YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) CEO Dianne Stancato has been invited to the White House alongside other members of YWCAs of New York State (NYS) to participate in Communities In Action: Building a Better New York on Thursday, December 14.

The Biden-Harris Administration created the Communities In Action series to give every state a platform to address its unique needs and priorities. The agenda for Building a Better New York will include discussions on infrastructure, clean energy, and healthcare costs.

YWCA MV and YWCAs of NYS are unified through their mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The associations’ policy priorities for this half-day session will include health, economic, safety, and racial justice initiatives.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for the women of Upstate New York,” said Stancato. “I am both thrilled and honored to be an advocate for our community among the most influential decision-makers in our country.”

Stancato will be joined by Stephanie Stevens, YWCA of Westfield Executive Director and President of YWCAs of NYS, and Dr. Myra Henry, CEO of YWCA Rochester and Monroe County. Each leader will have the opportunity to bring attention to their own community’s needs and to return empowered with new resources and connections to build their best New York.

“YWCAs across the country have worked for more than a century to ensure that women’s voices are heard, and we aren’t slowing down now,” said Stancato. “We will not stop until everyone sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.”

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