About the Summit
Each year, the YWCA Madison hosts a Racial Justice Summit that brings together people and organizations committed to learning about institutional racism as well as to build an ongoing practice of racial justice. The summit focuses on systemic racism and convenes nationally-known keynote speakers and researchers, in addition to local experts and advocates as presenters for an audience of over 800 participants. It provides a platform for community dialogue and action-envisioning for racial justice in an environment that encourages learning from and supporting each other for this common imperative in our personal lives as well as organizational roles.
2019 Racial Justice Summit
Transforming Our Future
October 15 & 16, 2019
This year’s theme is Transforming Our Future. Our invitation to attendees of this year’s Summit is to connect with the legacies of resilience, resistance, and co-liberation of individuals and communities throughout history. Co-inspiration and learning from the past as we re-imagine our lives and communities from this present-forward. We aim to do so holistically, at all levels of our racial justice practice: self, relationships, organizations, and communities, as well as at the structural level.
Keynotes and break-out sessions will offer participants the opportunity to connect to this year’s theme at all these levels with the purpose of not only deepening our own personal practices and building community with each other but ultimately to strengthen our collective action for racial justice in Wisconsin.
Climbing Poetree and Edgar Villanueva are this year’s featured keynotes. Their presentations will include a combination of traditional keynotes, spoken word, music, and performance art.
Deep Dive Institutes:
This year, as a way to enhance and broaden our racial justice practices, we are offering Full Day Deep-Dive Institutes on the second day of the Summit, October 16th. Institute leaders for this year are nationally renowned speakers and educators: Annahid Dashtgard, Bettina Love, and Heather Hackman. Institutes will focus on skill building and applied practice. Limited spots will be available.
Annahid has over 25 years experience designing systemic change initiatives and coordinating programs at local, national and international levels.
Heather has been teaching and training on social justice issues for over 25 years most recently focusing on racism and white privilege.