November 17 2015
The Human Relations Commission of Chemung County and the YWCA of Elmira and the Twin Tiers recently presented Elmira College with the 2015 YWCA Racial Justice Award.
“This award is really a tribute to our students and faculty who have worked to improve our community and the greater world,” said Michael Rogers, Vice President of External Relations at Elmira College. “Many students have completed their community service at government and non-profit organizations that strive for making our society more just and equitable. Many members of our faculty have a strong commitment to exploring and discussing racial and social justice issues through their scholarly work and in the courses they lead. Elmira College students carry this with them as they study, work, and live in not only the Elmira community, but the global community as well.”
The award, created in 2005, recognizes “a person or organization who has worked toward the elimination of racism” in the surrounding community and is presented annually by the Human Relations Commission of Chemung County and the YWCA of Elmira and the Twin Tiers.
The Chemung County Commission on Human Relations promotes the value of diversity and equal opportunity within the workplace and the community,
fostering the recognition and elimination of discrimination through education, advocacy and public outreach.
The YWCA has been serving the community for more than 125 years. In 1887, a home was established for young women leaving farms to work in industry. Since then, the Y’s programs have grown and evolved to meet community needs.