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Volume 1

December 2021

November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

Summer 2021

June 2021

May 2021

March 2021

February 2021


Volume 2

January 2022

February 2022

March 2022

April 2022

May 2022


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Press Releases/Announcements

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin President & CEO Tracy Williams Invited to White House

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Announces New President & CEO, Tracy Williams

YWCA SEW Welcomes Jomarie Coloriano, Bobby Griffin III & Brigitte Hyler Richerson 

Rockwell Automation Awards $125,000 to YWCA Southeast Wisconsin to Support Racial Justice Work

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin and YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Bring Milwaukee Leaders Together for Stand Against Racism 2021

Partner Lindsey Davis Elected Board Chair of YWCA Southeast Wisconsin for 2021

Racial justice organization also elects new Board Chair and Vice Chair

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Receives Rockwell Automation Grant

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Receives Grant from Google.org to Empower Women and Underserved Americans

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Announces Appointment of Interim President and CEO

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Increases Volunteer Engagement with Kohl’s

Racine Based Women’s Empowerment Organization to Host Intimate Discussion on Insurance

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Racine Partnership Highlighted in National Initiative In Partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ballmer Group

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Begins Search For Next President & CEO

Event News

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Announces this year’s An Evening to Promote Racial Justice One Mission Awardees

Local Artists Bring New Perspectives to YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s 17th annual An Evening to Promote Racial Justice on December 9th, Kohls and Other Community Enterprises Join Growing Sponsor List

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Announces Presenting Sponsors for 17th annual An Evening to Promote Racial Justice

16th annual An Evening to Promote Racial Justice set for December 9th Virtual event will honor the remarkable advocacy of regional women leaders

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Announces Virtual Experience for 25th Annual Circle of Women: Face of the Future

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Announces Eliminating Racism and Racial Justice Legacy Award Recipients

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s 24th Annual Circle of Women: Stand with Her.  Brewers Community Foundation To Be Exclusive Presenting Sponsor For 2019 Circle Of Women Stand With Her

YWCA SEW Statements

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s Statement following the Verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Statement on Breonna Taylor

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin on the Murder of George Floyd

Anishinaabe on Turtle Island

Friday, October 11, 2019

Written by Dynasty Ceasar, Racial Justice Trainer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin  In the wake of Indigenous People’s Day it would be easy to focus our energy on discussing the turmoil that was caused by Christopher Columbus. It would be equivalent to the effortlessness that comes with talking to a family member who shares the same negative… Continue Reading Anishinaabe on Turtle Island

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Words with Friends on Immigration

Friday, September 27, 2019

Written for the Advocacy Corner Blog by Dynasty Ceasar, Racial Justice Trainer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin  Every Saturday for the last three months, I’ve gathered with good friends. As we enter two at time in a quiet place we find ourselves in a lively conversation discussing race, politics, and what it takes to change the world.… Continue Reading Words with Friends on Immigration

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Written by Martha Barry, PhD, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Given the current national emphasis, much of our focus is on Hispanics/Latinos immigration. Our attention lingers on the horrors of detention centers at our US – Mexico border. Seeing young people ripped from their parents and held in inhumane conditions is heartbreaking. Immigration is… Continue Reading National Hispanic Heritage Month

Women’s Equality Day

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Written by Paula Penebaker, President & CEO, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin On August 26, 2019 we will celebrate the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution prohibiting the states and federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. The date was first celebrated… Continue Reading Women’s Equality Day


Friday, July 12, 2019

Written by Martha Barry, PhD, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Patriotism: a loaded term.  One can think of going to war to defend our country, of allegiance or loyalty to the country, or nationalism. It can also include images of flags, fireworks, backyard barbecues and family celebrations. We often think of the 4th of… Continue Reading Patriotism

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its Connection to Racism

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Written by Jamaal Smith, Racial Justice Community Engagement Manager, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” “You’re pretty for a Black girl!” “I can’t breathe!” “Guilty!” “Criminals!” “Rapists!” “Drug dealers!” All of these statements or declarations are common when referencing people of color.  The belief in biological inferiority of Black and Brown people in comparison… Continue Reading Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its Connection to Racism

Women’s Health

Friday, May 10, 2019

Written by Martha Barry, PhD, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin  I am female. I love many females. We are interesting, complex, thoughtful, courageous individuals who sometimes prioritize others over self.  Growing up, I remember learning at 19 that my mother had high blood pressure. Her doctor put her on medication. It took some time… Continue Reading Women’s Health

Feminism and Inclusion | White Supremacy to Colorblindness

Friday, March 8, 2019

Written by Dynasty Ceasar, Racial Justice Trainer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin The month of March is Women’s History Month, during which, it is important to examine who this would include and whose history we are celebrating. Particular attention should be paid to the concept of inclusion within the Feminist Movement for women of color. March has both,… Continue Reading Feminism and Inclusion | White Supremacy to Colorblindness