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

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.


Our workshops often include printed handouts as part of the engagement. These handouts can be made available in advance as PDFs if you need to have them on your own device for accessibility reasons.The workshops also include interactive activities and small group discussions that are adaptable to allow people to participate in ways that work for them.

The Empowerment Center is ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.

If you have any accessibility concerns or needs, please indicate that on your registration form so that we can plan accordingly.

There is an all-gender restroom downstairs at the Empowerment Center. There is also a lift at the back of the Center to be able to get downstairs.


Certificate Program

As an optional component of the workshop series, 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.

Workshop Calendar

Spring 2020 Series–CANCELLED

Due to precautions necessary to slow COVID-19, the Spring Racial Justice Workshop Series has been cancelled.
Summer 2020 Series

We understand that the rapidly changing nature of Coronavirus means that this engagement may not be possible. We will continue to monitor recommendations from the Public Health Department of Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) and the Center for Disease Control and plan accordingly.

In the meantime, you can save the following dates for the Summer Racial Justice Workshop Series:
  • Tuesday, July 28th – Level 100: Understanding Othering and Belonging
  • Wednesday, July 29thLevel 200: Deconstructing Racism
  • Thursday, July 30th – Level 300: The Impact of the System of Inequity

Fall 2020 Series

We have not yet identified our dates for the Fall 2020 Racial Justice Workshop Series. If you would like to be added to the list of people to be notified when we have our dates, and registration is open, please email Libby Tucci.