Racial Justice

YWCA Clark County is committed to racial justice by working to eliminate racism and other forms of oppression through education, awareness and engagement. By increasing civic engagement toward the elimination of racism and oppression, we can create respectful living, learning and working environments and build inclusive communities.

We recognize that racial justice requires a community effort, and we applaud those in Clark County who advocate for racial justice through their leadership and community involvement. Annually, we recognize those leaders of peace, justice, freedom, and dignity with the Val Joshua Racial Justice Awards. We also have joined more than 500 groups across the country to participate in an annual nationwide Stand Against Racism.

Val Joshua Racial Justice Awards

The Val Joshua Award was originally given to Val Joshua in recognition of her life-long commitment and work toward the elimination of racism in 1989. Today, we give two awards to recognize people in our community who are working toward ending oppression, the Val Joshua Racial Justice Award and the Youth Social Justice Award. The awards are presented annually to individuals, groups, businesses, or organizations who have demonstrated leadership in working toward eliminating racism and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.

The nomination period for the awards has closed. Please join us at the Juneteenth Celebration on June 23rd from 1-6pm, when we will honor the award recipients.

Val Joshua Racial Justice Award Recipients

1989 Val Joshua
1991 Jim Belton and Joan Stout
1992 Dave Radke
1993 Jerry King and Leann Johnson
1994 Randy Wulff and Community AME Zion Church
1995 Florine DuFresne and Private Industry Council
1996 NAACP Vancouver Branch, Kim Chau Larson, and Brian Willoughby
1997 DaVerne Bell and Harriet Levi
1998 Leonor Amaya-Brooks and Vernon Stoner
1999 Michelle Danley and Joyce Smith
2000 Patricia Guy and Greg Ford
2001 Karl Landerholm and Tanisha Harris
2002 Bob Moser
2003 Hewlett-Packard Vancouver
2004 Earl Ford and Diana Avalos
Leilani Russell
Dave Morris
Jamie McCoy and Richard Twiss
2008 Mike Ciraulo and Rekah Strong
2010 Luz Virgen Gonzalez
2011 Vanessa Gaston
2011 Adam Carpinelli
2012 Kellie Henderson and Elizabeth Ruiz
2013 Amanda Marchak
2014 Michelle Bart and Christopher Resendiz
2015 Diana Perez
2016 Felisciana Peralta
2017 Eulalia Soto and Becky Archibald

Youth Social Justice Award Recipients

2007 SOAR International
Michelle Prothero
Yarenni Mendoza
Ruth Ferguson
2011 Dreams without Boundaries
2012 Maribel Sanchez
2013 Estefania Medina
2014 Jose Scott
2015 LaQuoya Tyler
2016 Astrid DuBois
2017 Dionnie Minnard

Stand Against Racism

YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. I am taking a stand against racism with YWCA and hundreds of thousands of people across the country, join us this week during YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism – and every day.

Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope

I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society.

I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior toward others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes;

I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers and those I encounter on a daily basis

I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society.

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.