YWCA Madison offers this three day series of learning experiences as an opportunity to develop a foundational understanding of the the System of Racial Inequity in the context of the United States, and the impact it has at the interpersonal, institutional, and structural levels.
Through the development of this critical consciousness, we can also begin to build practices that interrupt the racial narrative of white supremacy and support personal and collective liberation grounded in equity.
All sessions utilize multiple learning strategies, including: virtually facilitated learning experiences, interactive community building through an online platform, and self-directed learning, reflection, and processing outside of the facilitated experiences.
The sessions are designed in a progressive way, and an integral component of the experience is the shared dialogue participants have with fellow attendees. For this reason, it is required that participants plan to attend all 3 sessions in order to receive the full benefit of this format.
Racial Justice Workshops Descriptions
This workshop explores the construction of race in the context of the United States, and what that means for our systems of identity. Participants will learn more about themselves, and the role race plays in our everyday interactions through interpersonal and societal othering and belonging.
This workshop is an examination of how racism is embedded in the historical legacy of the United States in our laws, economy, housing markets, and institutions. By considering this historical context, participants come to understand the impact that past policies have in creating the racial narrative of white supremacy we still see today.
In this workshop, participants will examine the impact that privilege and bias have at the interpersonal, institutional, and structural levels and the behavioral and structural manifestations of white supremacy culture. Through this understanding, we can begin to build strategies and practices for interrupting the manifestations of racism in all of our spheres of influence.
Fees and Scholarships
The price to attend the Series is $250.
We want anyone to be able to access this opportunity for learning. If finances are a barrier for you to be able to attend, please contact Libby Tucci to connect about scholarship options. We are willing to work with you to come up with a plan that works for you. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Our Virtual Series Offering
We ask participants to dedicate the full day (9am – 5pm CST) to their racial justice learning and practice for each day of the Series.
Participants will have two facilitated blocks of learning over Zoom (AM Block: 9am-11am; PM Block: 2pm-4:30pm) with approximately 1-2 hrs of self-directed practices in between these two blocks. These practices are meant to deepen reflection, sense making, and application for their racial justice learning and will sometimes be offered in pairs or small group formats as well.
SPRING/SUMMER 2021 SERIES
The Spring/Summer Series will be offered virtually on the following dates:
- Thursday, May 27th – Day 1: Introduction to the System of Racial Inequity
- Thursday, June 10th – Day 2: Exploring the History of Racism
- Wednesday, June 16th – Day 3: Moving into Racial Justice as an Ongoing Practice
Registration for the Spring/Summer Series is now full.
A Note on the Absence of a Fall Series in 2021:
We will not be offering a Racial Justice Series to the Community this Fall. We will be dedicating our energy to be responsive to the needs of our Creating Equitable Organizations partners, and to the needs of our Team and YWCA staff.
If you would like to be notified when have dates for the Spring 2022 Series, please email our Team.