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Racial Justice Summit Attendees

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 2015 Racial Justice Summit—From a Moment to a Movement: Building the Beloved Community is October 1-2 at the Concourse Hotel.

Registration is now closed, as the Summit is sold out.

View breakout session descriptions and speaker bios

Download the Summit brochure

Featured Keynote Presenters

Rachel D. Godsil Alexis McGill Johnson
Rachel D. Godsil is a director at the Perception Institute and the Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law at Seton Hall University Law School. A former assistant U.S. attorney, her research focuses on applying insights from the mind sciences to race, law, and public policy. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on implicit bias and race. Alexis McGill Johnson is Executive Director of Perception Institute.  Alexis has explored the shifting paradigms of identity and race-based politics in the post-civil rights era, increasing civic engagement among youth and people of color, and the implications for demographic and ideological changes of these constituencies on national politics.
Ian Haney LopezLoretta Ross
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. He has written extensively on how once-promising legal responses to racism have been hijacked and converted into restrictions on efforts to promote integration.

Loretta Ross is a co-founder of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and an expert on women’s issues, hate groups, racism and intolerance, human rights, and violence against women. Her work focuses on the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this affects social change and service delivery in all movements.

 Shakil Choudhury
Shakil Choudhury is an award-winning educator and consultant with more than 20 years experience in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion. He has trained senior leaders across sectors and developed measurement tools for organizations, helping improve their diversity outcomes. He is honored that the Racial Justice Summit is hosting the international launch of his new book, Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them, a practical, scientific, and compassionate approach to tackling racism.
Breaking Ice

Pillsbury House Theatre—Breaking Ice
Breaking Ice is an entertaining and thought-provoking theatre experience designed to foster better understanding and communication around difficult issues. It’s a way to step back and get a fresh perspective while gaining a more intimate knowledge of how individuals relate to each other. Following the performance, Breaking Ice facilitators lead participants in discussions, exploring the tough stuff together.

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Lodging Information

Reserve hotel rooms at The Madison Concourse (1 W. Dayton St., Madison, 53703) by calling 800.356.8293 (group code: Racial Justice Summit). To receive block rate, reserve by 9/2/2015. 

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 500 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 the 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.