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YWCA Awards Jim Galik and Jean Slausser with 2023 Racial Justice Award

The YWCA awards this commendation to a community member or business, who has demonstrated commitment to racial equity through efforts to build community, raise awareness, and further racial harmony and inclusiveness. As a champion of racial justice, the individual or business have shown through actions a common vision for peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.

Jim and Jean were honored at the June 20, 2023 at the YWCA Annual Meeting.

For more than 150 years, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action to protect the rights of all women and girls.

Circles of Diversity

Circles of Diversity events encourage safe, open discussions helping participants to learn about each other and views on race and diversity. Events include an opportunity for women to socialize and develop friendships across racial lines. Please continue to check the website for more information about when our next event will occur.

Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism is a movement initiated by the YWCA in 2008 in order to raise awareness that racism still exists in our communities and that it cannot be ignored or tolerated. Our objective is to bring organizations together, who believe like we do, that united we can eliminate racism.

Racial Justice Award Recipients

  • 1995 Sister Lois Sculco
    1996 Marcia Pratt
    1997 Peg Honey
    1998 Carolyn Falcon
    1999 Carlotta Paige
    2000 Carol Calloway
    2001 Rabbi Perman
    2002 Serendipity Staff- GLSD
    2003 Ruth Tolbert
    2004 Marilyn Fox
    2005 Michelle Toohey
    2006 Mary Catherine Motchar
    2007 Norma Skillings
    2008 Gbg Salem Middle School Art Dept.
    2009 Carlene Williams
    2010 Women in the NAACP
    2011 Joyce Clohessy
    2012 Wilda Kaylor
    2013 Multicultural Diversity Awareness Task Force- Seton Hill University
    2014 Bonnie Lewis
    2015 Glenn Buzzard and Ray Charley
    2016 Debra Mason
    2017 Westmoreland Museum of American Art
    2018 WCCC Black Awareness Committee
    2019 Keisha Jimmerson
    2020 Christopher Kent
    2021 Dr. Melissa Marks
    2022 Ronel Baccus
    2023 Jim Galik and Jean Slausser

Click HERE for the Racial Justice Nomination Form

RJ Official Award Nomination