Gerry Leonard

Stand Against Racism 2018 at A-B Tech

Gerry Leonard

Empowering Our Youth: Dreams for the Future

A-B Tech Community College will hold a community-wide Stand Against Racism event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 12 in Ferguson Auditorium on the college’s Asheville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Join us to engage with activists and leaders from local organizations as they discuss youth empowerment successes and challenges in the community. The panel will be moderated by the YWCA’s Gerry Leonard and includes Q&A with the audience.

Michael Carter

Participants include:

  • Michael Carter, A-B Tech Economic and Workforce Development
  • J Hackett, Green Opportunities
  • Areli Perez, Asheville Latin Americans Achieving Success (ALAS)
  • Sheneika Smith, Asheville City Council
  • JaNesha Slaughter, Word on the Street

The panel discussion will be followed by networking with local community resource organizations. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more at

Sheneika Smith

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part a larger national strategy to fulfill the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism.

About A-B Tech Community College

One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 60 curriculum programs through its five academic divisions: Allied Health and Public Service Education, Arts and Sciences, Business and Hospitality Education, Emergency Services and Engineering and Applied Technology.

The Division of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers opportunities for workforce partnerships, specific job training and retraining, as well as personal enrichment classes. A-B Tech enrolls more than 25,000 curriculum and continuing education students in programs at its Asheville, Enka, Madison, South, Woodfin and Goodwill locations.

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