The York County YWCA held its annual leadership summit at York College on Tuesday. 

Ninety students representing 15 York County schools spent the day diving into conversations about diversity  – how racism affects our community, our schools, and everyday lives.

The YWCA believes this is something that should be a part of a school curriculum, so it created a safe space to talk about the issue and leave students feeling empowered, ready to lead social justice efforts.

They want students to know how to understand how racism shows up in society and how to respond.

“Our students are getting all of these influences that are stereotypes, myths, so it’s important for them to know the truth,” YWCA racial justice coordinator Dr. Monea Abdul-Majeed said. “Not only do we have a better York but a better world and a better living experience, being welcoming to all and doing things with people of different cultures. It’s the better way to live anyway.”