Racial Justice Workshops

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

Location, Transportation, and Parking

All sessions are held at YWCA Madison’s Empowerment Center located at 2040 S. Park Street, which is serviced by multiple bus lines and is close to the South Transfer Point. There is ample parking available as well.

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.

Certificate Program

For a more in-depth learning experience, the YWCA offers an optional Racial Justice Certificate program. 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.

Workshop Calendar

Fall Series 2019

  • Understanding Othering and Belonging: Level 100—Tuesday, November 26, 2019
  • Deconstructing Racism: Level 200—Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • The Impact of the System of Racial Inequity: Level 300—Tuesday, December 10, 2019

All Sessions will be held from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

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 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.