Summit Schedule – Tues. Oct. 3

Tuesday, October 3 – Virtual Schedule & Sessions

Tuesday, October 3 will feature Virtual Summit Experiences, including our Opening Keynote with Ruha Benjamin and Clint Smith, followed by Virtual Facilitated Sessions and ending with Drop-In Meetup opportunities for you to connect with others who are engaged in areas of justice work that interest you. 

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Ticket Eligibility
Everyone registered with a Virtual Summit Experience Ticket and/or a Combined Virtual and In-Person Ticket will have access to the events this day.   These  will not be available for attendees with an In-Person Day Only Ticket.

Opening Keynote | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a compelling conversation between two national racial justice thought leaders: Ruha Benjamin & Clint Smith 

Hosted by: Stephanie Janeth Salgado Altamirano
STreamed Live on Our Virtual Platform – Hopin   |   Access at the “Stage” Area   |   No Sign up Necessary

Ruha Benjamin (she/her) is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, founding director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, among many other publications. Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Marguerite Casey Foundation Freedom Scholar Award and the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. Her most recent book, Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want, winner of the 2023 Stowe Prize, was born out of the twin plagues of COVID-19 and police violence and offers a practical and principled approach to transforming our communities and helping us build a more just and joyful world.

Clint Smith (he/him) is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the narrative nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, which was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and a 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for Nonfiction, and the poetry collection Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He has received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New America, the Emerson Collective, the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. His essays, poems, and scholarly writing have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, the Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere.

Born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Stephanie (she/her, they/them) moved to Madison, Wisconsin, in 2015. She graduated with honors from Vel Phillips Memorial High School as an ESL student and from UW–Madison with degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science and with certificates in Chicané/Latiné Studies and Public Policy. Stephanie founded the Memorial High School Green Club after awareness of the interaction of systems of oppression led her to climate justice activism. The Green Club along other high schoolers climate justice activists helped organize the 2019 Madison Climate Strike, out of which emerged the Youth Climate Action Team (YCAT), a nonprofit that mobilizes young people to demand climate justice. Stephanie was subsequently invited to join the Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, which issued its landmark report in December 2020. Stephanie now works as the Madison Community Organizer for Voces de la Frontera, an organization committed to intersectional understanding of advocacy for immigrants rights and youth.

Virtual Facilitated Sessions | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Access Through the “Sessions” Area in Hopin | Sign up is required

These afternoon content-based virtual sessions will be offered by local and regional practitioners, educators, artists, authors, and advocates as an opportunity for attendees to be in community around a chosen area of their practice.

More sessions will be added here in the coming week.

Dr. Bettina Love in Dialogue with Youth

Dr. Bettina Love in Dialogue with Youth

Audience: Youth, Young Adults, and Educators

Youth, Young Adults, and Educators are welcomed to this virtual session to hear from, and be in dialogue with Dr. Bettina Love. Dr. Love will share about her new book, Punished for Dreaming, in which she explores four decades of brutal impacts from educational reform through the lens of the people who lived it, as well as a road map for repair, arguing for reparations with transformation for all children at its core. After hearing from Dr. Love, she will be in conversation with youth guests and open a space for questions from the public. After this, all adult participants will be asked to leave for a youth exclusive experience with Dr. Bettina Love to close the last twenty minutes of this session.

Type of Experience: Generative Dialogue / Group Discussion

Note: This session is 90 minutes long; it will from from 1pm – 2:30pm

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and the William F. Russell Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her writing, research, teaching, and educational advocacy work meet at the intersection of disrupting education reform and strengthening public education through abolitionist teaching, antiracism, Black joy, and educational reparations. You can preorder her new book Punished for Dreaming: How School Reform Harms Black Children and How We Heal wherever books are sold.

Semaj Sconiers (she/her)
I go by many names, but you can call me Semaj! Beyond being a mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, friend, and phenomenal black woman thriving and surviving all at once. I also hold the roles of being an educator, mindfulness & wellness practitioner, rest enthusiast, and one of the newest Race and Gender Equity Practitioners at YWCA Madison, very near and dear to my heart!

For the past seven years, I have devoted my career to advocating for students’ and staff’s well-being and needs within the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). Through my many roles there, I have led, co-led, developed, and delivered professional development on topics such as restorative justice, adult self-esteem and wellbeing, and mindfulness to educators throughout MMSD and Dane County. My advocacy also stretched across several youth-led initiatives, one of which launched a district-wide team (Youth Voice & Vision) on a mission to bring youth and adults together to co-construct foundational practices that foster authentic youth voice, agency, and empowerment for all students, especially our BIPOC students and non-traditional leaders.

Now I get to call YWCA Madison and the Race and Gender Equity Team home, devoting even more effort, energy, and attention to supporting the well-being of others, especially our youth, while also empowering women and eliminating racism (and as many other forms of hatred) along the way!

Mya Williams (she/her) is the Community Restorative Justice Coordinator at the YWCA Madison. She works with youth ages 12-17 in weekly Restorative Justice Clubs within community centers in the Madison area. Her work focuses on community building, conflict resolution, non-violent communication, and the collective sharing of experiences and stories of youth in Madison. She is passionate about creating more space for youth to have their voices heard within our communities, social justice, and restorative justice. In her freetime, Mya loves photography, film, urban gardening, and riding her motorcycle.

Justice or Just Us: An Intersectional Imperative to (Trans)Gender and Racial Justice

Justice or Just Us: An Intersectional Imperative to (Trans)Gender and Racial Justice

Audience: All – Open to Everyone

What does transphobia have to do with racism and white supremacy? This session will push participants to consider the significance and impact of an intersectional approach to gender and racial justice, in a way that honors the Black feminists who birthed these frameworks into existence. Participants will be able to:

  1. describe the ways in which the historical and contemporary legacies of racism and transphobia are intertwined with one another and their impacts on trans communities of color today.
  2. apply the concepts learned to their own analysis and practice.
  3. engage in self-reflection of their own experiences with gender and race in a space that is welcoming to BIPOC, trans and gender nonconforming peopleCentering trans and nonbinary communities of color and their experiences with oppression, the session will use reflection, dialogue, and teachings from activism and scholarship to move our communities closer to racial and gender justice.

Type of Experience: Coalition Building, Organizing for Justice Movements | Direct Instruction / Introducing Frameworks or Concepts | Intersectional Race-Based Community Spaces for Processing/Learning/Healing | Generative Dialogue / Group Discussion

Malú Machuca Rose (they/elle) is a transfeminist and anti-colonial scholar, organizer and cultural worker from Lima, Perú. They bring activism and teaching together with caring facilitation and a fierce, intersectional feminist pedagogy. Malú is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Performance Studies and a Mellon Cluster Fellow in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University. Their research focuses on Latin American arts and performance, feminist and sexually dissident forms of activism, and queer and trans of color critique. Malú earned their BA in Sociology from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and their MA in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Malú is currently conducting fieldwork for their dissertation with the support of the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and the Sexualities Project at Northwestern University.
Malú is the Author of: Estado de Violencia (2014), Nuestra Voz Persiste (2016), and Giuseppe Campuzano’s Afterlife: Towards a Travesti Methodology for Critique, Care and Radical Resistance (2019).

T.J. Jourian (he/him) is an independent scholar, educator, consultant, and trainer with 10 years of experience in student affairs. His consulting work has included assessment and strategic planning with professional associations, nonprofits, and more. Centering trans and queer people of color’s experiences and epistemologies, his research examines race, gender, and sexuality in higher education, with particular attention to masculinity and trans masculine students, and campus gender and sexuality centers and practitioners. T.J. earned his Master’s in student affairs administration (with a multicultural education cognate) at Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in higher education at Loyola University Chicago.

He is the Author of: “Fun and carefree like my polka dot bowtie”: Disidentifications of trans masculine students of color, in Queer People of Color in Higher Education, Engaging transgender students in higher education, with Chase Catalano and Z Nicolazzo, in Student Engagement in Higher Education, and Centering trans/nonbinary people of color: Health disparities, resiliency, and opportunities for affirmative clinical practice, with D. L. Whitfield & K. T. Claybren in Social Work and Health Care with Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals and Communities.

Unbreakable Solidarity: Identity, Class & Shifting Power

Unbreakable Solidarity: Identity, Class & Shifting Power

Audience: All – Open to Everyone

Do you feel a desire to work for positive social change, but are not sure where to start? Or are you already engaged in working class movements and want to deepen your analysis of economic power and identity in a way that is compatible with your work? If so, join us for a session designed to meet just these needs and more! This session is for anyone who is interested in or active in social justice and working class politics and wants to: deepen your understanding of the root causes of economic & political inequality, develop or enhance your organizing skills for more effective engagement, and consider within a like-minded group how to have more impact and grounding in your work for social change. We’ll spend our time together moving between facilitator presentations with small and whole group discussion, focusing on theory as well as storytelling to move people to action.

Type of Experience: Generative Dialogue / Group Discussion

Shannon Garth-Rhodes is an educator, communications strategist, and organizer with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU,) and has organized with fast food workers in the “Fight for $15 and a Union” movement for 10 years (since the first strike in St. Louis, MO in 2013.) Prior to joining the labor movement, Shannon was a middle school teacher in Louisville, KY, where they cut their teeth organizing within the reproductive justice movement. Shannon holds a Masters in Education Policy from Harvard and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Louisville.

Eleanor Hancock (she/her) is the founder and director of White Awake, an online platform and nonprofit organization that specializes on anti-racist, political education for people who are socially categorized as “white.” Having built White Awake from a small website to an organization of national significance, Eleanor holds a strong vision for the organization’s work and has drawn together a diverse team of facilitators and contributors through White Awake’s full annual cycle of online programming. Eleanor’s leadership grows out of years of experience as an activist, artist, educator and mother. Her work is informed by labor organizing, and she merges anti-racism with a strong class analysis. For more on how Eleanor frames her work, you can listen to this recent interview on Upstream Podcast.

Living Wellness in Community

Living Wellness in Community

Audience: All – Open to Everyone

Through this offering we will conduct a contemplative practice that centers love and wellness to then reflect on the impact of showing up with “plenitud” (a feeling abundance) in the workplace and what it would be like to live in a community that encourages abundance and healing. This contemplative practice will be co-facilitated by developers of a Staff Wellness curriculum (“Salud, Comunidad y Amor Latine”; SCAL) at Centro Hispano that integrates spiritual, radical, and psychological healing as part of the Esperanza health equity partnership (see: Attention to staff wellness is part of Centro’s value and practice of “healing from the inside out,” recognizing the concomitant issues that BIPOC-identified social service providers face when serving our communities. The objectives of this session are to provide a tangible practice that can help re-center love, wellness and abundance; and reflect on how advocacy could transform workplaces that center staff wellness.

Type of Experience: Contemplative Awareness

From Mexico to the Midwest, Alondra Quechol-Ramirez (she/her) is a DACAmented graduate of UW-Milwaukee. Ms. Quechol majored in Latin America, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies (LACUSL) with a focus on Psychology and mental health. She’s the first in her family to receive a 4-year college degree. Her leadership, resilience, and voice, has opened the eyes, hearts, and minds of many. A poet, artist, public speaker, educator  and community activist. In light of her endless fight, she has received the Wisconsin Women of Color Award for Leadership and Humanitarian Service, the Youth Visionary Leadership Award, the YWCA Women of Distinction Leadership Award, and most recently the Women’s Achievement Award from UW-Milwaukee. Ms. Quechol is happy to be back in Madison, where she calls home.  Alondra is honored to continue to take her leadership background and lived experience to uplift Latinx students in obtaining a post-secondary education under Avanzando Through College as a College Transition Coordinator program and as a Living Wellness in Community member.

Dr. Alyssa M. Ramírez Stege (she/her/ella) is a counseling psychologist from Cholula, Puebla, México where she received her licenciatura (bachelor’s degree) in psychology at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla. Alyssa completed her graduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is back as a clinical assistant professor and Director of the Esperanza Bilingual Psychological Services Certificate in partnership with Centro Hispano of Dane County ( and housed in the Counseling Psychology department. Her work focuses on understanding and developing culturally-affirming Latine-centered psychotherapeutic training and practices through liberationist, anti-racist and decolonization frameworks that seeks to integrate ancestral ways of knowing to strengthen Latine communities. For more information about Esperanza, visit:

Danya Soto Leyva was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to the Chicago area when she started high school. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and two minors in early childhood education and political thought/public law at DePaul University. Most recently, she attained her Master of Science degree in school psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she is pursuing her PhD in school psychology. Danya values and relies on indigenous forms of healing particularly from the Mexica tradition. She loves to sing, dance, hike, ski, and hang out with her family and friends.

Sara Sanchez is the Social Media Coordinator at Centro Hispano of Dane County. She graduated in 2020 with a master in Public Policy at University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in International Relations at ITAM. Sara is proudly Mexican and has been learning how to live in a bilingual environment for the past 4 years.  Sara is passionate about the Laties living in the US as well as local communities in Madison. She defines herself as a curious person with a long list of books to read, a lot of things to learn, and always more series to watch. She likes being presented with disruptive topics and thinking about social issues in a non-traditional way, receiving new trends open-mindedly and with a flexible mindset.

Leading for Equity: A Personal Power Analysis to Support Organizational Transformation

Leading for Equity: A Personal Power Analysis to Support Organizational Transformation

Audience: All – Open to Everyone

A key part of organizational transformation lies in our awareness and use of power. Power emerges from many different sources – our positions, our seniority, our connections and our identities – and power is functioning at all times in the context of relationship, where we have a responsibility to both acknowledge our capacity to create harm and our obligation to repair that harm, as well as our capacity to create experiences of empowerment and belonging. Come join us during this session to develop a deeper understanding of the nature of your power in workplace, community and other contexts and how you can better navigate “power over” and “power under” relationships to shift to “power with.”

Type of Experience: Contemplative Awareness | Direct Instruction / Introducing Frameworks or Concepts | Generative Dialogue / Group Discussion | Skill-Building, Practice

Abha Thakkar (she/her) has spent the last 20+ years as a community organizer, nonprofit administrator, trainer and convener of systems-level work. She brings with her a unique combination of skills and experience, including grassroots leadership development, community organizing, non-extractive public engagement, food systems resilience, community journalism, solidarity economics, restorative justice, and nonprofit operations, including fiscal management and policy and process development. Abha specializes in organizational systems, facilitation and coaching for collective impact initiatives, nonprofits, and local government  through an antiracist lens.

Abha was born in India into a family of revolutionary leaders and community organizers who resisted the British colonizers on two continents.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, has an 12-year old daughter and has traveled to over 60 countries, doing work in many of them to support the social-emotional and educational needs of vulnerable children.

Gery Paredes Vásquez  (she/ella), currently the Race and Gender Equity Director at YWCA Madison, is a lifelong practitioner and collaborator for intersectional justice, healing and collective liberation.

In this role and together with her beloved team, she collaborates with a growing community of artists, advocates, organizers, educators and practitioners in the co-creation of offerings such as this annual Racial Justice Summit, an ongoing Racial Justice Series as well as intersectional race-based offerings such as the BIPOC Healing Justice and Co-Liberation Series. In her work, she also provides collaborative consulting services for equity to organizations via YWCA Madison’s Creating Equitable Organizations partnership program.

Since 2003, she has collaborated with people, communities, and organizations from around the world, including co-founding a non-profit organization in her country of birth. These experiences gave her the opportunity to co-create programs, build capacity and co-facilitate learning experiences that deliberately center social justice with young and adult populations from a very broad range of race, ethnic, gender, socio economic and ideological identities in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, United States, Swaziland, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Italy.

Gery was born in Bolivia, to families of mixed ethnicities and races due to colonization: Indigenous Quechua, Aymara and Guarani with Spanish. She is a graduate of the United World College of India (UWC 98-00), received a bachelor’s degree on Interdisciplinary Social Justice Education from Prescott College, served as Co-Curricular Director of United World College in Costa Rica, and presided over the International Association for Experiential Education.

Libby Tucci (she/her) has been dedicated to social justice in one form or another for most of her life. She is currently a Race & Gender Equity Practitioner at YWCA Madison, and has been with the YWCA for almost 13 years.

Libby’s work (for 10 years at the beginning of her “professional” life) in the field of supporting survivors of domestic violence in varying moments of their journeys led her to become further connected and committed to the exploration of healing from the violence of white supremacy and patriarchy. She is passionate about working to dismantle white supremacy in all of its manifestations—inside of her, in the ways that she shows up in the world, and in our collective culture and structures. She believes that, not only can we all heal from the violence of white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism, but we can also nurture more liberated, interconnected, and compassionate ways of existing together. We can take good care of each other and build a culture in which we can celebrate the beauty of our shared humanity.

Building our Future: Radical Imagination & Public History

Building our Future: Radical Imagination & Public History

Audience: All – Open to Everyone

The practice of radical imagination is a powerful act that allows us to imagine new futures, ones that exist beyond the current bounds of our political and social world. While envisioning new worlds, it may seem contradictory to focus on the past, but history can be a powerful tool – to help us understand what has been done, to see what has worked and failed, and to understand historical acts that in their time were seen as radical. Public historians and UW–Madison community members will co-present on the practice of radical imagination and how history has informed this work, on and off campus.

Type of Experience: Coalition Building, Organizing for Justice Movements | Generative Dialogue / Group Discussion | Skill-Building, Practice

Kacie Lucchini Butcher (she/her) is an award-winning public historian whose work is dedicated to building empathy and advancing social justice. She is currently the Director of the Rebecca M. Blank Center for Campus History, formerly known as the UW-Madison Public History Project — a university-wide effort to uncover and give voice to the histories of discrimination, exclusion, and resistance on campus. The project culminated in the Sifting & Reckoning physical and digital exhibitions, public lectures, curricular materials and more, that give space for the Madison community to reckon with this history. The Center was opened in summer of 2023 to continue and expand upon that work. She is active in the public history community and is the co-chair of the Membership Committee for the National Council on Public History.

Bio for Amaya Boman coming soon.

Bio for Kaleb Autman coming soon.

Taylor L. Bailey (she/her) is a public historian and literary scholar interested in how marginalized people navigate life, seek liberation, and establish kinship. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Rebecca M. Blank Center for Campus History, which was formerly the Public History Project, a multi-year effort to uncover and give voice to the histories of discrimination, exclusion, and resistance on campus. Taylor’s work on the Public History Project and with the Center for Campus History has allowed her the opportunity to unite the aspects of storytelling present in literary scholarship with public history, to research lesser told and known histories, and to impart the knowledge of historical findings to the public in intellectual yet creative ways.

Visual Listening: A Collective Practice in Service of Healing Justice

Visual Listening: A Collective Practice in Service of Healing Justice

Audience: All – Open to Everyone

What might be possible if we change the way we listen? What if we made the invisible visible by listening out loud together? In this hands-on springboard session, participants will learn some of the foundational skills to practice an embodied way of listening which lets what we’re hearing emerge in a visual representation of our own creation. We will share simple visual skills that make it easy, fast, and fun to listen out loud (similar to graphic or visual scribing). By creating and sharing in the language of visual images, we can expand our listening practices and possibilities as a collective. You do not need to have artistic skills or consider yourself an artist to be able to participate in this session! If you can make marks on a paper, you already have everything you need to be able to practice this. Come and try it!

Type of Experience: Community-Building | Contemplative Awareness | Creative/Art Based Processing | Direct Instruction / Introducing Frameworks or Concepts | Skill-Building, Practice

Marcela Kyngesburye (she/her/ella)
For over 15 years, my career has revolved around various roles, including engineer, healer, transformational coach, and teacher. Throughout this journey, my utmost dedication has been to ignite curiosity, nurture imagination, and cultivate well-being, not just for myself but also for the individuals I’ve had the privilege to serve. My life has been a continuous adventure, greatly enriched by the presence of exceptional people. My unwavering commitment to intentional living and mindfulness led me to create the “Bliss in All the Right Places: Reinvent Yourself in 90 Days” program, aimed at helping others transform their lives. I find immense fulfillment in posing thought-provoking questions and offering choices that empower individuals to break free from judgments, opening the path to joy and ease. To learn more about my work, please visit my website.

Nola Walker, MA.  Nola is a professional learning facilitator, educator, mindfulness and visual practitioner. She is an environmental steward and has over twenty years of experience in social justice and inclusion work. These broad and deep experiences inform Nola’s learning facilitation work with individuals and groups.  She is a collaborating consultant with Consulting Collaborative co-creating, developing and implementing programming in organizations committed to social change and innovation. Nola’s mission is to design and facilitate learning experiences that promote sustainable life transformation.

Julie Swanson is an end of life doula, systems story coach and circle host.  She started What’s Possible Now, LLC as a sandbox for her learning journeys to explore new ways of working, learning, and healing.  Julie companions people through transitions, hosts circles and co-creates learning journeys. You can learn more about Julie on Linked In, What’s Possible Now Facebook Page and  Pick My Brain.

Stephanie Steigerwaldt is a certified grief support specialist and death doula-in-training. Along with Julie Swanson, Stephanie co-founded Endings Matter, a project of What’s Possible Now in Madison, WI, that emerged as a response to COVID-19 and the unprecedented mental health challenges of this current time. Stephanie and Julie leverage their pre-pandemic experience as graphic facilitators and storypreneurs to co-create virtual and in-person gatherings that support individuals and groups engaged in self-care and healing work through experience and knowledge sharing, ritual design and The Circle Way. Stephanie holds a Master’s Certificate in Sustainability Leadership through Edgewood College and has more than 20+ years of experience working as a web marketing and communications professional empowering local small businesses and nonprofits. Stephanie lives on Madison’s east side with her partner, daughter, and menagerie of pets, and volunteers with neighborhood small businesses and public school projects.

A Conversation with Disability Advocates -- "Nothing About Us Without Us!"

A Conversation with Disability Advocates — “Nothing About Us Without Us!”

Audience: All – Open to Everyone

Join our conversation to hear the journeys of self-advocates with disabilities. Their stories illustrate the value of lived experience in the advocacy sphere, the impact of low societal expectations, and the challenges people face navigating support systems.

Type of Experience: Coalition Building, Organizing for Justice Movements | Direct Instruction / Introducing Frameworks or Concepts | Generative Dialogue / Group Discussion

Kaitlin McNamara
I am the oldest sibling to three younger sisters, two of whom identify as people with disabilities. In 2019, I relocated from my hometown of Wausau to Madison in order to join the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities as the Project Coordinator for a Project of National Significance called Living Well. My work has focused on enhancing quality services, educating about human rights, and improving the systems of reporting abuse and neglect of people with disabilities. In 2022, I graduated from The University of Wisconsin Law School where I concentrated on disability justice and changing systems through administrative law. I am passionate about creating inclusive and safe communities for people with disabilities and equipping community members to be allies and partners in this work.

Bio for Cindy coming soon.

Bio for Kristi coming soon.

Bio for Sydney coming soon.

Building Toward Bodily Autonomy and Reproductive Justice: A Community Discussion

Building Toward Bodily Autonomy and Reproductive Justice: A Community Discussion

Audience: All – Open to Everyone

A generative dialogue about the principles, legacies, and futures of reproductive justice and our own experiences and connections to it.

Type of Experience: Generative Dialogue / Group Discussion Discussion

Cynthia Lin (she/her, they/them) is a facilitator and organizer at heart who centers connection and curiosity. She has recently been Deputy Director of Movement Building at the National Network of Abortion Funds and is currently board president of local member fund WMF Wisconsin. As a consultant and strategist, she supports movement leaders and organizations to embody purpose, strategy, and their values in practice.

Bio for Ali Muldrow coming soon.

Roots Deeper than Whiteness: Liberatory Ancestral Recovery for Euro-Descendant People

Roots Deeper than Whiteness: Liberatory Ancestral Recovery for Euro-Descendant People

Audience: People Racialized as White, Including Multiracial People

Together, as descendants of those who were stripped of their inherited traditions and socialized to become “white,” we will explore how a deeper understanding of our ancestry can help us develop a renewed and rooted sense of self that can power our efforts for collective liberation. This session will involve presentations on the history of white racial socialization and on an identity-development framework for integrating this historical knowledge. Participants will also have opportunities for reflection in small groups.

Type of Experience: Coalition Building, Organizing for Justice Movements | Direct Instruction / Introducing Frameworks or Concepts | Generative Dialogue / Group Discussion

David Dean is a political educator, writer, and speaker seeking to support the growth of powerful coalitions in our social movements. He gives particular focus to helping white people engage in these movements with emotional strength, political clarity, and fierce purpose. He leads trainings independently and is also a current facilitator and former Associate Director at White Awake, where he has led courses for more than 5000 individuals. He is currently writing a book titled Roots Deeper than Whiteness meant to help white Americans cultivate a rooted, anti-racist identity based on a deeper understanding of their ancestry that can drive their efforts for collective liberation. To receive regular writing from David and learn about other training opportunities with him, sign up for his newsletter, Toward Solidarity.

Deepening Our Resilience and Integrity: Showing Up as White People in Multiracial Spaces

Deepening Our Resilience and Integrity: Showing Up as White People in Multiracial Spaces

Audience: White People

Do you have questions about showing up as a white person in racial justice work? I sure do! How do I show up and engage, knowing I might make a mistake? How do I manage my emotions and reactions when I do mess up? How do I own my impact when my intention was to be helpful? How do I show up open? Cultivating resilience and integrity can help us be accountable and responsible in multiracial relationships and spaces. This experiential and interactive session is a space to explore the tensions that often arise for us as white people as we deepen our racial justice practice in community. We’ll explore our communal wisdom through large and small group discussions and discuss tools and strategies that help us stay present when we feel challenged.

Type of Experience: Contemplative Awareness | Generative Dialogue / Group Discussion | Skill-Building, Practice

I’m Jen Wilson, a resident of the northside of Madison, WI. I identify as a white, cis-gendered, queer woman, and I’m a coach, consultant, and author. The YWCA of Madison Racial Justice Summit is an anchor event in my year because I believe that we learn best in community, in brave space with each other. My background is in community social work, education, and nonprofit organizational development. I’m founder/principal of New Leaf Coaching and Consulting where I write, teach, collaborate, coach, and consult with individuals, teams, and organizations that are working toward equity, justice, and collective liberation. I’m excited to be at the Summit with you!

Tending to the Collective: Your Body is Your Access Point

Tending to the Collective: Your Body is Your Access Point

Audience: White People

White supremacy and white dominant culture and its impact are playing out across the levels of personal, interpersonal, and collective ways of being. Autonomic (default, physiological) responses like defensiveness, blaming, and shut-down can cause harm and perpetuate white supremacy culture. These patterns live in our body. In our time together, we will draw on Somatic Experiencing (SE), a body-based organic approach to healing, to help unwind some of these default patterns in our own bodies, and build resilience for showing up with care and accountability. We will invite you into practices to support your capacity to track your body’s responses and access deep resource. Practices will incorporate body awareness, gentle movement, small group connections and will be accessible to bring into your daily life.

Type of Experience: Community-Building | Contemplative Awareness | Healing Practice | Skill-Building, Practice

Heather Sorensen (she/her)
Hello everyone! My name is Heather. I identify as a white, cisgender woman, and I live in Madison, Wisconsin, far from my roots and family in California. I’m a parent and partner, and love to hike, write, and create.

I’ve long been drawn to the ways our inner worlds weave with the collective, both in trauma and in healing. I’m continually learning more about the ways that white supremacy creates violence on every level–inside us and around us. I’ve learned to trust that when we slow down and listen to the body, heart, and mind, we will find ways to take that next step toward healing in our relationships and in the larger culture. I’m so grateful for the beautiful human beings who have invited me into racial justice practice, and am committed to extending that invitation in the work that I do.

A licensed clinical social worker, I’ve worked for over twenty years in clinical and community settings with individuals and groups. I’ve recently completed training in Somatic Experiencing, a body-based, organic approach to trauma healing. I am a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. I am a practicing psychotherapist, and I facilitate mindfulness meditation and embodied racial justice groups with the UW Health Mindfulness Program and the YWCA Race and Gender Equity Team.

Emily Hagenmaier (she, her) is a clinical social worker and somatic therapist in private practice in Madison. Emily is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mindfulness Program where she developed a play-based mindfulness class for young children and their caregivers. Her work explores how creative mindfulness practices can support attunement and connection. Emily also teaches Mindful Self Compassion to adults and is an advisor to Sesame Street Workshop. Emily is interested in how creativity can interrupt and transform white supremacy culture. She enjoys eccentric crafting, thinking about colors, cheese, and visiting trees. She is a parent of 12 year old twins and a 9 year old.

Drop-In Meetup Spaces | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Access Through the “Sessions” Area in Hopin | Sign up is NOT required

Racial justice movement building is linked and interwoven with many other dimensions of movements for justice. 

Summit attendees will have the opportunity  to make connections in unmoderated virtual spaces between their ongoing racial justice practice and others working in specific justice movements, including restorative justice, gender justice, immigration justice, disability justice, climate justice, and more.

Types of Learning Experiences:

Our sessions will offer many different types of experiential learning; the description of each offering will include one or several of these different categories of learning experiences.

Coalition Building, Organizing for Justice Movements: Practices and processes that support attendees to envision collective actions, explore possibilities of collaboration, power and movement building towards a common challenge or opportunity. 

Community-Building: Experiences that deliberately support attendees to connect and learn about each other, build relationships across their lived experiences, areas of practice and work, as well as create collective knowledge and wisdom together.

Contemplative Awareness: Practices and processes that support attendees being present as whole people (body, mind, heart and spirit), integrating stillness and conscious movement, i.e. meditation, mindfulness, embodied practice, movement meditation, etc.

Creative/Art Based Processing: Spaces that offer attendees opportunities to express their reflections, insights, questions and inspirations via journaling, reflective writing, poetry, spoken word, singing, doodling, visual arts, music, etc.

Direct Instruction / Introducing Frameworks or Concepts:  Experiences that introduce attendees to content information about intersectional racial justice, collective healing and liberation, i.e. featuring of a documentary, introduction of a model or approach, etc.).

Healing Centered Practice: Spaces that guide participants in experiencing methods and practices that support their exploration of personal and collective healing as it relates to intersectional racial justice and liberation. i.e. sound healing, circle process, rest, etc.

Intersectional Race-Based Community Spaces for Processing/Learning/Healing: Experiences that deliberately support attendees to connect and practice with peers with whom they share intersectional identities across race, gender, ethnicity, etc. and with a shared purpose to process, learn, unlearn, about what is present for their specific lived experiences and as it relates to intersectional racial justice, collective healing and liberation. 

Generative Dialogue / Group Discussion: Practices and processes that guide attendees through conversations on a specific topic/area of practice, and towards meaning making for their personal racial justice learning/unlearning journeys, as well as our broader collective journeys for justice and liberation.

Movement-Based Practice: Spaces that invite attendees to engage with movement-based arts such as improv theater, dance, theater of the oppressed, etc. as part of their racial justice learning/unlearning journey.

Skill-Building, Practice: Experiences that provide attendees with opportunities to learn and practice skills such as empathic listening, engaged dialogue for conflict transformation, liberatory mindsets, and other similar, that then they can integrate into their ongoing racial justice learning/unlearning  journeys.


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