YWCA Madison offers this series of workshops as an opportunity to develop a foundational understanding 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 will utilize multiple learning strategies, including: interactive activities, facilitated discussion, and film screening.
The sessions are designed in a progressive way, and an integral component of the experience is the shared discussions participants have with fellow attendees. Although it’s possible to participate in just one or two of the sessions–if it’s possible for you–we recommend that you take all three sessions in succession 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.
The Racial Justice Workshop Series will be held at YWCA Madison’s Empowerment Center located at 2040 South Park Street.
Fees and Scholarships
Purchased individually, each workshop is $100. Attend all three levels and save $50 (for a total fee of $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 discuss 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.
As an optional component of the the workshop series, the YWCA offers a Racial Justice Certificate program as a way to engage in a more in-depth learning experience. Participants who would like to receive a YWCA Racial Justice Certificate must: attend all three sessions in the series, complete additional reading assignments between the sessions, keep a journal, and meet for an additional hour after the last session for discussion regarding the readings.
The reading assignments will be sent directly to registrants that indicate their interest in doing the Certificate Program and will include approximately 20-30 pages of reading following each session.
Spring 2020 Series
We have not yet identified our dates for the Spring Series. Please check back for updates.
If you would like to be added to the list of people to be notified when we have our future series dates set, please email Libby Tucci.