • Jess Cohen, LGBTQ+ Education Coordinator at Trillium Health
  • Susanna Speed, Senior Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Trillium Health
  • Amy Cronin, Executive Director of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium
  • Lekia Hill, Community Outreach & Diversity Coordinator at Hueber-Breuer Construction
  • Chol Majok, 3rd District Common Councilor for the City of Syracuse
  • Maria Maldonado-Lewis, Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) and Inclusion Diversity Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Manager for the City of Syracuse, NBD
  • Dominic Robinson, Vice President of Economic Inclusion at CenterState CEO
  • Monica Williams, Chief Diversity Officer for the Onondaga County Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Bishop Colette Matthews-Carter, President of the NAACP Syracuse Onondaga and Director of The El-Hindi Center for Dialogue & Action at InterFaith Works of Central New York
  • Pam Brunet, Executive Director of Leadership Greater Syracuse

Congratulations again to the 2022 YWCA Champions of Diversity Awardees: 

  • Shawni Davis, President & CEO of Luminary Electrical
  • Dr. Lemir Teron, Assistant Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
  • Eric Derachio Jackson Jr., CEO & Co-Founder of Black Cub Productions