Race & Gender Equity
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. In order to achieve our goals of a more equitable society, the YWCA Madison provides a spectrum of programming aimed at creating a more just and inclusive society. These programs include:
Racism affects all of us, regardless of what we look like. The elimination of racism is an on-going process that requires persistence, commitment, and continuing dialogue between individuals and groups. The YWCA is committed to helping individuals, organizations, and companies in the Madison community improve race relations and find ways to eliminate racism through constructive dialogue and meaningful action. The YWCA achieves these goals through:
The YWCA Madison uses Restorative Justice as a strategy to address the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The School-to-Prison Pipeline is a process by which students are removed from the school for disciplinary infractions. These students are often put on a path to the criminal justice system. The racial disparities in school discipline directly correlate with the racial disparities in the criminal justice system. We use restorative justice to provide alternative discipline models in schools to keep students in school and out of the justice system.
The YWCA Madison’s women’s leadership trainings aim to help women develop skills to help them advance in their careers while breaking down barriers that prevent women from attaining leadership roles. The YWCA Madison achieves these goals through:
Learn more about the importance of developing women leaders.
2013 Racial Justice Outcomes
85% (119 of 140) of participants have talked or plan to talk with their colleagues at work about the racial/cultural climate in their organization as a result of the 2013 Racial Justice Summit.
94% (132 of 141) of Summit participants plan to apply knowledge or skills that they gained at this event to reduce racial disparities or to create or expand an initiative or program.
95% (133 of 140) of participants have sought out or plan to seek out more information to enhance their own awareness and understanding of racism by talking with others, reading, or listening as a result of the YWCA Racial Justice Summit.
96% (134 of 140) of participants spent time looking at their own attitudes and behaviors as they contribute to or combat the racism around them as a result of the YWCA Racial Justice Summit.
2013 Restorative Justice Outcomes
81% (110 out of 136) students who participate in a 2013 Restorative Justice referral circles showed attitude and behavioral improvements. Students who participate in referral circles are more likely to become connected to the school community and stay in school until graduation.
Since implementing the Restorative Justice program, participating schools had a 15% decrease in the total number of out of school suspensions during the 2011-12 school year.