About the Summit
Each year, 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.
Reclaiming Our Story
2018 Racial Justice Summit
The Summit theme this year was Reclaiming Our Story. The national and political narrative is generally controlled by the dominant culture – which leads to most voices and experiences being silenced. At the Summit this year, we explored what it would look like and how it may be possible to reclaim our story to advance racial justice, healing, and reconciliation. Keynotes and break-out sessions offered participants the opportunity to connect to this theme. Featured keynotes included Adrienne Keene, Yosimar Reyes, Shakti Butler, Bettina Love, and Reanae McNeal. Their presentations included a combination of traditional keynotes, spoken word, film, music, and performance art as we explored different mediums that we can use to Reclaim Our Stories.
2018 Keynote Presenters
Dr. Adrienne Keene
The Strange Case of the Hipster Headdress: Reclaiming Indigenous Representations
Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) is a Native scholar, writer, blogger, and activist, and is passionate about reframing how the world sees contemporary Native cultures.
UndocuJoy: Shifting the Perspective in Undocumented Representation
Yosimar Reyes is a nationally-acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist, and speaker. Born in Guerreo, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work.
Shakti Butler, Ph.D.
Reclaiming our Souls: Narratives of Transformative Love, Consciousness and Radical Healing as Political Acts for Social Justice
Shakti Butler, Ph.D., filmmaker and Founder & President of World Trust, is a dynamic educator in the field of diversity and racial equity. Dr. Butler engages audiences with participatory keynotes and workshops, often using clips from her films.
Dr. Bettina Love
We Gon’ Be Alright, But That Ain’t Alright: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom
Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia.
African Native American Women: Blood at the Roots
Reanae McNeal is an award-winning international performing artist, inspirational speaker, acclaimed vocalist, oral HERstorian, visual artist, griotess (storyteller), performing art poet, and cultural activist.
Keynote Presentation Videos
CEU and CLE Information
The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has approved the Racial Justice Summit for Continuing Education Hours, including the Post-Summit Institutes. Up to 10.75 CEUs can be earned at the Summit. In order to receive a CE Certificate, you would have needed to ensure that you signed-in on the provided sheet in each of your breakout sessions and institutes, as well as respond to the electronic evaluation which was sent out to attendees via email following the event on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
The Wisconsin Court System has approved the Racial Justice Summit for Continuing Legal Education credit hours. Up to 11.0 credit hours can be earned at the Summit.
Below please find the presentation or additional materials used in the various breakout sessions held at this year’s Racial Justice Summit. These materials are made available at the discretion of the breakout presenter/facilitator. We will continue to update this page as materials are made available.