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The YWCA of Madison is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1909 as a member of the national YWCA. We are committed to self-determined social change for women of all racial, ethnic and economic groups. The YWCA provides leadership in our community, nation and world in the struggle for peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. The YWCA Madison is committed to providing safe, affordable housing for low-income women, emergency shelter for homeless women and families, Racial Justice programming, education and training to ensure economic security for women, sexual assault prevention and job ride transportation, and enrichment programs for girls to grow healthy, strong, and confident.


Women are empowered and the quality of their lives greatly improved in partnership with the YWCA. As more women find personal strength, together we build a community where diversity and the elimination of discrimination are celebrated and honored.

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YWCA Racial Justice Summit: Keynote by Angela Glover Blackwell

Episode first aired on 10/6/2013

Capital Area Regional Planning Commission presents: Keynote by Angela Glover Blackwell: America's Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model
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YWCA Racial Justice Summit: Making Connections

Episode first aired on 10/6/2013

Making Connections
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YWCA Racial Justice Summit: The Race to Equity Report

Episode first aired on 10/5/2013

Presentation of the Race to Equity Report by representatives of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.
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2012 Women of Distinction

Episode first aired on 6/3/2012

The Women of Distinction event began in 1974, when Louise Marston Conklin, a longtime editor of the Wisconsin State Journal, retired and decided to turn her retirement celebration into a benefit for the YWCA, on whose board she then served. Since that time, the YWCA has recognized more than 185 Women of Distinction. Their community service, professional achievement, integrity, leadership and dedication to the lives of others and to the quality of life for all stand as a reflection of the YWCA's historic mission and values.
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Circle of Women 2012

Episode first aired on 3/3/2012

Circle of Women is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the YWCA and support the YWCA Madison's employment and training, counseling, housing and racial justice programs, which enrich the lives of Madison and Dane County women and families. Guests hear from women whose lives have been changed by the YWCA Madison and discover how their gift benefits women and their families in our community. The event was conceived as a way to encourage philanthropy among women and provide an opportunity to network with others from diverse social, ethnic, economic, educational and cultural backgrounds.
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Racial Justice Summit: Harley Eagle – Teachings from an Indigenous Worldview: Recognizing and Breaking Patterns of Oppression in Restorative Justice Practices

Episode first aired on 10/26/2011

Harley Eagle is of Dakota and Anishinabe decent. He is the co-coordinator of Indigenous work for the Mennonite Central Committee Canada, a Restorative justice practitioner, and dismantling racism/oppression trainer. Harley will look to his Dakota traditions and experience in working with Indigenous and diverse communities in both Restorative Justice and dismantling oppression to explore what it might mean to address racial harms using Restorative concepts that embrace a fuller Indigenous worldview.
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Racial Justice Summit: Dr. Joy DeGruy – Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Episode first aired on 10/16/2011

Author, Speaker, and Professor, Dr. Joy DeGruy, has been lauded as the most dynamic and inspirational presenter on the topics of culture, race relations, education, and contemporary social issues today. Her theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome suggests that centuries of slavery followed by systemic racism and oppression have resulted in multigenerational adaptive behaviors, some of which have been positive and reflective of resilience, and others that are detrimental and destructive.
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Racial Justice Summit: Dr. Joy DeGruy: “And How Are the Children?” and “African American Male Adolescent Violence”

Episode first aired on 10/15/2011

This session explores the relationship between multi-generational trauma and oppression experienced by African Americans, and contemporary issues of educational achievement, juvenile justice, interpersonal relationships, and sexuality facing African-American children and youth. This workshop also examines the relationship between current and historical stressors unique to economically disadvantaged African American male youth by investigating issues of violence victimization, violence witnessing, urban hassles, racial socialization, issues of respect, and the presence of violence among these youth.
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Racial Justice Summit: Dr. Fania Davis – Restorative Justice: What’s Race Got to Do With It?

Episode first aired on 10/14/2011

Dr. Fania E. Davis, Civil Rights Attorney and Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, will focus on the contemporary U.S. restorative justice movement and race. Does this new - but ancient - paradigm of justice that privileges healing over punitive responses to wrongdoing have the potential to push back the "New Jim Crow" and render mass incarceration (particularly of African American males) obsolete? If not, why not? If so, how so, and what are the challenges and potential pitfalls?
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Racial Justice Summit: Response Round with Dr. Angela Davis and Dr. Fania Davis

Episode first aired on 10/13/2011

As part of the 2011 YWCA Racial Justice Summit, both Dr. Angela Davis and Dr. Fania E. Davis will address questions from the audience following their keynote addresses. They will address issues such as institutional racism and restorative justice.
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Racial Justice Summit: Dr. Angela Davis – Institutional Racism in the Penal and Criminal Justice System

Episode first aired on 10/12/2011

Through her activism and her scholarship over the last decades, Dr. Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation's quest for social justice. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination.
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Racial Justice Summit: Oscar Reed – The Restorative Way: My Path to Restorative Justice

Episode first aired on 10/11/2011

The 2011 YWCA Racial Justice Summit features this Keynote address from Oscar Reed, who has dedicated the past 25 years of his life to Restorative Justice work youth, primarily with low-income, challenged inner-city youth and families. He is co-founder of The Restorative Way and he is a trainer for the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking.
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2011 Women of Distinction

Episode first aired on 5/30/2011

A YWCA national initiative, recognizes the professional and personal achievement of women.
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36th Annual Women of Distinction 2010

Episode first aired on 6/4/2010

Each year, the YWCA recognizes women whose community service, professional achievement, integrity, leadership and dedication to the lives of others and to the quality of life for all, distinguish them as Women of Distinction. 2010 marks the 36th annual presentation of this prestigious honor.
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Circle of Women 2010

Episode first aired on 3/7/2010

Circle of Women is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the YWCA and support the YWCA Madison's employment and training, counseling, housing and racial justice programs, which enrich the lives of Madison and Dane County women and families. Guests hear from women whose lives have been changed by the YWCA Madison and discover how their gift benefits women and their families in our community. The event was conceived as a way to encourage philanthropy among women and provide an opportunity to network with others from diverse social, ethnic, economic, educational and cultural backgrounds.