Each year, 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.
The Summit this year will be focusing on Living our Racial Justice Values: Building Collective Liberation - especially through challenging and changing times. As we navigate in our communities and workplaces while we experience the shootings of African Americans by police, increased xenophobia against Muslims and immigrants, and the daily changing political landscape, how to we keep our eyes on the prize and stay in community with each other as we pursue racial justice and equity. Keynotes and break-out sessions will offer participants the opportunity to connect to this theme, and to think about strategies that they can use individually, at work, and in their communities to stay focused on a vision of the future in which everyone belongs.
During this year's summit, we will be talking about building collective liberation through the following themes: Othering and Belonging, Racism without Racists, and Revolutionary Love. Invited 2017 keynote presenters will include Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, Malachi Garza, Gyasi Ross (Blackfeet), and Dr. Heather Hackman.
Reserve hotel rooms at Best Western Inn on the Park (22 South Carroll Street, Madison, 53703) by calling (800) 279-8811 (Mention YWCA Summit 2017 Block). To receive block rate, reserve by 9/2/2017.
Racial Justice Summit Planning Committee Members
Vaunce Ashby, Wisconsin Historical Society
Jacquelyn Boggess, Director of the Center for Family Policy and Practice
Carrie Braxton, Dane County Office of Equity & Inclusion
Kamal Calloway, YWCA Board Member & Exact Sciences
Betsy Day, State of Wisconsin
Danielle Dieringer, YWCA Madison
Andrea Erickson, Dane County District Attorney’s Office
Eugenia Highland, YWCA Madison
Carolyn Hogg, Seeking Tolerance and Justice Over Hate
Qiana Holmes-Abanukam, The Road Home
Jackie Hunt, YWCA Board Member & Nehemiah
Eric Kestin, YWCA Madison & Madison Metropolitan School District
Lara Mainella, City of Madison
Anjali Misra, UW Madison
Libby Tucci, YWCA Madison
Nancy W. Bauch, YWCA Madison
Naomi Takahashi, YWCA Madison
Missy Tracy, Ho-Chunk Gaming
Jay Young, YWCA Madison
Summit Sponsorship benefits your organization and community in many ways. Sponsorship allows you to offer your staff intensive professional development opportunities with nationally renowned speakers and trainers.
Sponsorship will highlight your organization’s commitment to equity and diversity in the community and expose your organization to thousands of invited participants. Your organization’s sponsorship not only provides you with exposure, it allows us to offer this opportunity to the community at large with the intention of creating a more equitable and inclusive community for all.
Last year we had over 600 attendees from all around Wisconsin and beyond. We partnered with over 30 local businesses, non-profits, and educational institutions to present our largest Racial Justice Summit in the history of YWCA Madison. This year, we hope to continue to build on that momentum and help individuals and organizations network and learn effective and sustainable strategies.
Dane County DA's Office
Dane County Office of Equal Opportunity
Filene Research Institute
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office
ATTIC Correctional Services, Inc.
Center for Family Policy & Practice
Community Shares of Wisconsin
Department of Family Medicine and Community Heath
End Domestic Abuse WI
First Unitarian Society of Madison
Forward Community Investments
Foundation for Madison Public Schools
Madison Area Diversity Roundtable
Race to Equity
Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters
The Road Home Dane County
White Privilege Conference/America & MOORE