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Racial Justice Workshops

YWCA Madison / Racial Justice Workshops
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    FALL 2018 SERIES

    All sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at YWCA Madison’s Empowerment Center located at 2040 S. Park Street. Purchased individually, each workshop is $100. Attend all three levels and save $50.

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    About the Workshops


    Looking at culture through the lens of race, the YWCA offers this educational training to broaden intercultural and interracial awareness and to improve intercultural and interracial communication.

    This workshop explores the role that culture plays in communicating and resolving (or escalating) conflicts across racial lines. With a focus on racial and ethnic diversity in the United States, participants in this workshop will learn about verbal and non-verbal communication and conflict styles.

    This introductory-level workshop leverages multiple learning strategies, including: interactive activities, discussion and a film screening. Through a combination of techniques, participants will learn more about themselves and the role culture plays in our everyday interactions and how to navigate these interactions with conscious and culturally appropriate ways.


    By examining and assessing how racism impacts and is perpetuated at the structural level, participants and organizations develop a critical consciousness which is the basis for action planning and implementation regarding the elimination of racism and creating multicultural organizations.

    This workshop is an external examination of how racism is embedded in the historical legacy of the United States in our laws, economy, housing markets, and institutions, including our criminal justice and educational systems. By considering this historical legacy, participants come to understand the impact that past policies still have on our society today.

    This intermediate-level workshop utilizes the Race: The Power of an Illusion film series from PBS. By asking, “What is this thing called ‘race’?”, a question so basic it is rarely asked, Race: The Power of an Illusion helps set the terms that any further discussion of race must first take into account. These highly interactive workshops culminate in strategic planning and policy analysis to help people apply these ideas to their individual lives and their organizations.


    This programming focuses on advancing and enhancing the knowledge of people committed to challenging racism in the United States. Through shared self inquiry and analysis, we explore race-based privilege and its impact on and cost to every member of our society.

    This session offers the opportunity for internal reflection through a combination of constructive dialogue and interactive activities. This workshop includes a screening of Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible. The stories highlighted in the film are insightful, poignant and speak to the subtle and overt behaviors stemming from bias that take many forms: personal, interpersonal, cultural, institutional and systemic.

    This advanced-level workshop is intended for participants who acknowledge that racism is a real and pervasive force that can be subtle or unintentional, but is no less impactful on our community. Participants will examine the role that privilege has played in their lives and explore how their privilege can be harnessed for positive change and meaningful action.

    Certificate Program

    For an intensive and cumulative learning experience, the YWCA offers a Racial Justice Certificate program for participants who attend all three of the Racial Justice course levels and complete reading and online assignments between the courses. We recommend, but do not require, that participants attend the courses in order of their levels (ie: 100, 200, then 300).

    Participants who would like to achieve a YWCA Racial Justice Certificate will be asked to complete the online curriculum, preferably before the first session. After enrolling in the Certificate Program, participants will be given a link to all of the required readings. Assignments include approximately 20-30 pages of reading following each session and the expectation that participants will reflect on both classes and readings in a journal. Certificate program participants will be required to attend an additional hour of discussion on their final class session to review journal entries with fellow certificate program participants.