Press Release: Registration for YWCA Madison’s 2023 Racial Justice Summit is Now Open

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Press Release: Registration for YWCA Madison’s 2023 Racial Justice Summit is Now Open

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YWCA Madison Registration for YWCA Madison’s 2023 Racial Justice Summit is Now Open

MADISON, Wisconsin, July 19, 2023Registration is now open for YWCA Madison’s 2023 Racial Justice Summit.

Building on YWCA Madison’s collective values of Humanity, Community, Growth and Restoration, this 2023 Racial Justice Summit will invite us all to practice Creating New Possibilities for Intersectional Racial Justice, Collective Healing and Liberation. 

Photos of featured Keynotes, Practitioners and Collaborators.

YWCA Madison is collaborating with national authors such as Ruha Benjamin, Clint Smith, Autumn Brown, Kimberly Brazwell and Susan Raffo, as well as a community of local racial justice and restorative justice practitioners, educators, artists, facilitators, and community organizers,  to curate a combination of inspiring virtual keynotes, small group in-person sessions and gatherings, moving art, music and more. 

The Summit will take place from October 3-5, 2023. The first two days, Tuesday October 3rd. and Wednesday October 4th will be virtual,  and the third day, Thursday October 5 will be in-person. Registration will be open until September 4, 2023, and will offer options to attend virtually and/or in-person.

This year, the Summit will feature a selection of curated virtual sessions and in-person experiences by local and regional racial justice practitioners as well as in-person institutes by featured keynotes Autumn Brown, Kim Brazwell and Susan Raffo.  The in-person day will also feature an art exhibition, a pop-up market with BIPOC creators and Justice Initiatives, and will end with a Rooftop Party at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.

 YWCA Madison’s holistic model will guide attendees in understanding the role that their personal racial justice learning, unlearning, healing and practice has in shaping relationships and cultures in all areas of their lives as well as their role in transforming structural inequities for justice and liberation. “This year’s summit is really centered around creating new possibilities.  We are creating a world that we want to see, but each of us has to take our part in making this a reality.  Join us in creating these new possibilities together!”  – Vanessa McDowell, CEO of YWCA Madison.

The Summit is both a unique professional development opportunity for staff across organizations while also offering opportunities for multiracial and intergenerational dialogue and collective visioning across areas of intersectional racial justice such as: restorative justice, gender justice, healing justice,  immigration justice, disability justice, climate justice, economic justice,  organizational change for equity, and more. 

Join us as we continue to practice creating new possibilities for intersectional racial justice, collective healing and liberation. The 2023 Racial Justice Summit will take place, October 3-5, 2023. Visit learn more and to register.  For more information, contact Gery Paredes Vasquez at  

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Jay Young
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