YWCA Madison

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.

The 2016 Racial Justice Summit—Changing the Narrative is September 29 and 30 at the Monona Terrace. Registration will begin in early July.

Invited Keynote Presenters

During this election year, we will be talking about the stories we tell around race—and how they can be used to divide us or to bring us together. Invited 2016 keynote presenters will include Rinku Sen and Vernā Myers.

Rinku Sen  Verna Myers
Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and the Publisher of the award-winning news site Colorlines.
Vernā Myers is on a personal mission to disrupt the status quo and she knows how to: she’s lived it. Myers rose out of Baltimore’s working class to become a Harvard-trained lawyer, entrepreneur, author and cultural innovator.


Call for Proposals

YWCA Madison is inviting submissions for workshop proposals for the 2016 Racial Justice Summit, a leading multiracial gathering on racial justice. We encourage you to submit a proposal by the deadline of June 1.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Download the sponsor information form

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.