Rock Valley College

Stand Against Racism

Please join PAIC and the YWCA in taking a Stand Against Racism April 20-24.

There are a few ways you can get involved at home!

Take the Stand Against Racism Pledge

Record a video of yourself taking the Stand Against Racism Pledge and submit it to be a part of the collective RVC pledge. Upload your video to dropbox and you’ll be featured in RVC’s collective pledge. Please submit videos by Wednesday, April 22. 

Upload Video Here

Fill Out a Stand Against Racism Sign

Download one of the fillable signs below. Then share your signs using #StandAgainstRacism and tag Rock Valley College.

Sign 1: A world with racial equity looks like: 

Sign 2: Eliminating racism is important because:

Sign 3: I stand against racism because:

The Pledge

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 towards 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.

*This pledge has been adapted by YWCA USA from the Pledge to Eliminate Racism in My Life, YWCA Bergen County which is an adaptation of the Pledge to Heal Racism in My Life, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, April 10, 2006.