Racial Justice Summit

About the Summit

For many 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.

SAVE THE DATES: September 29th – Oct 1st
(AM & PM – 2 hrs/time block)

Registration opens in July

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.


Photo of Winona LaDuke Winona LaDuke
Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist working on Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice in Native America. Winona is Executive Director of Honor the Earth and founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project.



Photo of john a. powelljohn a. powell
Internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, structural racism, housing, poverty, and democracy. john is the Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.



Photo of Rev. angel Kyodo williams Rev. angel Kyodo Williams
Rev. angel Kyodo williams is a writer, activist, and ordained Zen priest. She is the author of Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, and the co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. She bridges between the worlds of personal transformation and justice. She envisions the building of a presence-centered social justice movement as the foundation for personal freedom, a just society, and the healing of divisions of race, class, faith, and politics.

Please reach out to Jill W. Pfeiffer at jpfeiffer@ywcamadison.org if you want to be on the list to hear about sponsorship opportunities.