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:
2014 Racial Justice Outcomes
- 87% (90 of 103) of Racial Justice Summit participants and 85% (65 of 77) of Racial Justice Workshop participants have talked or plan to talk with their colleagues at work about the racial/cultural climate in their organization in 2014.
- 89% (92 of 103) of Summit participants & 88% (68 of 77) of Workshop participants plan to apply knowledge or skills that they gained at our events to reduce racial disparities or to create or expand an initiative or program.
- 95% (98 or 103) of Summit participants & 94% (72 of 77) of Workshop 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.
- 93% (96 of 103) of Summit participants & 96% (74 of 77) of Workshop participants spent time looking at their own attitudes and behaviors as they contribute to or combat the racism around them.
- Approximately 150 people participated in the Creating Equitable Organizations training program.
2014 Restorative Justice Outcomes
- 86% (159 out of 185) students who participate in a 2014 Restorative Justice referral circles showed attitude and behavioral improvements.
- 75% of Restorative Justice participants feel more connected to their schools.
- 233 school staff were trained in Restorative Justice Practices. The Restorative Justice program was held in 16 schools within 6 school districts.