Racial Justice Summit

About the Summit

Creating New Possibilities for Intersectional Racial Justice, Collective Healing and Liberation.

Our deepest appreciation for everyone that joined us this year, both Virtually and In-Person! In these coming weeks, we will email all registered participants  with information on how to access virtual keynote recordings, and other resources for your ongoing practice.

Mark your calendars for 2024 Racial Justice Summit, September 25 and September 26 for virtual days, and September 27 for the In-Person day of the summit next year. 

YWCA Madison’s Racial Justice Summit is one of the largest multiracial, intergenerational, and interdisciplinary annual gatherings of people committed to racial justice, collective healing and liberation in the United States.

The  2023 Racial Justice Summit, was offered virtually on Oct. 3-4 and in-person on Oct. 5, building on YWCA Madison’s values of Humanity, Community, Growth and Restoration it invited us all to practice Creating New Possibilities for Intersectional Racial Justice, Collective Healing and Liberation. 

Featured Keynotes, Practitioner & Collaborators

Summit participants experienced national authors such as Ruha Benjamin, Clint Smith, Autumn Brown, Kimberly Brazwell and Susan Raffo, as well as a community of practitioners, educators, artists, facilitators, and community organizers who offered a combination of inspiring virtual keynotes, conversations, small group in-person sessions and gatherings, moving art, pop-up market,  music, a rooftop party and more. 

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 multiple justice movements: restorative justice, gender justice, healing justice,  immigration justice, disability justice, climate justice, economic justice,  organizational change for equity, and more.

YWCA Madison’s holistic model guides attendees in examining the way their personal racial justice practice of learning, unlearning, and healing can transform relationships, cultures and systems for justice and liberation.

Registering for your Summit Experience

Regardless of the type of ticket you choose (virtual, virtual keynotes only, in-person or combined), all Summit attendees will need to  have completed the general Summit Registration Form with information about their identities, field of work, and areas of practice. This information will support us in making our best effort in planning for summit community experiences that are as responsive and meaningful as possible.

Virtual & In-Person Sessions Offered

Our goal is to offer a broad and interconnected selection of virtual and in-person experiences that support attendees in engaging at all dimensions – self, relational, cultural and structural – of this year’s theme of Creating New Possibilities for Intersectional Racial Justice, Collective Healing and Liberation.

Thank You to Our 2023 Racial Justice Summit Sponsors!

On behalf of the women and families we serve, we salute our sponsors and partners with heartfelt thanks. Our incredible sponsors provide critical financial support for YWCA programs and initiatives.

Presenting Sponsor

TruStage Logo

Emerging SponsorAmerican Family Insurance's Logo

Leading Sponsor

Group Health Cooperative

Thank you also to EQT By Design, One City Schools, Wegner CPAs and WI Department of Public Instruction for their generous support of the Racial Justice Summit.

Sponsoring the Racial Justice Summit is a wonderful way to support our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
Download our sponsorship form to learn more about sponsorship of the 2023 YWCA Madison Racial Justice Summit or please reach out to Andrea Zea at azea@ywcamadison.org.


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