Racial Justice Summit

About the Summit

For nineteen years, YWCA Madison’s Racial Justice Summit has been a space and experience that has brought people in the Madison Community together for deep learning and invitation to action for racial justice. In the 2020 reality of COVID-19, as well as the immense shift in the national conversation around racism and the need for systemic change following the uprisings in defense of Black Life, we intend to build on the experiences of prior Summits to offer a virtual gathering place for even deeper learning, vision casting, and movement building.

This year’s theme is:

Reconstruction. Centering Blackness – A Path to Build Collective Power and Justice for All.

This theme invites us all to radically build on ancestral decolonizing ways of being, relating and co-creating in society, as well as to develop new paradigms. These new paradigms must be shaped by what we all deeply and collectively value in life — dignity,  freedom of choice, justice, sacredness, and opportunity for wellbeing. These are times to stand together in dismantling and unlearning the white supremacist ideology and anti-blackness that is present in our current social structures and cultures. Centering Blackness offers us a profound opportunity to uproot the perpetuation of violence, scarcity, and economic order based on extraction and exploitation as determined by whiteness. 

Centering Blackness guides us in shifting the direction of our future with bold, courageous, and radically creative actions today. We are on the brink of co-creating a new era of Reconstruction—this time with an understanding of our sacred interconnectedness as we envision new policies, systems, and institutions.  Centering Blackness steers our bodies, minds, and imagination to a whole different direction—one where everyone can truly thrive and experience shared dignity, abundance, and joy.

DATES: September 29th – Oct 1st

September 29
9:00 – 11:00 AM and 2:00 – 4:00 PM (CST)

September 30
9:00 – 11:00 AM and 2:00 – 4:00 PM (CST)

October 1
9:00 – 11:00 AM, 11:30 – 1:30, or 2:00 – 4:00 PM (CST)

In our virtual Summit experience, we will be inviting you to a journey of reflection, learning, and community building for action. The journey will allow you to begin your learning and connections through an online platform prior to the Summit. We will then spend the three days of the Summit hearing from our keynote speakers and processing our learning together. As we process, we hope to offer you the opportunity to develop Circles of Community Learning, Practice, and Action that will continue beyond the Summit through the connection on our online platform.

General registration for this year’s Racial Justice Summit is now closed.


Keynote Speakers:

Keynote Speaker Biographies
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Thank You to our 2020 Racial Justice Summit Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Sponsorship Opportunities are no longer available for this year’s Summit. If you are interested in sponsoring our 2021 Racial Justice Summit, you may reach out to Jill Pfeiffer. THANK YOU!