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 2014 Racial Justice Summit: Advancing the Equity Agenda was October 2-3 at the Concourse Hotel.

Link to speaker bios and breakout session information

Link to Summit resources 


Featured Presenters

john powell
john powell
Racing to Justice: Building
a Fair and Inclusive
Gail Christopher
Gail Christopher
The Business Case for Racial Equity
Jacquelyn Boggess
Jacquelyn Boggess
A Case Study in Unintended Consequences

Julie Nelson

Julie Nelson

Glenn Harris

Glenn Harris

Sonali Balajee

Sonali S. Balajee

Closing Plenary: Creating a Regional Equity Network

Download a PDF of the Racial Justice Summit brochure here

Sponsorship Opportunities

Show your support for advancing racial equity in Dane County through sponsorship of the YWCA Racial Justice Summit. Details are available in the following documents:

Summit Sponsors

Sustaining Sponsor


Leadership Sponsors

City of Madison

Morgridge Center for Public Service

Public Health Madison & Dane County 

Summit Credit Union  

Urban League of Greater Madison


  • Edgewood College
  • Dane County Sheriff’s Office
  • Madison Area Diversity Roundtable
  • Multicultural Student Center of UW Madison
  • UW Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer
  • UW Police Department
  • UW School of Social Work
  • Willy Street Co-op
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Wisconsin State Public Defender

Community Partners

  • ATTIC Correctional Services, Inc.
  • Center for Family Policy and Practice
  • Centro Hispano
  • Community Shares of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Office of Equal Opportunity
  • End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin
  • First Unitarian Society of Madison
  • Journey Mental Health Center
  • Madison Metropolitan School District
  • The Road Home
  • Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters
  • Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Wisconsin Council on Children & Families

In-kind Sponsors

La Movida


Wisconsin Public Radio


American Printing Company
Capital City Hues
Our Lives Magazine