Racial Justice Summit

Each year, the YWCA Madison hosts a Racial Justice Summit that brings together community stakeholders to work on eliminating barriers that foster racism in our community. The Summit focuses on institutional racism and involves nationally-known keynote speakers and researchers, as well as local experts and advocates. Through an environment that encourages learning from and supporting each other in our common goals, the Summit provides a platform for action planning and community dialogue. We invite organizations to demonstrate their commitment to racial equity through various sponsorship opportunities.

Save the Date: the 2015 Racial Justice Summit is October 1-2 at the Concourse Hotel.

Featured Presenters

Ian Haney López is a constitutional law scholar, a chaired law professor at UC Berkeley, and a Senior Fellow at Demos. He is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on racism’s evolution since the civil rights era.

Alexis McGill Johnson and Rachel D. Godsil are directors of The Perception Institute, which is a consortium of mind science researchers, educators, and social justice advocates who develop strategies to reduce racial bias and anxiety and to influence the public narrative through cultural conversations.

Pillsbury Players Theater—Breaking Ice
Breaking Ice is a multi-racial, socio-political improvisational theatre program that has developed performances and workshops around issues such as racism, homophobia, sexism, and domestic violence.

Call for Proposals

We invite you to submit a workshop proposal for the 2015 Racial Justice Summit. View proposal guidelines and an application form here. Proposals must be submitted by noon on Monday, May 25.

Summit Sponsors

Sustaining Sponsor


BlueTree Network

In-kind Sponsors

American Printing Company