This is what we stand for.
At Stand Together Against Racism (“S.T.A.R.”), our mission is to equip residents of New Canaan, CT and neighboring communities with tools and resources to understand systemic racism — including its history, root causes and the structures that perpetuate it— and to proactively advocate for racial equity and bias elimination. We believe that by working together, we can drive transformative and sustainable social change in our community and beyond.
We seek to achieve our mission through three primary activities:
S.T.A.R. is first and foremost an educational organization. Through workshops, events, reading lists, and other resources, we aim to advance awareness and understanding of the complex ecosystem that is systemic racism and to equip our community members—both adults and youth—with the information and tools they need to take action against it.
We believe that change starts at home. By forging strong connections with members of our community in New Canaan, we believe we can amplify our voice as we advocate for cross-cultural understanding, bias awareness and inclusion. S.T.A.R. has already formed ties with numerous local organizations that share our interest in racial equity and work with us to effect change.
S.T.A.R. supports public policy initiatives at the local, state, and national levels, as well as grassroots activities aimed at dismantling the root causes of systemic racism. We are committed to amplifying the voices of affected communities advocating for the policies that support their identified needs and concerns.