The YWCA's programs are designed to address the inequities, gaps, and disparities that are created by institutional racism. We also support national, state, and local initiatives that contribute to the elimination of racism. This includes, but is not limited to, policies that eliminate racial profiling, increase immigrant rights, retain and strengthen affirmative action, reduce hate crimes and provide education on racism and its elimination.
The YWCA of Asheville uses tools of education and advocacy through our Stand Against Racism to better inform our community about issues of racial justice.The YWCA of Asheville is arguably the most diverse organization in Asheville in terms of race, socioeconomic condition, sexual orientation, and ethnic makeup of program participants, staff, and governing board. We intentionally build the power of women and people of color by intentionally advertising in media other than mainstream, including those of the Hispanic and African-American communities with the intention of hiring capable regardless of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability or veteran status. Our hiring policies specifically prohibit discrimination or harassment of any kind.