On September 15, 2017, the YWCA Greater Austin celebrated 110 years of serving Central Texas with its first annual Fabulous People Party at the Spider House Café & Ballroom in Austin, Texas. The YWCA is the first and longest-serving agency in Central Texas to work to eliminate racism and empower women by promoting the health and safety of women and girls, their economic empowerment and advancement, and racial justice and civil rights.
Since its incorporation in 1907 as the Young Women’s Christian Association of the University of Texas, the organization has recognized individuals in the community with various awards over the years. As YWCA’s services evolved to meet the community’s needs and reflect its social reality and diversity, so too have their awards evolved.
The first Fabulous People Party honored outstanding community members who perpetuate YWCA’s mission of empowering women and eliminating racism in the following categories: Woman of Color Leading Change, Ally Award, Legacy Award, and #NewRadical. Click here to view the finalists and the award winners are listed below:
- Ally Award: Dr. Peniel Joseph, Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values, LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin
- #NewRadical: Amanda Lewis, Organizational Capacity & Community Engagement Specialist, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
- Woman of Color Leading Change: Ana Rodriguez DeFrates, Nonprofit Consultant
- Legacy Award: Office of Equity and Inclusion, Austin Community College
This wisdom offered towards the end of the evening rang true as an overarching sentiment for the evening’s theme: “Our mission is to no longer be able to predict which students will succeed at Austin Community College,” noted Skye Howell, Equity and Inclusion Associate at ACC, while accepting the Legacy Award. “We have a long way to go… and we can’t do it without you.”
Learn more about the YWCA Greater Austin and their work to eliminate racism and empower women through advocacy and local programming.