2019 Racial Justice Summit
Transforming Our Future
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.
In partnership with the City of Madison, portions of the Racial Justice Summit can be viewed for playback. Click the button below to see some of the action at this year’s Summit.
Welcome & Climbing PoeTree
Welcome by Vanessa McDowell, YWCA Madison CEO and Opening keynote. Climbing PoeTree: Alixa and Naima interweave spoken word, hip hop, and multimedia theater to expose injustice, channel hope into vision, and make a better future.
Loteria Artistic Engagement
A Loteria Artistic Engagement with Colectivo Sinapsis, accompanied by verses by Alondra Quechol and Geryscopio, as well as with music by Colectivo Jaranero de Madison.
Perspective on Transforming Our Future
Prospectives on Transforming Our Futures featuring YWCA Madison’s Racial Justice Summit Deep Dive Institute facilitators, Annahid Dashtgard, Bettina Love, and Heather Hackman. Moderated by Shahanna W. McKinney-Baldon. This is a discussion around each of these women’s work around racial and social justice.
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.
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.