The YWCA of Rockford was the recipient of the YWCA USA 2013 Association Excellence Award for Racial Justice.
The organization competed against others from around the country and was judged on its impact in the elimination of racism and empowerment of women. The YWCA's development of a pre-service teachers' cultural competency curriculum for Illinois State University, training program for police chiefs and sheriffs on police biasing, and a training and community event facilitated by Nontombi Naomi Tutu all factored into the YWCA's win.
The award was accepted by YWCA Rockford CEO Kris Kieper and Board President Amy Ott at a gala in Washington, DC.
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